June is Audiobook month, and today begins Audiobook Week 2012 (June 25-29), thanks to Devourer of Books for hosting. This is my first time participating.
Audiobooks are not new to me, albeit I’ve not been a regular listener. But 2012 is the year I rediscover the pleasure and benefits of them, and become a ‘chain user’. Mainly, it’s a time-saver for me. I listen to CD recordings of books while driving. That’s a great way to finish a book. Yes, after much pondering, I say ‘finish’ instead of ‘read’. The difference I’ve written in a previous post Dances With Words.
Yes, books on CD’s still, because there’s a large collection at our local public library. Audible.com, well, here’s a little story.
Have you ever been given a gift and then see it taken away as you open it? This is exactly my experience on this year’s Mother’s Day. My son gave me Colin Firth’s reading of Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair through Audible.com. Sweet… both the giver and the gift. We unwrapped the gift together, trying to download the recording, but was told its copyrights did not apply to Canada. So, we can’t listen to it above the 49th parallel. So much for free trade and open borders.
Anyway, I’m resigned to continue listening the old fashioned way… CD’s, while patiently waiting for Colin Firth’s reading to be transferred onto them.
The following are the audiobooks I’ve finished so far this year:
- Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
- A Farewell to Arms by Earnest Hemingway
- Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott
- Life Itself by Roger Ebert
- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
- On Beauty by Zadie Smith
- A Version of the Truth by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack
Reviews coming up. Happy listening everyone!