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.