Why audiobooks are cool…

I’m not the type of person who reads one book at a time. I like to have several books and/or magazines going at once, but sometimes this presents a problem in terms of time management. The first book I ever listened to on CD was Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. I had read the book once but I was going to be attending a seminar for my MFA program that had The Road on the reading list but I knew I wasn’t going to have time to read it again, so I got it on CD and listened to it while I drove to Kentucky.

I like the idea of listening to books while driving, especially on my commute to and from work. I also like the idea of listening to a book while out running errands. I feel like I’m taking advantage of “wasted time” and that makes me feel better about running around all day.

One of the potential downfalls of listening to books on CD is that you can get caught up in the story and then end up sitting in the parking lot of the gym for a half an hour when you’re supposed to be doing sprints on the treadmill (I’m not saying I did this today. Oh no…). 

Right now I’m listening to The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings and I’m really enjoying it. There are 8 discs total and I’m on disc 3. It ‘s a really good story with solid characters. I’ve heard about the movie and I’d like to see it once I’m done with the book but I can tell already that the movie must have condensed a fair amount of the story because it is full of detail and character development. If they put all the detail in the first 8 chapters in the movie, it would be 3 hours long. I’ll have a longer post in a couple of weeks when I’ve finished the book.

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