Where I blather on about audiobooks
I love reading – I truly do, but the actual act of reading requires me sitting still for periods of time, and we all know that “not moving” is far from the standard in my life. So, I’ve turned to audiobooks in my life . . . while it’s true that I’ll get more from a book if I actually do the reading, this is the next best thing. If I’m driving somewhere, I’m probably listening to an audiobook. If I’m walking the dogs, I’m probably listening to an audiobook. If I’m running, I’m definitely listening to an audiobook.
Audiobooks while running are an absolute necessity. Most of the time, I can chose to listen to music, and be quite content . . . but, the first 10-15 minutes of a run are, simply, an exercise in “not stopping.” If I have a good audiobook, that may be all I need to power my legs. I’d need the right set of songs, at just the right moment, to do the same. If I hear a song just one too many times, I get discouraged.
Now, I’m in the middle of two audiobooks1. One is Zodiac, because I’ve been loving the work that Megan over at Best of Fates has been putting out lately, and, if you know Megan, you know she has a thing for serial killers . . . well, “thing for” probably isn’t the best phrase to put here . . . she’s scared of them, but she’s also drawn to them. Basically, serial killers are to Megan what a pre-heated and open stove is to my kids.
Anywho, I had heard that this was, perhaps, the best-told account of a serial killer hunt . . . and I’ll admit that, for what is, basically, a documentary, it’s gripping. Also, it’s read by Stefan Rudnicki, the same guy who read the Ender’s Game chronicles, and that leads me to the other book I’m reading, Graceling2. See, I have a thing for well-written Young Adult books. Part of me wants to say that I’m doing a whole lot of research for appropriate roadtrip entertainment solutions for when my kids are a bit older . . . but, the truth is that I love getting lost in a story, and it’s just so very easy to get lost in modern Young Adult literature.
So, that leads me to what I want to get to next . . . I’m always tempted to restart the Harry Potter series for the umpteenth time. I can sit down with Rick Riordan‘s Percy Jackson & the Olympians at any time, and it’s been quite some time since I’ve listened to the Ender’s Game series, as told through Bean‘s eyes. Artemis Fowl, I think, is nearly as good as Harry Potter, from a storytelling perspective.
Of course, if I’m feeling a bit more grown-up, but still want to give myself a bit of escapism, I could move onto the next Dresden File book by Jim Butcher or just start over with The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris (many of you know these as the “Sookie Stackhouse novels,” or, maybe, the books that True Blood was based on . . . speaking of which, my mancrush on Alexander Skarsgård still holds true), or just pull out some Stephen King.
The last few years have had me listen to some true literature . . . but, the problem with listening to an audiobook that challenges you to think is that, well, you truly need to pay attention to the text, and that isn’t always an option at four in the morning when I’m, simply, trying to convince myself to “just keep running.” But, who would have thunk that I’d get engrossed in a story like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks? Of course, I can always listen to something to better myself, like She Comes First, but that’s only because I’m me (speaking of stuff like that, I’ve been working on an audio version of some of my erotic fiction — first, I hate my own voice, second, because I hate my own voice, the process is taking forever, and third, hello family members! I love that you stop by here).
So, now I’m stuck . . . there’s a ton that I want to listen to, but I don’t know which way to go. What say you, my loyal
reader readers? What have you read that you truly loved . . . so much so that you’d consider following the story again and again and again?