I tried speed reading, but I don’t think it really fits my personality. Plus, I like listening. It’s nice break for your eyes. I feel like we use our eyeballs a lot and I fear my vision is going through another one of its annoying changes. Regardless though, there is something really lovely about being told a story.
Audiobooks make me feel like I’ve entered a conversation. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love to read, but audiobooks are a nice change. I love how I can be driving, sitting on a plane or at home lying on my bed listening to a podcast, a book or a lecture. This is one of the simple areas where technology excels. Audiobooks have allowed us a different way to communicate and share stories or ideas. It’s like being read to – like they did in all those BBC Jane Austin dramas.
“Listening requires focus and attention,” Leon Berg says, because listening is intentional. Audiobooks reminds me of conversations around the campfire. They can feel even more intimate when the author is speaking to you. And the ear is much more forgiving than the eyes. You can still catch phrases or words that create that magic sit-up moment without getting too bogged down by the language or grammar.
If you are interested in hearing a sample, I’ve uploaded the Prologue and Ch1 on YouTube. You’re welcome.
What do you think? Do you listen to audiobooks?