I’m a big fan of audiobooks. They appeal to my lazy streak, but I justify them by claiming that I do other things while I listen to a great story. Actually, my claim is valid. I listen to books while I cook, when I take a walk, and when I do errands in the car. I “read” more books like this than the traditional way. I’ve had a subscription to Audible.com since 2001. At two books per month (plus lots of others I’ve bought on sale), I’ve built up quite a library. And I’ve probably forgotten the plot of most of them, so I can start over with the first ones. Yay!
Amazon.com recently bought Audible, which in a way I deplore because why did Amazon need another company? But it did do one great thing: often, if you buy a Kindle book, you can get the Audible version for a ridiculously small price. And they’ve figured out a way to keep track of where you are in both versions, which lets you switch back and forth at will (as long as you have WiFi anyway). It’s a great way to get cheap(er) audiobooks, too. I have to admit, I rarely do switch back and forth. Somehow, once I’m either reading or listening to a book, I like to continue in the same mode.
I’ve listened to so many audiobooks over the last 14 years, and I’ve reviewed a couple for the Audible site, but I have to admit I haven’t really kept track of the books that I really loved. So I’m turning over a new leaf, and I might as well share it with you, dear readers. I’m going to write a short review of the books I love to listen to. I’m not bothering with the dross, just the good stuff. You can take my opinion for what it’s worth.
First up: Dimension of Miracles by Robert Sheckley, narrated by John Hodgman.
Next: The Chronicles of St. Mary’s by Jodi Taylor, narrated by Zara Ramm.
Another: Because We Are, A Novel of Haiti by Ted Oswald, narrated by Bahni Turpin.