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I started listening to audio books a few months ago, after a friend of mine wrote an article in The New Jersey Graveline (the Garden State Horror Writers' newsletter), talking them up.  I'm currently listening to Bernard Cornwell's The Last Kingdom, a historical fiction set in 9th century England (time of King Alfred).  I've always enjoyed his Napoleonic era, Sharpe, books, so I thought I'd give it a try.

I listen to it while on the running machine down in the basement - my breathless wheezing provides a fitting soundtrack to the chase scenes.  It's a great book so far, though from a writer's point of view it  has too much passive tense and could stand to lose a few thousand adverbs. 

Then again, I doubt Mr. Cornwell cares what I think, and why should he? 

The best thing about audio books in general is the amount of time they save me.  It does take a while to get used to someone else reading, but the only real downside is the price.  However, over the last few years, even that's dropped to something on or near par with the printed versions (which is still a rip-off, since it costs far less to produce a cd, than it does a book).  Nevertheless, color me converted.


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Feb. 26th, 2009 12:43 pm (UTC)
I've never read the Sharpe books, although I have watched them as movies. I probably should read them sometime.

I've never really gotten into audio books, I might try them sometime due to my ever decreasing amount of free time.
Feb. 26th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
I thoroughly recommend the 'Sharpe' books.

Lack of time helped me decide to give audio books a try. I started with one I'd read already (Terry Pratchett's 'Thud'), and haven't looked back since.

By the way, I just realised what 'dqg' stands for.

Edited at 2009-02-26 01:20 pm (UTC)
Feb. 27th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
Just figured out what dqg stands for? *grin*
Feb. 27th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
The only audio book I've listened to in a long while was Neil Gaiman's Anasis Boys
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
See, this is why I find the whole passive voice is evil, slay all adverbs attitude prevalent in critique circles as dangerous. Many, many published authors make use of both.

One must be careful not to throw out the baby with the bathwater. These have a function in our language, and they aren't as unnecessary, or useless as many folks seem to think.
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
Hehe,you may well be right, though I suspect the majority of those 'Many, many published authors' established themselves back before the world and his wife had a home computer, and when agents counted fifty submissions in a month as their 'busy' time.

From a personal point of view, I find the passive tense rarely improves a sentence, and I'd rather someone ran; raced; dashed; sprinted; hurried; or even speed-walked than 'went quickly', any day of the week.

But then, that's just my opinion. Others will disagree, I'm sure :).

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