October 24, 2011

Musing Mondays - Audiobooks

Musing Mondays is hosted by Should Be Reading
This week's question is: Do you listen to audiobooks? Why or why not? 

Yes! I absolutely love audiobooks. I used to listen to poetry and short stories in audio form, but I never really tried listening to a full length audiobook until about a year ago. I was looking for ways to pass the time on my long commute to work, and I needed to finish a book for a grad school class but was stressed because I didn't think I'd finish it in time. Someone suggested I check out the audiobook version and listen to it on my commute - something I had surprisingly never considered before. I enjoyed it so much that I kept checking out audiobooks and I still do! (If you're wondering which was my first audiobook - it was Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd.)

I love audiobooks because they entertain me when I'm doing something boring like cleaning, working out, or driving to and from work. I love how a great narrator can really bring the story to life. A lot of people say they have trouble concentrating on audiobooks, but I don't have that problem. I actually have trouble concentrating when reading in print most of the time - my eyes glaze over and I tend to reread the same pages several times or forget where I was on the page...sometimes I even fall asleep while reading in print! So I like to switch it up and listen to audiobooks in addition to reading print books and eBooks. 

I check out audiobooks on CD but sometimes those still skip (even though I know my library cleans every single disc when they are returned - the ladies in Multimedia are awesome!). Lately I've been downloading a lot of MP3 library audiobooks through my phone's Overdrive app. I even signed up for a free trial of Audible, and I will probably stick with it. 

Here are some of my favorite audiobooks: 

 - The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 - Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman 
 - The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
 - The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
 - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 
 - Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

I could go on, but I'll stop gushing now! I rarely meet an audiobook I don't enjoy. 


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