Since I got my iphone I’ve been listening to more and more audio books. And, while I tried using our library’s free downloadable audio book service, I have to admit that I prefer Audible. It’s easier to use with the iPhone, I don’t have to wait for the book I want, and at $7.49/month it’s reasonably priced.
There are things I love about audio books.
- I can listen and knit.
- I can listen in the car.
- I can listen and spin.
- I can listen on the deck or while cooking or while doing housework.
- It’s like being read to and I love having someone read to me.
And there are things I don’t love so much about audio books.
- I can’t listen in bed. (I fall asleep.)
- I can’t flip back through the pages to remind myself of a detail I have forgotten.
- I can’t read the end to see if it’s going to turn out the way I want.
- I miss out on things like maps and family trees.
While the cons may seem numerous, the pros definitely outweigh them. Truly, being able to “read” and knit at the same time is huge in my world and I have finished more books lately (including The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) than I have in years. As a librarian that’s a pretty big deal.
How about you? Have you tried audio books? And how do you feel about them?