I don’t get audiobooks.
I mean, I understand the concept of audiobooks, I just don’t think they make a whole lot of sense for me.
I bring this up today because when attempting to find the other Zamonia books this weekend, I discovered that the first two are not available as ebooks, but they ARE available as audiobooks – read by none other than Bronson Pinchot (if B-Man is reading this, he probably just squealed a little).
I feel the need to add here, that my primary reason for not wanting to purchase tree books at the moment is not because I’ve become a digital only snob, but because I have issues with my hands currently that make holding a book and turning actual pages difficult, if not sometimes impossible. My eReader is what allows me to continue to read, even when my hands are so bad I can’t hold a book.
So…why not audio? Well, I’ve tried them before (after the urging of a friend to try listening to The Guide as read by DNA) and I always think it’s exceptionally clever and might even be fun…for about two minutes.
Which is the point that my mind starts to wander because I don’t have the tether of the words on the page.
People have said “Oh, but I can ‘read’ while I’m doing all these other things! I can read on my commute! I can read while I’m doing my chores!” and so on.
- Audiobooks while driving – I would get myself killed or would have to go back and read the entire book over again. I know my limitations, and would prefer to keep my attention on the road when I’m behind the wheel of something that could potentially cause harm to myself or others. That’s not to say that many people aren’t able to do this, but I know that this is not a viable option for me. Yes, I’m one of those people that turns the radio down to look for an address. Shut up.
- Audiobooks while doing chores – I can’t even listen to music while I’m doing chores, unless I do so with one earbud hanging next to me so I can listen for kids crying. Sadly, kids crying is frequent occurrence in my house.
- Audiobooks while knitting/crafting/whatever other hobby you have – Um…reading is my hobby. I can’t really listen to an audiobook while I’m reading (how meta!), and I can’t blog or tweet or do anything else that doesn’t allow me to devote my entire attention to the book I’m listening to while I’m listening. I don’t want to have to go back and RELISTEN to everything again.
- Audiobooks help people read faster – Not me. For example, The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear (which is what started me on this whole subject) is 16 hours long. SIXTEEN HOURS! ZOMG, if I had 16 hours to devote to just straight reading, I’d finish this book and probably 2 others! This is not a timesaver for me. This is slowing me down. I never have much time to just sit and read. I have 4 kids and I homeschool 3 of them. My reading is confined to 5 or 10 minutes at a time. What I call reading sprints. I read while I’m stirring the pasta, I read while I’m standing outside the bathroom, waiting for one of the kids to finish so I can make sure their hands are clean, I read while I’m waiting for the toaster to pop up the waffles. What I don’t EVER get to do is just sit and read (or listen!) to anything for 16 hours at a stretch.
- Audiobooks for the vision impaired – This is the one that makes the most sense to me. Before I got my new glasses earlier this year, I had to constantly adjust the font size of every book I read on my reader. With my old glasses, I needed to read at at least the medium sized font but WITHOUT my glasses, I need the largest size. No joke, the largest font size only fits 5-10 words on the screen.
…and now this has turned into a bit of a lengthy rant, when really I was originally just sad that these books aren’t available digitally.
Is anyone willing to listen to them and transcribe them for me?
Do audiobooks work for you? If so, when do you listen to them? How do you manage to tune out other distractions? If you listen while driving, how do you find that balance of keeping your eyes on the road while still paying attention to the story?