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What’s your take on audio books?


Back in May, I started reading Norm Cowie’s, Fang Face, but then my world and everything in it got even more ‘interesting’ than usual and I haven’t had time to pick it up since.
 
Mind you, I’m still listening to books on CD when I’m in the car. 
 
In the last few weeks I’ve finished: 
 
Douglas Adams’s, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – always fun to revisit, especially when the audio version is narrated by Stephen Fry. 
 
Terry Pratchett’s, Unseen Academicals – the wizards are my least favorite Discworld characters but this was still quite good fun. 
 
Bernard Cornwell’s, The Pale Horseman, set in 9th century England during the reign of King Alfred the Great - excellent.  
 
Bernard Cornwell’s, Sharpe’s Battle, set during the Napoleonic wars - most enjoyable. 
 
I’m currently about a third of the way through another Sharpe adventure, Sharpe’s Triumph. It seems to be a different narrator to the one above, and I have to say I find him a little off-putting, but proper reading just isn’t an option for me at the moment, so needs must, as they say.
 
I hadn’t really bothered much with audio books at all until a couple of years ago, when I read an article in the GSHW newsletter by one of my critique group friends, Bill Mingin (aka Mingin the Merciless). It made me realize how much extra ‘reading’ I could get done if I listened to books while I was in the car, or otherwise unable to read. Now I’m a big fan.
 
Sure, they’re slow going, and if you already ‘know’ the characters it might take a while to get used to the narrator’s voice, but overall, they’re well worth the effort. These days, I do a good 20% of my reading through my ears. I mostly borrow the CDs from the library, where I’ve discovered they keep most audio books in storage, so even if what I want isn’t on the shelf, all I have to do is ask.  

 
How about you?
 
What’s your take on audio books?

Poll #1593392 Audio books

What’s your take on audio books?

I can’t get enough of them.
7(15.6%)
They’re okay, but I’d rather read with my eyes.
14(31.1%)
I don't like them.
5(11.1%)
I’ve never listened to one.
8(17.8%)
Something else, which I’ll mention in the comments.
11(24.4%)
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