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Posted On 15 July 2017

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I have taken the plunge into audio books and thought I’d share my experience so far.  To be honest I never thought audio books would work for me, I thought I needed to see the words on the page or that my attention would wander and I’d miss relevant information.  So, why the change?  Well, I’m walking home from work at the moment. Now, I’d like to pretend that I’m on some sort of health kick but that’s not the reason. Basically, I use public transport to get to and from work and in a few weeks the main road I travel on is going to be closed for 12 weeks for repairs with all the chaos and congestion that you can imagine resulting from that.  Basically I can’t be bothered so I’ve decided to walk and have been doing so now for a couple of weeks. The only problem is that I use my journey to read and reading and walking is about as convenient as painting your toe nails and skiing and as I don’t want to trip and fall under a bus I came up with audio.

I’m very pleasantly surprised so far. My first book wasn’t a great success in that I wasn’t enjoying it and I’m not sure whether to feel guilty or not about that but it was a learning curve either way. I started with a book that was the fourth in series and for me it wasn’t a hit. I couldn’t get used to the voices used, they didn’t fit the idea I had going on in my head when I read the previous books.  So, note to self : no swapping in the middle of a series although I figure that starting on audio and switching to reading would work for me perfectly fine.  I’ll have to experiment and find out.

Not to be deterred I signed up to Audible but I figured I needed to check out my library too.  I got some very good advice from a fellow blogger (thank you) and off I went (not exactly on an adventure, more like a quest).  Anyway, I’ve signed up to my library now and although it’s not got a huge selection of audio books I’m giving it a go. My second book was more an experiment as I learned my way around and was actually really good fun even if it wasnt a book I’d normally choose.

Since then I’ve purchased two more books from audible which I loved and put reserves on quite a few books from the library.

I think audio books and I are going to get along very well indeed. I particularly like that I can listen along whilst doing things like cooking or ironing.

I resisted e-readers for a very long time and yet now love reading on kindle. It’s so easy to keep notes, highlight people or place names, keep your place or buy books and now I think I’m also going to be an audio book convert too!  Who knew.

If you’re like me and you’re resisting the urge then I would say give it a try using your local library, its easy, it expands the number of books on offer and you could give it a quick trial like I did. Nothing to lose and plenty to gain.

My audio books so far have been:

  1. Thunderbird by Chuck Wendig
  2. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
  3. Borderline by Mishell Baker
  4. Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker

Coming up next in audio I have to look forward to:

  1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  2. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Have you recently given audio a try? Do you enjoy it?  Feel free to share any hints or tips as I’m a relative newbie and so any advice greatly received and most welcome.



Speaking for themselves: audio books


Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  The topic this week is :

Audio Freebie

In which I confess that I’ve never listened to a book.  I think if I was to pick 10 books though to give audio a try they would be as follows:

  1. The 3 Fairytale retellings by Sarah Pinborough: Beauty/Poison/Charm – because these are relatively short books, they’re retellings based on fairytales and they’re quite fascinating and cheeky takes on the original stories – I don’t think my attention would wander.
  2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – because I understand Neil Gaiman narrates this one on audio and so I would love to listen to it.
  3. The Road Brothers by Mark Lawrence – this is a series of short stories all connected to The Broken Empire series – I think it would be very easy to listen to these, one at a time, not all in one go but just every now and again.
  4. Something spooky that would give me the chills – The Haunting of Hill House of Shirley Jackson – I have a notion that listening to something scary would be excellent – providing it was narrated well, I suppose it could go horribly wrong!
  5. Monstrous Little voices – 5 stories retold, based on some of Shakespeare’s most famous works but given a more modern voice.  Each five of the stories connect but I figure listening to these would be great – overall just shy of 350 pages but taken individually they’re lovely little chunks.  As a rule I don’t like short stories but when they all connect in this way they’re excellent.
  6. I think I would like to listen to some of the Sherlock Holmes books on audio – particularly Hound of the Baskervilles.
  7. I think a book with excellent dialogue throughout – such as The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
  8. Bram Stoker’s Dracula – because of the style of narration I just imagine this would be an excellent audio book.
  9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling – I think the first in the series had a lighter feel and would be a good starting point
  10. Suggestions – given that I’ve read all of the above – do you have any suggestions that feel similar??