Tuesday, October 21, 2008

In Support of Audiobooks

Shelf Awareness has just added a new reviewer who will focus on “audiobooks and the audio business.” Beth Henkes introduces herself as an accidental listener:

I'm a reader. I love books: the weight of them in your hands; the sound of the pages as they are turned; the smell of the ink, no matter how long it's been there. So I suppose it's surprising that, quite by accident, I also got attached
to audiobooks.
Henkes is an audiobook fan for several good reasons:
  • Publishers have committed to the quality of their audiobook productions
  • Audiobooks enable multitasking: read while commuting, exercising, or walking the dog
  • Audiobooks have become easy to find on-line, in retail stores, and in libraries
For the same reasons, I love a good audiobook, but not every book works well in the audio format. For more, see my prior post on which types of books make for good audiobooks.


rhapsodyinbooks said...

Hi Gwen,
I have come to love audiobooks for the car, because they help me focus on something else besides road rage! Also, I double the number of books I read by not wasting the time I am on the road. But you are right, some books don't lend themselves very well to audiobooking. I wish there were broader choices for audio.

Dave said...

Gwen, liked your post. For another look at audiobooks, try The Baltimore Sun's Read Street blog (www.baltimoresun.com/readstreet) on Tuesdays. We feature reviews by columnist Susan Reimer, who listens to books on her daily commute. The direct link to all of her posts is: http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/books/blog/audiobooks/
Dave of Read Street

Gwen Dawson said...

Dave, thanks for the link. Lots of good audiobook info there.