I’ve been thinking of various ways of adding to my blog – either discussion posts or different ways of reviewing to trial out this year and Melissa from My World in words and pages... inspired me recently to expand my reviews to audio books as well as written word. After all I read both ebooks and paper books and as I already listen to a number of audio books why don’t I review them as well?
Before I started, I wanted to expand on my audio book collection to give you some back ground. Firstly, it’s not nearly as big as my paper copy, or after four months kindle ownership, as my ebook collection. I have perhaps 15 audio books split between CD and old cassette tape, but perhaps the key point is that I listen to them over and over again. I have heard some of my audio books more often than I’ve read any of paper books (with the possible exception of Watership Down!). I listen to them in the bath and in bed mostly. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve fallen asleep listen to a book on tape. Sometimes it takes me days to listen to a book all the way through but I love listening to these stories come to life through the fantastic reading skills of others. Some of the readers are just fantastic at building suspense, others do great voices for each characters. In most cases as well as the audio book I’ve read the paper copy but the audio version usually adds something to the story that as a reader I missed. So starting next week I’m going to trial reviewing some of the audio books I already own (and have listened to numerous times!).
Let me know what you think of the idea. Have you ever listened to any audio books? What did you like/dislike about the experience?