I am in a very serious, committed relationship with audiobooks. Since early September when my fourth-grader started school, I’ve been in the car for a minimum of three hours per day. At first the drive was novel and I enjoyed the rolling countryside and picturesque scenes, but it soon grew so monotonous that I had to open windows to let in the frigid air, or risk falling asleep.
Now I listen to audiobooks almost every day and the time flies. I don’t know how I ever lived without them. If I have to do tedious things like dirty dishes or worse, exercise, I reach for my iPhone and jump into a book. It’s amazing how many things I can get done if my mind is engaged in a story. The only downside is that the cost is often much more than a hardcopy or e-book. On iTunes, an audiobook costs around $20, so if you fall in love with a series, good luck to you and your wallet. The good news is that most libraries now have a great selection available, which makes it more affordable.
One more thing to consider: some narrators are fantastic, but there are a few I’ve encountered who actually get on my nerves. Even if you love the story, you may find yourself hard-pressed to endure the story’s “voice”. Luckily, you can often preview the audiobook to get an idea of the narrator’s style before you purchase it. The funny thing is, whether I’m on the road or folding my umpteenth pile of laundry, I find myself a lot more willing to tolerate an annoying narrator. Deep, gravelly voiced heroines or high-pitched, nasally sounding villains? Still beats pure boredom, every time. Ha!
There are over 1500 audio titles available in the King County Library System in my area. If you’re not convinced that they will add sparkle to your life, try one from your library first. I dare you to say that a good audiobook does nothing to brighten the crush of rush-hour traffic or the mopping of floors! Once you become an addict like me, you may consider joining fun blog challenges like the 2013 Audiobook Challenge hosted by The Book Nympho and Hot Listens. I’m thinking about doing it. I figure I’ve got over seven months left of driving to and from school, for an estimated 420 hours of road time. So, yeah. Audiobooks. My drug of choice. I know it can be expensive, but hey, I can quit whenever I want. . .*twitch*