I will always remember my first audiobook. It was about 10 years ago and I was on a summer trip with some friends with college. We went to Biloxi, Mississippi to do some gambling and then headed over to New Orleans. I had a very long ride on Amtrak back to Philly, and although I was loaded down with books, I decided to try out an audiobook. So, at a Barnes and Noble I picked up Dreamcatcher by Stephen King, read by Jeffrey DeMunn in cassette form.
So I got situated on the train, reveling in my window seat, and plopped the first tape into my Sony Walkman… and fell right to sleep. The rest of the trip home was like that, I would attempt to listen to the book, and would fall asleep. I would read, listen to music, chat with my fellow travelers all in a perfect state of awakeness. So, after that experiment, I thought, well, maybe audiobooks are not for me.
Of course, later would I realize the true culprit. You see, I attempted to read the book… napsville. I went to see the movie… yawnstown. It was then I realized the fault lay with the source material, and not the delivery system.
I began actively listening to audiobooks a little over five years ago. Until that time I worked in a position that gave me a lot of down time, allowing me to read a lot. When I changes positions, I still wanted the tales that helped me through the drudgery, but if I attempted to read while doing that job I would probably have driven into trees and walked into walls. So I discovered Audiobooks.
Those first days I remember listening to the full cast recording of Stephen King’s The Mist and the star studded reading of Max Brook’s World War Z. Both of these were based on books I have read before. Yet it wasn’t really until, later that week, listening to Michael Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer that I really started to fall in love with audiobooks.
And now to 2011…
I think the past 12 months has seen some exciting things happening in audiobooks. More and more authors are seeing there work come to audio form. In 2010, I listened to over 150 audiobooks, including series like The Dresden Files, and Stephen White’s Alan Gregory series. So far in 2011, I have listen to 75+ audiobooks, finding new (to me) writers like Larry Coreia and Jonathan Maberry. And we are only halfway done.
For some of my favorite audiobooks, check out the following posts.
I have a lot of fun things planned for Audiobook week. Today I have:
My Into post, which you are currently reading.
A review of the upcoming supernatural suspense thriller from Michael Koryta.
An interview with one of my favorite authors, Tim Dorsey, and one of my favorite narrators, Oliver Wyman, who coincidentally narrates Tim Dorsey’s books.
And tomorrow, another post on audiobooks, another review, and another interview. Let’s get this started.