You might like to read the comments on Mark's original posting and on Meg's blog.
My response to Meg's posting (which has provoked a great deal of discussion via comments) was:
I listen to audio books in the car to and from work. I HATE the abridged ones though, and avoid them as much as I can.
Another element comes in though when you are listening to the book through the reader’s voice, and one or two have turned me off totally. On the other hand sometimes you end up getting through a book that might otherwise have been a struggle.
When it comes to reviewing (and I always review all the books I read whether with the eyes or with the ears) audio books raise another problem. You can’t turn back the pages easily to check something. You may not even get character names correct because the narrator doesn’t spell them for you, and minor details disappear into memory ether. If the narrator has won you over, then you may give the book a higher rating than if you had actually read it in a print version.
My library has long had a hear-a-book scheme, with books available as audio in a number of formats: those read by volunteers on to tape, commercial readings on tape, commercial readings on CD, and recently, commercial readings on mp3 CDs.
I get annoyed sometimes that they are still buying the books recorded onto tape, which really is obsolete technology, but I guess many of the older members of our community don't have CD players. My car doesn't have a tape deck though.
One of the most interesting experiences is listening to the author read his own books.
Simon Brett does that with the Fethering series.
I invite you to leave a comment here too, and to take this week's poll.
The poll asks Do you ever listen to a novel?
You can choose multiple options
- No, never
- Yes (choose below)
- How (choose below)
Audio on my blog:
Have you noticed that that my blog has an audio feature? - look for the Odiogo link just under the title of each posting.
Have you tried listening to them?
If I forget to put full stops in then the sentences tend to run together, which can be annoying.
The voice is also a bit mechanised and has some very strange pronunciations.
You can actually subscribe to my blog as a podcast download if you want to. The podcast site lists the last 30 posts I think, but they are all available if you click on the link in a particular blog post.
I have no idea of how many people are subscribed. If you are actually a subscriber you might like to come into my blog and comment too, particularly if you are listening to, rather than reading, this post.
I originally added this feature to accommodate those who come to my blog who are visually impaired. (Actually I have no idea of how to remove it either, but it seems a good widget to offer).