Friday, March 07, 2008

Addicted to audiobooks

Last month I did something that I rarely do any more: I actually read a physical book from cover to cover. Don't get me wrong. I love to read. However, my eyes and brain are usually too tired to absorb much by the time I get home from work.

Over the last few years, I've fallen more and more in love with audiobooks. I usually listen to at least one a month in the car. In the last few months it's been at least two. I 'read' one for my book group and another just for me. This month, I'm on my second already and I haven't even started the one for my book group yet.

My family got me bunches of books on CD for the holidays. I also bought myself several as a reward for doing our taxes (and getting us a nice refund). Then, I bought a slew of programs (books and otherwise) from

Here's some of the stuff I've listened to recently that I have really enjoyed:

  • The World Without Us - by Alan Weisman

  • The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit - by Jill Conner Browne

  • Only You Can Save Mankind - by Terry Pratchett

  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter - by Jeff Lindsay

  • The Alchemist - by Paulo Coelho

  • Water for Elephants - by Sara Gruen

  • The Tipping Point - by Malcolm Gladwell

Along with a number of short stories and novellas by James Patrick Kelly, again courtesy of

So, while I really do hate commuting in my care for 50-75 minutes in each direction, sometimes I really don't notice the time thanks to audio programs.


barbie2be said...

ok, i know this is going to sound weird but... i have never listened to a book on tape and can't even imagine what it would be like. it just strikes me as strange to not be the one turning the pages.

briwei said...

Sounds like a good selection. After I listen to that Story Pod stuff, I'll have to check out a couple of those.

Kitten Herder said...

Bri -

Ha! You're getting more Story Pod stuff from me in the mail soon.