Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!
Here’s my Musing Monday ramble for this week:
I have a 30 mile commute to work each day—it takes me about an hour. It’s not a hard, “white-knuckle” drive—it’s mainly through the suburbs on secondary roads—but it does wear on me sometimes, especially in the winter. But last week I started doing something that makes me almost look forward to getting in the car every morning and late afternoon—I put an audiobook from the library onto my iPod and listened to it on my commute.
I’ve never really been into audiobooks. Several years ago I borrowed a few on CD (pre-iPod days!) but the format never really caught on with me. I’m not sure what made the difference this time, but I think my drive time just got a much needed lift!
I’m really lucky that my local library has a huge selection of audiobooks available for downloading. Right now I’m listening to The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud—a pretty interesting novel that I’ve been wanting to read for quite awhile. I’m sure that the narrator plays a huge role in whether or not the listener enjoys a particular audiobook, and the woman reading this one is really good—she’s even able to read the accented dialogue of several of the characters authentically without being annoying about it. I’ve also got to say that the main character of this story is one of the ANGRIEST characters I’ve encountered in a book in a long time—and the narrator does a great job of expressing that simmering rage without going over the top.
I’ve got about three hours to go with this book–that’s about two days of driving for me. I already know I’ll be loading another book onto my iPod immediately when I’m finished. I also know that at some point I’ll be trying a nonfiction title—I read a lot of nonfiction and will be interested to see (hear?) how that genre translates to this format.
How about you? Are you a fan of audiobooks? When do you listen to them? How/where do you get your audiobooks? Please share!