Musing Monday

Monday, September 7, 2009

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about audio books…

What is your preferred method of listening to audio books? Where and when do you listen to them?

I have only listened to one audio book ever, and that is The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty.
I think I got it free through a trial of one of the online audio book sites. It was in the form of Mp3 but I burned them onto cd's so I could listen in the car. It was a strange experience getting used to listening to audio. At first I wasn't sure I liked it, but as I got more into the story I found I wanted to listen more and more. Despite that, it took me over 4 months to listen to the entire thing. I was in the car a lot for my job at the time, but the drives weren't that long. Plus, I still had to vary it with listening to the radio. I started that back in September of 2007, I believe. Since then I've downloaded a few more audio books but have yet to listen to one!! Especially since shortly later I got a job 5 minutes from my house that doesn't require me to do any extra driving!

That's changed again, though. I am working an internship that has me meeting clients in their home. The agency I am working for provides services to the very large central Florida area, so I've found myself being assigned clients about an hour's drive from home. I decided to try out audio books again to keep me entertained during those drives. Rather than taking the time to
burn onto cd any of the ones I have, I took one out from the library. I currently have Charley's Web by Joy Fielding. I actually have the hardcover of this book but I gave it to my parents to read ages ago and they haven't gotten to it yet. We'll see how this goes. Considering I only have 3 weeks (6 if I can renew) I'm wondering if I'll even be able to make it through the book! Especially since the long drives I mentioned aren't going to be happening but once or twice a week.

And to further answer the question, I can't see myself ever listening to an audio book anywhere but in the car. Anywhere else I would be occupied with other things to where I wouldn't be listening to what was being said.


Somewhere In Between said...

I love, love, love audio books and am constantly listening to them in the car (I can't stand what plays on the radio and all of the commercials!). The last audio book I listened to was Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner, and one of my favorite audio books was definitely The Memory Keeper's Daughter.

Jenny said...

They take getting used to but I'm enjoying the one I just started too!

Victoria Neely said...

I should try audio books again sometime. When I was a kid I had a cassette recording of someone reading "Gulliver's Travels," and I listened to it repeatedly. On the other hand, I'm not sure if I still have the patience for it. I can read fast, and I like having control of the pacing. Whenever I'm offered a choice between an MP3 or a text transcript, I zero-in on the transcript.

Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading said...

I listen to audios in the car and when I walk. Except for on the treadmill. I find that a magazine works better there or else my mind wanders too much. Guernsey, if you haven't read it yet, is WONDERFUL on audio!

Jenny said...

Melissa, thanks so much for the suggestion! I haven't read this one yet but I will definitely check out the audio.

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