Time for a confession. I've never listened to an audio book. Though, to be completely honest with you, I did have tapes with fairy tales as a kid, but I won't count those now. It just never occurred to me that audio books might be an option when it comes to reading. Reading means turning pages, or pushing buttons as of lately. Still, there is a big difference between moving from physical books to eBooks compared to trying out audio books.
The thing is that I've heard a whole lot of good things about audio books. Some fellow bloggers seem to love them which makes me wonder whether to give it a try or not.
I do have a few concerns though. The price being one of them. Audio books don't come cheap. You can't just wait for the paperback version here after all. You'll get a paperback for roughly $8,00 and then you have the audio book for $20,00 and it's considered a bargain. Then, of course, I noticed that a lot of audio books come in abridged versions. That's like buying a book with every other page missing. The only good thing abridged versions have going for them is that they are cheaper than the unabridged ones. Last of all, and this is probably the most important part, what if I totally dislike the narrator's voice? I mean, this isn't something you can ignore. You will have to go through with it for several hours and might even end up wishing for the abridged version after all because of the whiny or otherwise irritating voice. And even if the voice itself is ok, you might feel it just doesn't fit the narration/book. Oh, so many excuses for not listening to audio books!
Despite the voice (not whiny, but soothing, haha) telling me to stick to the good old fashioned page-turning experience of enjoying a book, I am curious about audio books. I'd love to hear your opinions on them. Have you ever listened to audio books? Do you actually love and recommend them? Or are you more like me, a bit skeptic due to the reasons mentioned above? Let me know.