Two audio books on an airplane

A gave audio books a try for the first time this summer, both while traveling by airplane. Flights were the perfect occasions for audio books, if you like privacy like I do. I could just plug in the headphones and sit back and listen without fear of fellow passengers reading over my shoulder or asking me about the books.

I listened to Dead Lake by Darcy Coates and The Fix by David Baldacci. Neither book was especially impactful. I gave both two-star ratings on Goodreads. My lack of interest in the books may be the reason for my not caring for the audio-book experience. Listening to a book wasn’t the same as reading it. Of course, when you read a book, the voice you hear is your own; that may have something to do with it.

Audio books cost two or three times as much as a real book, presumably due to the cost of hiring a reader and renting a recording studio. I listened via iPhone, so there was a cool feature I utilized a bunch, a feature that allows turning up the speed of the read. The readers sound like Alvin and the Chipmunks at the highest speed, but it works surprisingly well and gets you through the book a lot faster.

The concept of an audio book makes sense and I see a lot of advertising by Audible these days, which leads me to believe the big booksellers are perhaps counting on audio books to save the publishing industry. After giving two a try, I won’t be going back anytime soon. I’ll be sticking with the old-fashioned way of reading books, if I continue to read books at all.


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