Yesterday I decided to finally get over my reservations and try out fiction in audible format. With the imminent arrival of the baby just around the corner my ability to sit and read is going to be somewhat limited. So, one of the workarounds is to supplement my reading with audiobooks.
I am already a heavy podcast listener finishing all available Hardcore History, Mike Duncan’s Revolutions and History of Rome, and occasionally listening to audio versions of The Great Courses. The wealth of available material on most subjects is magnificent and one can attain a tremendous self-education from just the courses alone.
The one thing I haven’t done is listen to audio fiction. Mostly because I didn’t know if I could become as immersed in the fantasy worlds if I was listening vs reading. But, I’ve decided to give it a try and re-upped my Audible account. I used my first credit to purchase Robin Hobbs Assassin Apprentice. It’s my favorite Fantasy series behind her Liveship Traders, and I wanted to give it a re-read before I started on The Tawny Man trilogy that is coming up in my reading schedule.
So, last night I sat down with the wife and we listened to the first two chapters ,which took up approximately two hours. I really enjoyed it, and was able to focus and imagine the scenes and characters just fine. I’m actually looking forward to going home tonight and listening some more.
What really stood out was the fact that I noticed nuances in the writing that I usually skip over. When I finish writing I always read my stuff out loud. For some reason it allows me to capture mistakes, tics, and awkward language much better than just reading it to myself. Listening to the audiobook allowed me to notice the language in a completely different way than reading and I’m thinking that this will be a valuable tool in my writing education.
What do you guys think of audiobooks?