We've talked some about reading books with ereaders like Sony, Kindle--even cell phones. But lately, I've discovered that I really enjoy audiobooks too.
My first foray into the audio world was a Georgette Heyer, SYLVESTER, narrated by Richard Armitage. I am a fan of his acting and he has one of those great voices with a low timbre and, of course, a British accent. I was a little skeptical still--would I be restless during the story? I'm a fast reader, sometimes too fast, and tend to skim once in awhile. Would I get antsy?
No. I didn't.
I really liked it.
So, I tried another. Jennifer Cruisie's, BET ME, my fave by her and always a comfort read. This had a female narrator, once I didn't know already. I wondered if I would like a contemporary story in the audio format. And yes, I did. I actually loved it and wanted to listen to it again the minute I was done.
Right now, I'm dividing my time between HUNGER GAMES, which I like--but it's a fairly heavy book and I need breaks, and STORM FRONT by Jim Butcher, narrated by James Marsters.
Dude, Spike from Buffy is narrating it. I LOVE it.
I think I may like audiobooks better than movies right now. I know I like audiobooks better than books turned into movies, which are never the same. Save for GONE WITH THE WIND and THE PRINCESS BRIDE.
I knit while I listen, or file if I'm a work. I still fall deep into the rich world of the author like I'm reading, but to be told a story is a treat I'd forgotten how much I loved since I'm not...six years old anymore.
I think it's also helped my writing cadence. I notice that I write a little slower now, not so rushed. It feels more detailed and complete to me.
Do you have any favorite audiobooks? A great website for the best downloads? Or do you not like them?