by Teresa Burrell
Author of The Advocate Series
Here’s my secret. I spend so much time on the road that if I didn’t listen to books I would get to read very little. As it is, I manage to complete a novel at least once a week. I do it all from my iPhone through Audible, and it’s affordable. I remember when I use to spend $40 for the CDs for audio books. I couldn’t afford too many at that rate. I love technology!
Two weeks ago, I read (listened to) “Defending Jacob” by William Landay. Great book by the way. The ending was predictable, but the book was well written and kept me on the edge. Last week, it was “The Confession” by John Grisham. Again, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Now, I’m listening to “Innocent” by Scott Turow. Love those legal suspense novels.
I’m thrilled to be able to read as I travel (or when I take my walks) but I have to admit it’s not quite the same as reading it myself. I’m not even quite sure what it is, but maybe it’s because I can’t put the voice I want with the character. It’s also more difficult to look back at something if I need clarification. The other thing that bothers me is that there are so many authors whose books are not in audio form (including mine.) I still manage to read a few of those, but I have to be very selective just because time doesn’t permit it.
A while back, I started to read the Stieg Larrson trilogy and then changed to the tapes. That was one set of books that I preferred to have on tape because I didn’t have to concern myself with how to pronounce the names.
What is your experience? Do you ever listen to books? If so, do you receive the same satisfaction from listening as you do reading?