Many years ago, my archives tell me I wrote this about audio books. I am happy to say since then I am changed. I have embraced them with open arms.
Am I still the person who loves the touch and feel of a book and page turner seeking ultimate satisfaction is the information I am consuming? Absolutely.
Have I also learned to embrace the electronic version of books that allows me to carry my own personal library in a device that neatly fits into my handbag? Absolutely.
Am I now totally in sync with listening to a book on my drive to and from home to beat the traffic woes? Absolutely.
Which was the one that took the longest to adapt to? It for sure was the audio books. Why did I then choose to give it a try? Like I said earlier, traffic can be an absolute pain in the rear and even though I was listening to the radio as I drove, it did increase stress levels when you are at a standstill and not making much progress. Now turn on an audio book and you want the ride to last longer because that allows you to listen to one, two or three extra pages as the wait maybe. It gave me this zen feeling that there wasn’t much control I had over the traffic but I could choose to enjoy it with the company of a good book. Could I get the same state of calm with the radio? I probably could but it took a book to bring me that state.
Secondly, I love to read medical books. I for some reason have a much harder time reading them then listening to them. When the content of the book is not a story or a plot, I find myself enjoying the auditory medium a lot more than the paper version. While I my lose attention and focus on the paper the audio and the narrator keep me captive in the content. I am less likely to give up on these books when I am listening to them.
Again, do I get a lot of reading done with audio books? Absolutely! Once I get home, my life is controlled my more factors than just me. The interruptions most times takes the joy out of focusing on a book. Between the kids and the seniors and the dog, there isn’t a dearth of distractions. The time in my car is time I own and allows me to get through my reading list in 30-45 minutes intervals sans interruptions. Does that chip away at the list of books I want to finish? Totally!
On the downside, a bad narrator can really make it a lousy experience of an absolutely amazing book. I recently listened to a book that was a bestseller and absolutely gripping but the narrator ruined the whole experience for me.
In addition, audio books have turned me back into the recluse I was back in my teenage years. My commute was my time to catch up with friends and family and now with an engaging book, guess what activity takes a backseat? My socializing. Does that upset me? Occasionally but at the end of the day, if the listening continues and the socializing takes a hit, I guess it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out which way I am more inclined 🙂