There are many ways to get your reading fix throughout the day. In our modern age of technology, there is something to be said about the ability to listen to a book while driving along through rush hour or to be sitting with your computer and reading your favorite novel on the screen. Now, you don’t even need your computer to read eBooks, since the release of items like the Kindle and Nook.
About 13 years ago, I was working in the music industry and the artist that my company was managing was signed by a label that also owned an audio book company. It was the first time I had seen them and through our meetings, we were allowed to get a few books for ourselves. I have always been an avid reader but this was the first time that I had listened to a book. I was reluctant to try the books on tapes so I stored them back on the shelf for a couple of years. Then I had a position that required me to drive for over an hour a day and I found that the books came in handy. This began my journey to a new obsession.
Audio books added a new depth to the stories. I found that stories that ordinarily wouldn’t intrigue me in the written word from were somehow fascinating when I listened to them. Perhaps one of the main reasons for this was how the narrators brought the story to life. It may have also been that since my eyes weren’t engaged and I was only listening, I could slip into the author’s world easier than following it on the pages. The only drawback I found was that the media of cassette tapes was frustrating when it came to checking them out from the library. After listening I would listen to seven of the eight cassettes and becoming completely engrossed in the story, the final tape would invariably break or be ejected from the player, leaving me with a trail of black audio tape mess, a broken heart and no conclusion to the story. After a few of these let-downs, coupled with and a shorter commute, I lost interest. In time, another technological improvement came along, the iPod.
It took me a few years to see the benefit to these devices beyond listening to music. It wasn’t until I discovered the website Audibles.com that I slipped back into the audio world of stories. With a small monthly fee, I was able to download a book a month for the cost of lunch and listen on my way to and from work. I would find myself disappointed when I would arrive at my destination because I would be lost in the moment of the story.
This year alone, I have covered more books, by listening, then I would have had time to read. In addition to the printed novels that I have experience, I have covered over six book series and went back to many classic works that I didn’t have time to read the traditional way. It has opened up a new time to enjoy authors, my drive time.
So, if you are looking for a way in increase your ability to enjoy more books, getting lost in a story, I would recommend you give audio books a try. With the narrators giving depth to the story, the ability to use time that might have been lost, and the accessibility to stories that you might have missed all make this medium a nice addition to traditional reading.
Until next time…