Saturday, May 16, 2009

Shhh! I'm Reading...or Listening?

I finally got my audio book of The Gargoyle. My friend Suzanne from Chick with Books recommended this to me since I needed to listen to something while I drive home to Louisiana. Even though I have an abundance of mp3s and music CDs, they can get pretty old during a 16 hour drive.
I don't usually "listen" to books since I do prefer reading a real book with my feet up while taking a few sips of french vanilla creamed coffee from my Shhh! I'm Reading mug.
What can I say? I'm old school. I'll probably be the last person on earth to get the Kindle. I realized that I needed to be open minded so I downloaded a free audio book of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I thought it was going to be boring, but it wasn't! I actually enjoyed it. I listened to it while I was packing and by doing so made my task bearable. The narrator's voice was engaging, and I can tell she enjoyed doing the narration and the voice overs. I haven't finished listening to it yet, but I look forward listening to the next chapter. you listen to your books often? Are you like me who prefers to read? Do you have any audio book recommendations? Please share your comments below. I would love to hear them.


  1. Hi Helen, I discovered audio books last year after a period of 3 months when I just couldn't find a book I felt like reading. Now I listen to at least one a week, I listen when I clean the house, do the ironing, fold the washing, do the grocery shopping, while I'm waiting in the car for my boys to come out of school, and sometimes even while I watch one of them play soccer. It took me a while to get used to listening instead of reading and I usually prefer to have the book handy, just in case I miss something or it gets so exciting that listening is to slow. The great thing since 'discovering' audio books is that I read a lot more and usually have a couple of books on the go.

  2. Hello, Alaine. Thanks for sharing your comments. One thing I noticed when I started listening to audio books is that sometimes I miss what the narrator is saying because I'm doing something else. I have to go back to it and listen. With reading books, however, I have to sit still so the book has my undivided attention.

  3. Hi Helen! Please let me know how the audio version is of The Gargoyle! I do enjoy an audio book but like we have talked about before- some of it depends on the person reading the book and how much they seem to enjoy it! Nice post! Have a safe trip home!

  4. I have tried audio books but my commute just isn't long enough and I like to sing in the car too much.

  5. Hi Helen,

    Found your blog through J. Kaye's blog....I don't listen to my books, I've tried but fell asleep during Harry Potter! I love the fell of a book in my hands, the smell of new paper and the musty smell of a beloved friend. I also read ebooks.

    I love being able to take old favorites with me "just in case" and double up my library for vacation reads. I used to have a palm and when it died, I tried a kindle (didn't like it). I now read the majority of my ebooks on my Touch.

    The kindle's screen blacked out when the page turned - too slowly - and it gave me a headache!

  6. Suzanne, I finally listened to the Gargoyle. It was so exciting. I didn't even feel sleepy at all while I listened to it during my long drive. Excellent story.

    Hello, Jess. I love to sing in the car too especially when I'm by myself. :)

    Hi Book Dragon. Thanks for joining us. I believe I will be "reading books" the old fashioned way for a very long time. Why change ways?