This week is audiobook week at Devourer of Books. I will be participating in daily discussion topics as well as posting a few reviews, and other audiobook goodies!
Are you new to audiobooks in the last year? Have you been listening to them forever but discovered something new this year? Favorite titles? New times/places to listen? This is your chance to introduce yourself and your general listening experience
I am quite new to consistently reviewing audiobooks. The first audiobook I reviewed was in the summer of 2010, but I didn't really start getting into them until the fall of 2011. See, I bought a car with a CD player, where before I only had a tape deck. Because of my commute to work, audiobooks have accounted for almost 1/3 of what I've read this year.
I have to admit that I was not an audio believer originally. It was difficult for me to let go of my need to skim and read quickly through a book. Narrators keep a slower pace than what I can read on my own. What it took for me to really embrace them was to change my perspective. I now allow myself to let the narrator tell me a story. The really good ones do that, and it's so relaxing to have someone who is really good at storytelling just take you away.
Most of my listening happens in the car to and from work. I have about an hour a day total commute time, so depending on the size of the book, a book will take between a week to a week and a half. My husband and I also listen to audiobooks on road trips. My other favorite way to listen is on my iPhone while cleaning or doing other chores around the house.
I listed some of my favorite titles recently, and I've also done an interview at Reading Teen that highlights a few more.
If you haven't checked out audiobooks yet, you definitely should. Most libraries have them available for checkout either in a physical copy or online. They are easy to use, and have really improved in the past few years.