Jen from Devourer of Books is hosting an audio book week this week! Each day, there is a discussion topic. Today’s topic: Why audiobooks?
I have a 35 minute commute to work each day. Living in the DC metro area, traffic is very stressful. I used to listen to the radio on my commute, but why would I want to listen about constant traffic updates when I’m stuck in traffic? Around the same time, the latest Harry Potter book was due to be released. I wanted to reread the previous book so I’d be all caught up, but I knew with my busy family life that wasn’t going to happen. So I went to my library and checked out the audio book instead. I figured I’d be able to finish the audio within a week, just in time for the release of the next book.
My world changed when I put in the first CD. I was instantly taken into a new world, a relaxing, calming oasis away from my crazy, traffic-ridden commute. First off, the narrator of the Harry Potter audiobooks, Jim Dale, is phenomenal. He mimics the voices of the characters so well. His voice for Hagrid is spot-on! After listening to that audiobook, I decided to go back to listen to them all. It was like Jim was sitting in the seat next to me, reading to me as I drove.
That was a few years ago now. I listen to an audio book whenever I’m driving, and that’s pretty often. I constantly find myself sitting in my car, outside my house or outside work, refusing to go in because I don’t want to stop listening. I’ve been able to catch up with several book series. Right now I’m listening to Lee Child’s Reacher series. I started just a few months ago and I’m already wrapping up book ten. I listened to Marsden’s Tomorrow series.
I now look forward to my commute each day. Call me crazy..crazy about audiobooks!
Do you listen to audios? Why or why not?
Be sure to check out Jen’s blog this week. Find out about the daily post topics and the dozens of giveaways Jen has planned! Most importantly, celebrate audio books!