Tuesday, November 18, 2008

In Love with Audio Books Now Too

So, you all know that I have been having a wild and lurid affair with my Sony eReader since I got it a few months ago? Instead of taking 13 books on vacation with me at the end of the summer, I took the eReader and 13 manuscripts!

I'm driving back and forth to Beverly, MA every 10 days or so (the bus, while as cheap as $1 each way for either the Megabus or the Boltbus, just doesn't seem to work for me because the travel time involved from my home to Penn Station and from Boston to Beverly adds too much time to the trip). I've heard my favorite Beatles and Zeppelin and Springsteen CD's endlessly for the 3 1/2 hour drive. So I decided on audio books.

And I'm in love.

I listened to Stephen King's new short story collection on the last two round trips, and was just thrilled.

Then I realized that I can re-read my favorite books this way.

I used to read Dracula, 1984 and Alice in Wonderland every year, but haven't had the time since I've been working in publishing. Now, I can't wait to hear Dracula read to me while I'm heading up I-95.

And I can order just about anything I want through the New York Pubic Library service.

Also can't wait to listen to Gone with the Wind again.

Who ever thought I'd be looking forward to these long drives?

8 comments:

Basil Sands said...

Just a suggestion, for audio books you might want to look at www.podiobooks.com. They have a couple hundred free audio books by new and emerging authors (including yours truly) that can be downloaded to your listening pleasure. If you're getting into audio books, and don't mind listening to new talent, check it out at www.podiobooks.com or my own site at www.basilsands.com.

Anonymous said...

I've been listening to 2 or 3 books every month for about 5 years now, and the very best one I've ever heard was The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by a guy named Julian Rubenstein. (I don't know him or anything, I just loved his book). It was a true story about a hockey goalie in Hungary who robbed 26 banks. It was sort of a slice of life of post-Soviet eastern block countries mixed with a thriller/comedy storyline. I liked it enough to pick up the paperback after I heard the audio, but it's actually much funnier in spoken word medium. The narrator/author has a deadpan delivery that is beyond priceless. Highly recommended for everyone, everywhere.

Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything was really good too.

Oh, and I've got an industry question: do audiobooks in general make much money?

Isabel Roman said...

Audio books are a WONDERFUL invetion! Just be wary of the readers, they can truly make or break the book. I've listened to so many audio books in the past 4 years since moving further from my job, I find it harder to sit and read now.

Angel said...

Hey! Just dropping in to share the audio book love! I discovered audio books over a year ago, when I began a long and arduous daily commute in heavy city traffic. The books kept me sane, and for the first time in a long time, I'm actually finding the time to read! It's amazing!

:D
Angel Leigh McCoy
Seattle, WA

Ryan Field said...

We go to Provincetown twice a year and it's a seven hour drive from Bucks County, PA. Audio books make the drive so much faster, especially that last two hour (two lane) stretch on the cape.

Ravenous Romance said...

Anon:

I'll be doing a post on th4 audiobook market over at my ravenousromance.blogspot.com blog this week, as we're doing an audio book per title (and I'll tell you why).

Everet said...

Audio books are my first choice!! I have good collection!!

BuffySquirrel said...

I recently got a free audiobook through a magazine offer; it was Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Much less effort than turning the page! lol