Over the years I’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship with audiobooks. Mostly off-again. It started with cassette tapes checked out of the library but, after my third trip back to the library with a handful of chewed-up brown tape that used to be tape six of a seven-tape book, we broke up. We reconciled briefly when my library began offering books on CD, but my CD player could only read “tracks” and wouldn’t pick up exactly where I left off. When a day full of interruptions meant listening to the first five minutes of chapter three about twelve times, I decided audiobooks and I were over for good.
Then came digital. I’m not the most tech-savvy knife in the block, though, and on the rare occasion I managed to get an audiobook onto my mp3 player, I’d find the thing was stuck on shuffle. That makes for a confusing plot. But Audible and iTunes and my iPod Touch have made listening to audiobooks so simple, I’ve been sucked back in and, during this holiday season, I’m very thankful I can “read” on the go.
An audiobook is the perfect company while I declutter and dust all the spaces I put my Christmas knick-knacks, wrap presents and stare at my list, waiting for gift ideas to appear by magic. And that’s on top of regular housecleaning. Amazing how sparkly my floors get when I’m in a really good part of an audiobook! I don’t listen to them while I drive because I lose track of what’s going on in the book while I’m yelling at other drivers, but I know a lot of people who love “reading” during their commutes. They’re also great for knitters, though I haven’t had time to knit so much as a scarf this winter.
Right now I’m listening to The Bride by Julie Garwood (an old favorite, though this is my first time listening to it on audio), and also loaded on the iPod are Completely Smitten by Susan Mallery, The Next Always by Nora Roberts and, if I find myself with a to-do list that’s going to keep me on the move for a long time, 11-22-63 by Stephen King. There are some books I bought for my Kindle I’m now wishing I’d bought in audio because I don’t seem to have any time to sit and read right now.
How do you feel about audiobooks? Have you given them a shot yet or do you prefer reading over listening? Do you have a favorite (either book or narrator) and what are you reading/listening to this week?
About Shannon Stacey:
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and riding her four-wheeler. From May to November, the Stacey family spends their weekends on their ATVs, making loads of muddy laundry to keep Shannon busy when she’s not at her computer. She prefers writing to laundry, however, and considers herself lucky she got to be an author when she grew up. You can contact Shannon through her website, where she maintains an almost daily blog, or visit her on Twitter, her Facebook page, or email her at email@example.com. All of her Carina Press titles are also available as audiobooks from Audible.com.