I’m currently reading as I drive – by using an audio book version of ‘Inheritance of Loss’ by Kira Desai.
It’s an interesting exercise with these being my observations so far:
1.I need to have a fair way to drive (at least a half-hour journey or more…)
2. It’s great to have a book where the accents are acted out
3. It’s sometimes hard to catch a name (and guess how it’s spelt)
4. A talented narrator / reader makes all the difference (this one is a Penguin audiobook)
5. You can’t easily flick back to check your understanding
6. It’s probably best when you are alone! (Unless you regularly share interests with your passenger…)
That said, I have enjoyed the experience – there would even be times that I would be tempted to stay in the car to continue with the story. And I am sure people have wondered what I might be laughing at as I drove by!
However, I have also found a copy of the book at a second hand bookshop (Brown’s Books in Springwood) so that I can check the place and character names I have been hearing. I can now ‘hear’ the voices of the characters as they ‘speak’ from the written page! I can still feel the book.
And I don’t have to wait till I am in the car!
What have been your ‘reading’ experiences with audiobooks?