A Few Thoughts on Audiobooks

My Foray into Audiobooks

I tried a few audiobooks in the last year.  Anna Karenina and some other obscure mystery title whose name I don’t remember.  I crashed and burned on both of them.   I would listen on my walk to work, maybe that had something to do with it.  Maybe one foot was already into figuring out the work day and I couldn’t concentrate with a narrator that was less than compelling.  Or maybe I needed something a little bit more modern than Anna to start me off (I hadn’t read it before, so everything was unfamiliar).

I have kept seeing people listening to audiobooks, and it seems as if they are really enjoying them- leading me to think that I really need to give these another shot.  So while browsing the audio titles in my library I came upon The Wizard of Oz.  I also had the book, which I picked up a few days before because I wanted to see what it would be like to read The Wizard of Oz since I had only seen the movie every year for the first 18 years of my life.  Let’s just say that maybe I read the first couple of pages and I listened to the rest.  I think that maybe I needed something accessible the first time around.  I also listened in a more relaxed state; after work, while puttering around the house.  I absolutely loved it!  And the Wizard of Oz- so much more good stiff to be found in the book.  Isn’t that always the case?

Anyway,  I am trying to branch out with the audiobooks and I have picked out a few that I would like try out. I have copies of The Accountant’s Story by Roberto Escobar;  Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson, Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, by Susan Jane Gilman; and The Age of the Unthinkable by Joshua Cooper Ramo to giveaway.

I haven’t listened to any of them yet, but I just finished reading Undress Me in the Temple if Heaven, by Susan Jane Gilman, over the weekend and I loved it.  I am looking forward to listening to her read her book.


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