Audiobooks are something I’ve never got into even though I know they are popular amongst both friends and bloggers. I didn’t mind those books as a kid where you had a cassette to accompany the book (remember the sound when you had to turn the page?) but I graduated to reading on my own fairly quickly. As an adult, my brain put audiobooks into the category for old ladies only. I know this is very remiss of me, and a browse through the internet shows me that audiobooks can be or everyone, no matter your age or reading tastes.
Now that I no longer commute on public transport, I turned to the radio to keep me entertained in those traffic jams that seem to be inevitable no matter where you drive these days. I got bored pretty quickly. I used to joke that I would hear the same song both ways in my 10 minute trips to the train station – but it’s true! The same 10-20 songs seem to be on rotation in between occasionally good interviews and a lot of cross-promotional pieces about TV shows I’m not familiar with. I’m not ready for ABC Classical or Newsradio just yet. I really miss being able to read a story while half listening to the Slightly Too Loud Commuter’s whinge about his/her boss/friend/flatmate/colleague/random person. That’s why I’ve decided to reach out and ask those of you who are audiobook experts to help convert this newbie.
I’ve asked several people about how they listen to audiobooks. It seems that the most popular is through Bluetooth or direct connection from a phone/iPod to the car radio. Now, my car is built to be tough rather than technologically advanced, so I have none of those things. I have a CD player that won’t accept MP3 recordings. Is iTrip the way to go? (Buying a new car or car stereo isn’t an option). Are plain audio CDs doable or are you forever changing the CDs?
I’ve also read that the narrator can make or break a story. Does anyone have recommendations for awesome narrators? I’ve looked at the library catalogue and seen that some books are read by one person, another stated proudly that the book had a ‘full cast recording’ which made it sound a bit like a theatre event.
Last set of questions. Promise. What’s a good genre to start with? Is there even one? How do you get your audiobooks? Is everyone using Audible or is there somewhere else I should be looking?