Good Monday Morning to you all. After my little adventure into trying audio books this weekend I thought I would make it my question for this week’s meme. So I ask: Do you listen to audio books?
I have some patrons at the library that work from their vehicles (mail carriers, semi-drivers, paper deliverers) and of course it feels fairly logical that they would enjoy listening to audio books while they spend their hours working on the road. I also have people who stop in before their road trips and pick up something to listen to, and there are some people that work around their homes that I know listen to a good book. All different types of people for many different reasons enjoy, and even some just prefer listening to a good book rather than read it.
Then there are the many different ways to get an audio book. I highly suggest the library, audio books are not cheap, the library is a great way to get them without breaking the bank! Our library only offers them on CD, but another library in the count, that I also belong to, offers them through NEIBORS, North Eastern Iowa Bridge to Online Resource Sharing, which is affiliated with Overdrive. This is what I used this weekend to finally download a book that would play on my phone. There is also an app/site, Audiable, which is owned by a company I am not very fond of at the moment. I’m sure there are other options out there too, but since I don’t listen that often I am going to stick to the ones I can get for free from the library, especially now that I know how to play them.
So what do I think of audio books? They are alright. I don’t think I am going to be listening to them while I work on chores. I kinda like to sing while I work and missed doing that this weekend while listening to the book. I also think more needs to be taken into consideration when picking an audio book. The first book I tried I could not get into, mainly because I did not care for the reader’s voice. It just felt off for the story and he would change his voice for the different characters, which I found really annoying. The second book I tried was better. The books was interesting and the reader’s voice really enhanced the story, it was a much better fit. I got two chapters into that story by the time I was done planting and decided to stop for now. I think my husband will really enjoy the story, The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker , so I am going to save it for our long car ride this August. I did find it more difficult to picture the story in my head while listening to it. I was easily distracted by what was around me and the tasks I was working on. We also read faster in our head than can be done aloud, so that may have added to some of my difficulty staying focused.
On the whole I think I will just stick with reading, rather then listening, to a book. There will be times though, like our vacation this summer, where I will definitely pick out an audio book to take along. I know how several of you stand on audio books, but feel free to share any thought on the topic in the comments. I look forward to reading them.