I am huge fan of audiobooks. On any stint when I’m a gymrat, I listen to books while I work out. For me, the time passes much more quickly than when I listen to music. I listened to the entire collection of David Sedaris books one summer on the treadmill, and that fall I made my way through Jen Lancaster books while huffing and puffing on the elliptical After that, I realized how time would fly if I was listening to a great story while I was doing something else I really didn’t like doing. Housework! So I started listening to books while I folded the laundry or scrubbed the bathroom. When my son started college in 2010, and ever since, audio books are my steady companions on my four-hour drive to visit him in the depths of Indiana.
And while it’s an odd thing to suggest, this Spring you will be able to listen to The Glass Wives while scrubbing your own bathroom or running on the treadmill or on a long, flat drive to visit your own kid somewhere!
That’s because The Glass Wives audio rights have been sold to Brilliance Audio! That means when the book is available to read, it will also be available to hear.
No, I won’t be the narrator. But I will be a listener.
That’s right, I plan to listen to the book. After all, I might have written it and read it aloud to myself seventy gazillion times, but I’ve never had it read—to me!
I love to read. I read almost every day, but listening to a book is a wonderful way to experience it. If you’ve never listened to an audiobook (although I almost always refer to them as a books-on-tape, jeez) know that the book isn’t just read, it’s performed. It’s a sensory experience different from reading because while you can rest your eyes (not while you’re cleaning or driving, please) the pace of the story is determined by the performer. It’s like watching a movie and sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for something to happen, but not being able to hit fast forward. I tend to read quickly—and audio books slow me down, which I appreciate.
It’s true, sometimes I’m so engrossed in the story that I do more listening than anything else, and I have a feeling it will be difficult to concentrate on anything other than The Glass Wives when I’m listening to it. I’ll report back and let you know! And if you listen to The Glass Wives, please let me know.
I look forward to hearing what you think!
So, are you a fan of audio books? And what do you do while listening? If you’ve never listened to a book (no, not on tape, I caught myself) is it something you’d consider?