I think the last time I read (listened to?) an audiobook was when I was a little girl. My mother used to play them for me in the car or when we were sitting at home, and I will always remember hearing, “Turn the page at the sound of the chime” and “*bing* “turn the page” (or something like that). I also remember going on long car trips with my parents and they’d listen to audiobooks (usually Stephen King) in the car. I could follow along with it a little, but because I was a kid, the adult books never really interested me that much.

Today, I don’t think I’d be able to concentrate on an audiobook. I considered getting a few from the library and listening to them during my commute, just to pass the time constructively, but with traffic, I don’t think I’d be able to concentrate on the story line. Maybe if I was a passenger, not the driver, it would be a different story. And if I were to listen to them at home, I think I’d be tempted to do other things while listening, and I still wouldn’t be able to concentrate. I guess I ought to try it one of these days, but I’m not even sure what book to pick. I don’t think I’d pick anything nonfiction… or any classic literature that requires a lot of concentration.

Do you listen to audiobooks? Can you concentrate on them?

6 thoughts on “Audiobooks

  1. I enjoy audiobooks. With the internet, it’s hard to concentrate on a book at home. Plus I feel guilty because I should be working. But with audiobooks, I just play them during my commute and during mundane tasks. With a good audiobook that grasps your attention, even washing dishes isn’t too bad.


  2. My sister has vision issues, so she loves to listen to audio books in the car to keep up with her reading. She is a passenger.

    I’m giving her 2 audio books for Christmas . . . FUN ones. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Mary Poppins. 😀


  3. The audio books I’ve really enjoyed were read by the authors (and not all authors have that skill, of course). For example, Douglas Adams’ readings of the Hitchhikers’ Guide books are wonderful. You can hear the Monty Pythen influence even more clearly than on the page. And I loved to listen to Frank McCourt (my high school English teacher) reading Angela’s Ashes (and singing the songs). And of course anything by William Burroughs.


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