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Look ma’, no hands!

Lately, I’ve been reading with no hands. Well technically I’ve been listening with no hands, but that’s a far less impressive feat. Essentially, I’ve become an audiobook junkie.

Many of my colleagues have asked for recommendations about what to read on vacation. Suggestions range, but notice the common element here? Vacation. There’s a reason people read a lot on vacations. It’s relaxing, it’s enjoyable, and I can’t stress this enough: people have the time.

But what about if you just can’t find the time to pick up a book during the work week? What if you’re like me and you wake at 5:00 am, go to the gym, head off to work, head home, eat dinner, and then go to bed?

I’ve found that audiobooks are actually very enjoyable to listen to, and they’ve quenched my thirst to read quite nicely. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the same, but my morning workouts, commute, and dinner are now all enjoyed while “reading.” Suddenly, I have all the time in the world to enjoy a good book. Granted, some genres are generally easier to listen to than others, but that’s a topic for another post.

How about you guys? Ever listen to an audiobook? I’m currently looking for my next good listen. Suggestions?

3 Responses to Look ma’, no hands!

  1. Kevin Grange says:

    Thank you for this blog!I’ve recently decided to start listening to audiobooks during my commute to work. This article in The Wall Street Journal, titled “Can You Hear Me Now? The New Explosion in Audio Books” has some good suggestions and insights into the increased popularity in audio books.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323854904578637850049098298.html

    (If the link doesn’t work, I would just google the article title)

  2. Gill Avila says:

    Spellbinder by Helen Stringer is pretty good–about a young English girl who can see and communicate with ghosts and who still lives with her parents, who are also ghosts. It’s read by the author, who is British, so it’s very nice on the ears.

  3. Joelle says:

    One of my all time favourites is TELEGRAPH DAYS by Larry McMurtry. Also, for nonfiction, Tina Fey’s latest one is great. And EAT, PRAY, LOVE is a totally different experience than reading the book (I’ve listened three times, but wouldn’t have read the whole book). Harry Potter is so good on audio. Sara Zarr reads her books and they’re fabulous. For YA, I recently listened to DRAMARAMA by E Lockhart, and it was great. Also the Montmaray books…by Michelle Cooper. FLIPPED (MG) is very good. And PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ is really well done, too.

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