Monday Musings

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

A few weeks ago, I asked about other people’s experience listening to audiobooks in my Monday Musing. I’ve been listening to Tom Clancy’s Dead or Alive ever since, so today I’m going to tell you a little about my experience with audiobooks.

I picked the book I did because, in part based on advice from Clair at Bitches With Books, I wanted to pick a light read. I suspected it would be harder to follow a complex novel in audio form, without the ability to re-read things easily, and I have found that to be the case. Even though Tom Clancy is definitely mental candy for me, with little effort needed to read, he does write plots that involve a lot of interconnected people all over the world. I’m to the point in the book where I think those isolated stories should be coming together for me a little, but in the audiobook they feel much less connected. It is also slightly frustrating using a CD where I can’t rewind easily, but only skip to the beginning of a track. This means that if I miss a few words, it’s not worth it to go back and get them. This bothered me at first, but it’s something I’m getting used to just letting go.

Although I was right about audiobooks being harder to follow, my two biggest concerns have turned out to be unfounded. First, I was worried that it would be frustrating to get through a story so slowly. And it is very slow (21 hours for a Tom Clancy novel!). However, I’m aware that I wouldn’t be doing anything else with the time I spend driving, so this is pretty easy to live with. My other concern was that having two books going at once would bother me, even if one was an audiobook. I’ve found instead that it’s a lot like watching a TV show. It’s an entirely different medium, and as such it doesn’t bother me to go back and forth between the audiobook and my physical book.

Any recommendations for nice, light reads to listen to as audiobooks? Do you mostly use audiobooks when you drive or do you use them around the house too?

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