I just completed my 2nd book of 2009 — yippee!! The first was Black, by Ted Dekker. Not my typical read, but I am glad that I persevered and finished it. The 2nd book completed is a small (111 pages) read entitled, The Little Guide to your Well-Read life, by Steve Leveen. This was definitely more my style. I love reading books about books – and this one was no exception. The subtitle to this book is “How to get more books in your life and more life from your books.” How to find the time to read more books?? I was determined to discover this little secret so that I could apply it to my own life.
The greatest “secret” that I gleaned from the author is that audiobooks not only allow you to increase reading productivity (you can “read” while in traffic – washing dishes – doing laundry etc), but also help you to more fully appreciate the content. Professional readers (who are very often actors as well) add a dramatic element to the reading – as well as realistic dialect and accents – that silent reading does not afford.
I am intrigued by this statement – and I can truly understand the value. My problem, however, is that I am a VERY visual learner. I have tried audio books in the past (well, 1.5 books to be exact) and I seem to either focus so intently on the spoken word that I lose track of time – and location (drove right past my exit and had to turn around; makes me wonder what else I “tuned out” on that trip to work) OR….I unintentionally translate the spoken voice to written words in my mind so that I can “read” what the narrator is saying. Insane, I know — and mentally exhausting.
How about you? Have you tried audio books? Do you like them? Does it take a while to acclimate to this style of “reading” (meaning I should give it more time than just 1.5 books) or are audio books for some but not for others? I spend about 20 minutes one way in the car each weekday. I am thinking that is 40 minutes a day x 5 days = 200 minutes (3+ hours!!) I could accomplish a lot of enjoyable reading in that time — if I could just adjust to the format. Hmmm, I think I have just convinced myself to give it one more attempt. Now the question is….which audiobook should I try first?