I finished my first audiobook on the way home from work today. I listened to Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater because I thought it might be interesting to try an audiobook of something I already loved so that I could judge whether I liked the audio experience rather than the book itself.
It felt really weird to listen to somebody reading at first. For one, it was SLOW. I’m glad there wasn’t a lot of suspense because I would have been frustrated. Grace’s voice sounded fairly close to how I imagined it, but Sam sounded much goofier and almost like he was constantly asking a question. I got used to the main characters’ voices after a bit, but never liked the way they sounded when they were saying other peoples’ lines, particularly when they tried to sound like somebody of the opposite gender. That was just bad.
Overall, though, in the almost two weeks it took for me to listen to this book, I went from feeling uncomfortable to looking forward to listening on my commute. When I got stuck in construction the other day it was nice to be able to sit back and listen to a story. I still wanted to move, but it was better than just music.
I’m going to try out an audiobook download from the library of something I haven’t read before and see if it works as a substitute for me. Audiobooks are insanely expensive, unless they are abridged, apparently. And who wants an abridged book? I don’t want part of a story; I want the whole thing. Otherwise it feels like they just got tired of reading and started cutting bits out. That doesn’t work for me. So, for now, my audiobook selections will be limited to what I can download from the library. That’s not a whole lot, but hopefully it will be enough for me to get a better sense of whether this is something I want to continue.
Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, do you have any good ones to recommend?
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