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Why I Enjoy Audio Books

Updated on September 7, 2011

heard any good books lately?

It all began innocently enough; the period, the mid 1980s. My wife and I were conducting interviews with collectors who were participated in a themed show called, I believe, Magnificent Obsessions.

We talked with a man who collected barbed wire, collectors of Judy Garland memorabilia and many more.

The one interview that grew well beyond anything we could imagine at that time was with a group of old time radio collectors. They did not collect radios but radio programs.

Radio has always been a favourite medium and when I looked over their lending library, I knew I had to belong.

Soon we were listening to, original commercials and all, The Lone Ranger, The Shadow and other favourites from my early childhood and before.

This infatuation lasted for about five years but new shows were hard to come by and we began seeking other sources for listening enjoyment.

Had you told me prior to that period that I would sit down and listen to a book on tape, I most likely would have laughed; however, all that has changed.

Today, cassette tape, well, a few years back actually, gave way to compact discs but the enjoyment of sitting back and listening to some read to me is still very much alive.

The cassette collection is still active and our most recnt purchase was a compact disc player-radio combo that has a cassette deck. The old cassette player with the double cassette decks finally gave out and it was time for a new one. Finding a machine with even one cassette deck was difficult.

I love books and only listen to books on cd that I am not likely to read. For example, we recently listened to Dan Brown’s DaVinci Files. I had tried reading the book and while it was good, I simply have too many other books to read to spend time with it.

But at night, sitting back when my eyes no longer want to follow the printed word but my brain is engaged and listening is a very relaxing experience.

Memoirs of a Geisha was also enjoyed this way as have been several Tom Clancy books and more than one Star Trek tale. My wife is a big Star Trek fan and she has an extensive collection that includes audio books. Some are quite good tales but not ones that I am likely to curl up with in book form.

I generally borrow audio books from the local public library, but do check out book sales for bargains. My interests are eclectic and audio books enable me to enjoy a wider range of written material than print alone does.


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  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for the input. Audio books do allow me to catch up on books I simply do not have the time to read, my work and interests involve considerable reading and while I enjoy this, I still like to get away with a good book and audio helps me do that.

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    Susan Holland 6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

    I am an English teacher, so I do not get to read my choice of literature very often because all my time is tied up in reading what I teach and grading student writing. Years ago my administrator offered me the AP Literature and Composition course at the end of the year. I had two months to read and plan for 12 novels. I started, but I was falling behing. I ordered the CD's for them and listened as I did other things around the house and yard. They saved me so much time. Then as the school year went along, I read them at the same pace my students did, which gave me further insight.

    Now, being entrenched in classic literature, I felt like I neglected the more contemporary novels and short stories. I had recently been introduced to the iPod feature on my iPhone. I joined an audio book club and am able to read and listen to up to 30 - 40 books a year.

    I love being able to listen and keep up with what is outside my classroom. Audio books I have enjoyed are IN COLD BLOOD, MISERY, THE HELP, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, CAN'T WAIT TO GET TO HEAVEN, GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and the two sequels,THE COLOR PURPLE, THE THORN BIRDS, and my list goes on. I gain so much and have some that I have even listened to twice.

    We live in a busy world, and audio books allow us to stay up-to-date and entertained.

    Great article, Bob!

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    I will ask my library to bring it in, thanks for dropping by.

  • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

    Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Bob, I'm forever listening to audio books while I'm sewing, quilting or embroidering. It all started when I still had my tailor shop and had to work way too many hours and therefore never got any reading done.

    Most of the audio books I own I bought on ebay. If you have a chance you should listen to Deception Point by Dan Brown it is great.

    Great hub

    regards Zsuzsy