If You Can’t Read It, Listen to It

audio bookWhy I prefer audio books.

It’s ironic that I love books and like to write, but reading itself… When it comes to actual reading, I have to admit I am not the best at it. I love books but reading has its challenges and requires a lot more from me than just time, which is not easy to come by right now. Thank goodness for audio books because I probably wouldn’t have “read” anything of late if I couldn’t “listen” to them. I don’t have any learning disabilities like dyslexia or anything like that. At least I don’t think I do, but I’m a slow reader and it takes extra effort for me to comprehend what I’m reading.

Have you ever read a line in a book and as you get to the end of that line, you go to the next line but end up reading that very same line over again? I hope I am not the only one who has done this. Sometimes my eyes simply don’t travel down far enough to the next line so I read the same line again. This used to happen to me a lot, especially if I had been reading for a long while. Once, I dared to read Carl Sagan’s Contact and it took me weeks to finish. All the astronomy, science-y stuff was beyond me so needless to say, it was a bit of a challenge on top of the normal challenges I had to get through that book. When I finally finished it, I had my friends explain to me what the heck I had just read. Likewise, I hope I am not the only one who had a hard time getting through a Carl Sagan book.

As I got older, I noticed reading induced narcolepsy for me. Like a child, I would read myself to sleep. Trying to find where you left off is difficult if you can’t remember what you’ve just read. Most of the time I would wake up with the book closed so I had to read random parts over to see if anything sounded familiar. It would take a couple of times spot reading before I would find my place again. It just takes me longer than most readers to finish a book because I end up reading parts of it more than once. A lot of my reading “disabilities” has to do with how tired I am and how long I have been reading.

Before the early 2000’s audio books were expensive and most were abridged versions of the original work so that wasn’t really worth it for me. Audio books are still pricy now when you buy them outright, but there are many audible book subscriptions that are affordable. Right now I subscribe to Audibles, which is very inexpensive at $14 a month (for 1 book) considering some books cost anywhere up to $100. It’s nice that you don’t have to deal with CD’s anymore. Simply download and listen. If you have WhisperSync, you can get the e-book for your Kindle and either listen or read. The only thing I’m missing out on right now is the experience of buying a book and having it signed by the author. How do you get your audio book or e-book signed? I have all the Joe Ledger books by my favorite writer Jonathan Maberry. He lives in San Diego, so the chances of me getting to meet him is pretty good, especially if I’m in the Del Mar area, but I won’t have a “book” for him to sign. I don’t want to have to re-buy the book to get a physical one just for a signature… Well, on second thought, maybe I should… thinking… I am a fan… Sounds like a good idea afterall.

Enjoy your audio book everyone.

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