Devourer of Books is hosting Audiobook Week, and I had no idea it was going on until I woke up at 4am and starting flipping through the Google Reader app on my iPod Touch. Inane details aside, I decided to jump on this event bandwagon because there's a good deal of controversy when it comes to audiobooks and you know I can't keep my nose out of a good controversy.
This initial failure was enough to make me abandon audiobooks for another four years. Until...
My second audiobook excursion was a completely different experience, fueled by a completely different motivation. I randomly picked On the Road, by Jack Kerouac, off of my shelves and quickly decided that there was NO WAY I would ever finish reading the print version of that rambly mess. And I really wanted another patch on my imaginary reading sash, so I just HAD to finish it. In walked reader, Matt Dillon, and I finished that booger in no time. I hated the story, but Dillon was a surprisingly good reader and well-suited to the book, so it was OK. And I got my imaginary reading patch. Gold star for me.
While I don't listen to as many audiobooks nowadays because I don't have a commute, I still like to delve into one now and then. My library system that I'm in now has a much better selection than my old one, and I have far less time for physical reading, so I suspect I'll be neck-deep in audiobooks again soon. In the meantime, if you haven't tried them, or if you haven't tried them a couple of times, take a lesson from my flounderings and give them another go. You might find a reason or six why you love them.