The sharp eyed amongst thee might have noticed I recently published an audiobook's review. Not my best review ever; time limitations ensure that cannot be the case. The more interesting aspect of this audiobook-gate is historical: it wasn't that long ago that I published a guest post here discussing the virtues of audio books, to which I added a rather damning comment expressing my problems with the field of audio booking.
So is this ass here to inform you of another change of mind? Yes. And no.
No, because I still have reservations about audio books. I still do not think I can concentrate enough to derive as much satisfaction out of the format compared to old style reading of the same material. But yes, because not all books deserve that high a level of concentration. Or rather, what if I could use some previously unused time to "read" an audiobook? Better than not reading at all, innit?
Perhaps more interesting, in my view, is the question of why I happened to change my mind at this point in time. To that I will offer a three part answer:
- First, I have found an audio book worth my time and attention. It's the one I have reviewed.
- Second, I realised I now have the technology to listen to audio books. That is, I am now the owner of headphones capable of secluding me from the outside world while also generating highly intelligible sounds. Prior to that I tended to own open headphones that were useless for listening at venues such as a crowded street or a train.
- And third, it occurred to me that my daily commute to work includes significant walking. Pretty much the only thing I can afford to do while walking is listening, so I might as well use this time for audio books from time to time.
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