|As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been traveling a lot lately (by car) and trying to walk more, both with the help of an audio book on my Ipod. I just finished Stephen King’s latest, Full Dark, No Stars and loved it (not for the faint of heart). It was the perfect read (listen) for a long drive through the entire length of Utah while my boys played with their DSI’s (thanks Santa). I was so engaged in the book I didn’t have time to worry about being drowsy (a problem for me on this stretch of I-15) or notice how long the trip was taking. With the added help of cruise control, my trip was entertaining and I was disappointed to have to turn my book off when I got to my destination. It was nice to have the thought of getting back to King’s icy tales once my mini-vacation was over and the long drive back to inversion-soaked Salt Lake loomed ahead.
I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I can’t just listen to any old book via audio. My attention span or whatever is needed to comprehend a story through listening is not anywhere near as great as when I read. I can tackle even the toughest classics each night while reading in bed, but feel completely lost if a story is too complex while listening; be that in number of characters, too detailed an account of setting, complex dialogue, etc. When reading at night, my attention is devoted to my book (and my two warmth-hungry cats), but when I listen to an audio book, I am also engaged in other activities. Stephen King is perfect for this type of listening. His stories are so horrible (good horrible?), you can’t help but be engrossed and they aren’t hard to comprehend. So even while passing a semi or referring a fight between my kids in the backseat, I can still get the gist of the story. And King is a master storyteller – his writing is so crisp, even my somewhat addled brain can take it all in.
So, my dilemma is, what next? I’m almost out of King’s books, and currently have 2 credits available on Audible.com. I have some awesome books on my to-read list, but don’t want to risk missing out on a great book because my mind can’t take in all the details.
What are your favorite audio books? Do you pick different books for audio versus reading?