It seems to me that people either are or aren’t into audiobooks. I’ve never met someone who is on the fence about them at least. (But they probably exist – maybe just in smaller numbers?) Around here, audiobooks seem to be a big deal. I guess I get it – when you’re commuting an hour on a good day an audiobook is a better prospect than hours and hours of radio time. But even when I was commuting I could never get into the audiobook thing. I tried it. Oh how I tried. When you love to read as much as I do, it’s painful to be in traffic and not reading. Yet for me…an audiobook just wasn’t the same.
My friend would say it’s likely I just had books with bad narration. And I can see that – a good narrator can make or break an audiobook. But I don’t think that’s entirely the reason. Audiobooks seem to fall into two categories (in my limited experience): narrators who just read and narrators who try to act out the various voices. I suspect you get camps of people who enjoy one over the other when you break it out that way. I fall firmly into the “just read me the book and let me imagine what they sound like” camp. The same friend (who’s the only one I know who really chews through audiobooks – but she has a 90 minute commute each way, so it makes sense) is definitely in the “do good voices” camp.
So where do you fall? Audiobooks – yea or nay? Narration or characterization? And if you audiobook, is it only when you’re commuting or are there other times you listen?
(And also, if you’re into audiobooks – you can get Wisdom to Know and Serenity to Accept as an audiobook through Audible and on Amazon and iTunes. Courage to Change should be available soon.)