I have posted several times on my love of books. I adore books and I find reading them most acceptable. I usually draw the line at e-books, and have been quite vocal on not really wanting a Kindle or Nook. However, I find it perfectly fine to listen to audio books. What is wrong with me?
I was thinking about this the other day while going through a great spat of audio books. Maisie Dobbs, The Great Gatsby, The Summer We Read Gatsby, Maisie Dobbs 2: Birds of a Feather, and several more. I have no issue with audio books. In fact, I really enjoy them, especially when I am out watering the farm for hours, or clearing out a row of weeds. They are one of the things that can make me go on. If I don’t have something to distract me, I will literally go insane and not be able to finish.
I love how the narrator can capture certain nuances that I might not have seen in the book. A whisper, a bit of sarcasm. I love putting the people to a voice. I love that I don’t have to hold a book. Isn’t that terrible? That I’m saying I don’t want to hold a book? I would hold a book if I could, but water and books don’t mix well. I love the fact that I can go through a book I just might not read any time soon, and actually enjoy it. The Great Gatsby being one in particular. I have been meaning to read it for years, but I just could not get into it the few times I picked it up. Now, I am interested in actually reading it and picking up other nuances I don’t get from the audio.
I think audio books are great for kids. While I do think that reading the actual words is better, at times with learning disabilities like dyslexia, audio books open up new opportunities that might not have been there because the reading aspect is very difficult. My father has dyslexia and while he has become a better reader over the years, I do know he enjoyed a few audio books, especially on those long drives to work when I was younger.
My sister loves to read. She is the older of us two, but due to having down syndrome, she has stayed a child. But she loves to read. I’ve never seen anyone fly through Nancy Drew‘s as fast as she does. (I hated Nancy Drew and still don’t like her) One think she absolutely loves is audio books that are unabridged so that she can read along in the book while listening. Yes, she has done that with all the Harry Potter books, she owns both the books and the audio cd’s (read by the marvelous Jim Dale, and if you want to hear him again, listen to The Night Circus) almost all of the Redwall series, and several others. I’ve even got her interested in listening to the Maisie Dobbs book at some point.
So, you can see I think audio books are quite cook.
And yet I take issue with e-books. Le sigh.
For those interested, most of the audio books I listen to I download through my library’s connection with Overdrive Media. Overdrive is connected to 22,000 libraries and schools, and you can download e-books and audio books if your library is connected. Check it out HERE
I really encourage you to check them out. Many can be downloaded to mp3 players and some can even be burned to cd. Great for those long car rides as you travel to your vacation destinations this summer. You never know what you might find. And it definitely makes the time fly. Just as my mom who was surprised at how much weeding I accomplished the other night in only about an hour.
- Exploring The Different Modes Of Reading…. (nevendbookshelf.wordpress.com)
- The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly (Audio read by Nick Rawlinson) (thebowreview.com)