I love audiobooks. Initially I didn’t think I would like them because I can’t just down sit and listen to an audiobook or even music. I feel like have to be doing something. One day, a few years ago, I decided to try listening to an audiobook while running. I run a lot, up to 10 miles a day, so that gives me plenty of listening time. I was instantly hooked and I started listening to the book every day.
It was a happy day when I got a new car and found out I could hook up my iPod to it. I have a 30-45 minute (depending on traffic and time of day) commute to work every day, so that’s even more listening time.
I’ve listened to some great books on my iPod: The Caster Chronicles series, the Tomorrow series (my favorite books ever!), Annie on my Mind (highly recommended!), the Uglies series, Thirteen Reasons Why (audiobook is the PERFECT format for this one), and all of the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines books. In fact, I had tried reading the first Vampire Academy book but couldn’t get into it until I listened to the audiobook.
Reviewing them, though? I just can’t do it. I can’t take notes because I’m running or driving. I’m also paying attention to traffic, dogs that look like they want to eat me and may or may not be trapped in their yards by an invisible fence, and other distractions, so I sometimes don’t listen as closely as I would like. I know I miss details, but I figure that’s a small price to pay for being entertained the rest of the time. If I get totally lost I can always relisten to a part, but I don’t like to do that too often.
Have you ever listened to an audiobook? Do you review them, or do you have trouble concentrating on them like I do?