Before I started getting into e-books, I started with audiobooks. Part of the reason I started listening to them, was because I was getting my Masters and commuting an hour to school. And because my Masters was in Library and Information Science with a focus on School Library Media, it meant I had to read a lot of books and driving two or more hours a day really cut into my reading time. So I started checking out audiobooks and listening to them. When I was done with school I stopped checking them out, until my mom passed along a few audiobooks she had bought for herself.
At first I listened to them when I was getting ready in the morning, but then I started listening to them when I was crocheting and knitting. And then, I discovered playaways. These little digital audio players make it so I can listen to books pretty much anywhere and I do!
Rather than listening to music while I work out, I listen to books. Rather than listening to the radio on the way to work, I listen to books. And when I make time to work on my craft projects, I listen to audiobooks. I even listen to them when I’m cooking meals! The only time I don’t is when I’m writing, because it tends to be a bit distracting or I totally tune out everything I’m listening to and just have to rewind the whole thing and start over.
One of my favorite things about the playaways is the ability to speed up and slow down the book. Another one of my favorite things about playaways is listening to humorous books. It really brings the book to life and allows me to pick up on numerous funny spots I often miss when I read.
But listening to audiobooks isn’t all sunshine and daisies. There are definitely some books I have to turn off after just a few minutes. Why? Because I either can’t stand the voice of the reader, or I hate the way they are reading the book. Some of the things that annoy me are when everything is read dramatically, like it’s the climax of the novel, or when they use a million different voices.
In a storytelling class I took, I was told to never use more than three of four different voices and if there are more characters than that, it’s best to tell the story all in one voice, why? Because it can be hard to keep track of for yourself as the teller, but as I listened to audiobooks that had many different voices used, I also found it really annoying. While some people are gifted with the ability to twist their voice in a variety of different ways, it doesn’t mean they are all always pleasant to listen to.
Do you listen to audiobooks and what do you love or hate about them?