Well, I know that I am seriously last minute with my decision to participate in Audio Book Week. Jen of Devourer of Books is hosting this event. (Thanks Jen)!!! She has discussion topics for each day this week. And if you link to your posts on audio books, or your reviews of audio books you could win a prize.
Today’s question is Why Audio books?
I have been listening to audio books for over (10) years now, initially audio cassettes and for the last (8) years books on CDs. I usually listen to at least (3-4) audio books each month (sometimes more). I find I can multi-task with audio books: go for a walk, clean the house, iron, garden, relax on the beach, and of course when riding in the car. I also LOVE going to bed most nights listening to an audio book on my iPod. I is very relaxing (no grizzly murders please, before bed). I usually can finish (1) disc before nodding off, and it I do fall asleep before finishing it, I just continue in the morning while checking email and having my coffee.
The reader makes or breaks the audio book for most listeners, and if I find the reader's voice annoying, it doesn't mean I'll never read that book book instead I'll just pick up the print version. What I find super cool, is when I have both the audio book and the print version of a great audio book, like I do right now when I began listening to Justin Cronin's The Passage (25 discs). Scott Brick is a fabulous reader and has hooked me from disc # 1.
Some people claim they cannot listen to audio books because they get too distracted. I don't find that to be a problem, unless there are multiple characters and story lines going on. If that happens, I pass on the audio book. I just finished (2 ) audio books that I am writing reviews for: Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show; Frank Delaney (very good) and The Murderer's Daughters; Randy Susan Meyers, also very good --both readers were excellent as well. Frank Delaney read his own book.
So what about you; are you a fan of audio books? If so tell us why.