It’s All about the Audio (Books)

Confession: I’ve never been a huge fan of audio books.

I think this audio book aversion stems from one I bought from a sale bin at the bookstore one year for a road trip. The female narrator spoke in an almost comical, deep voice for the male parts in the story, and it drove me crazy. However, I had a great audio book experience with the first five Harry Potter novels on audio in the past and LOVED those. The narrator, Jim Dale, has a fabulously rich voice and wonderful British accent.

That was the extent of my audio book experience in the last ten years … until it recently occurred to me that my long and boring daily commute would be a tad less stressful if I lost myself in a book. And so, in the last year, I’ve listened to the unabridged versions of the following audio books:

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
  • Yes Please! by Amy Poehler
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • What I know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey (I actually just started this one.)

With the exception of Wild, all of the above books were narrated by the actual author, which was a real treat. My two favorites were On Writing and Eat, Pray, Love.  The rest were good. Okay, more than good. They were funny, interesting, informative and entertaining. I enjoyed them all!

Given the choice between reading a book or listening to a book, I prefer to read. But, depending on the circumstances, audio books can be a convenient and enjoyable alternative. And now that we’ve gone mobile and can listen to them on our phones, it opens a world of opportunities. Anything that can help make boring tasks (like commuting) more interesting is a big win in my book (pun intended).

In other words … I now love audio books.

2 thoughts on “It’s All about the Audio (Books)

  1. Rhea, I enjoyed your post, and I’m glad to hear that someone else is now enjoying audiobooks! In adddition to making my drive to work more pleasant, I find that listening, when I would much rather be reading, makes boring things like laundry and cleaning more enjoyable, too. I’ll definitely be adding some of the books from your above list to my TBR list!

    1. Yay! Thanks for reading and commenting on my new blog, Bobbi. Be sure to share any good reads you’ve listened to lately!

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