I have been planning to do an audio post for a while now and when I seen that Jen from Devourer Of Books was having an Audio Book Week, I knew I had to jump on board and support this.
I love audio and I have expressed that time and again on this blog. I really started listening to them last summer when I received a few for review through Hachette audio. I discovered that while I was traveling during the summer months I preferred listening to audio over the radio.
Here are some times that audio is more beneficial that books:
It is hard to read and cook. You either wind up burning dinner; the book, or both. Audio can play at a safe distance from all things flammable and you can stir or chop or set the table while listening.
Driving and reading is frowned upon. It could get you a ticket or worse. Audio cds are fair game in the car and feel free to yell to your hears content when the character makes you angry, and pull over and weep on the steering wheel when alas…. the incredible read comes to a heartbreaking end.
I can sweep and mop the floor and not try to balance a book while doing it or feel disgruntled because the house work is cutting into my reading time. Wash and fold laundry, dust,do windows – even mow the lawn all while listening to audio.
Sometimes a book on the treadmill can be difficult and dangerous. Drop that baby on the tread and you could take a nasty spill. On the other hand, pop in an audio and you are moving right along getting into a great story and have the added benefit of not hearing the guy running next to you gasping for breath.
Ok – I am just being funny here – but the point is that audio can go where books can not. I have only listened to audio for a little over a year now and I love it. A great audio has made long road trips interesting and bearable. Just this afternoon I sat in my car in the garage to hear what was going to happen to Mike Bennett as he defused a hostage situation in James Patterson’s Step On A Crack. In my bathroom while I get ready in the morning my IPOD sits in its speakers and I hear Zoey make tough decisions about life and death…. literally in House of Night: Chosen by Kristin Cast. In my CD player for when I am buzzing around the house Jim Dale takes me back to Hogwarts with Harry and Ron in a voice that I love and makes up for the fact that I do not have time to sit down and re-read this series I love so much.
This may be a bit much, but my point is that I can turn on an audio as I do my life.
What I would like to know from my readers is – if you do not do audio… why not? (expect me to try to change your mind 😀 )
And if you do like audio, I would love to hear what book is awesome on audio, as I am still new to this but when you find one that is read well – it is like finding the gold ticket in the Wonka Bar…. you already had the delicious chocolate, the ticket is just a bonus! 😀
The Kite Runner read by Khaled Hosseini (author) Blew me away!
Anything by James Patterson – his readers are wonderful!
House Rules by Jodi Piccoult is read by 6 different people and is incredible
The Harry Potter books read by Jim Dale