Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Listening to a Book? What?


You have two kids
        and a husband,
               and you go to school full-time,
                      have homework
                               and housework,
                                     are writing one novel,
                                             and co-authoring a second novel,
                                                     and you've read--*checks goodreads*--19 novels in 2013.

A friend said this to me today, flabbergasted that I have time to actually read books.

With a bright smile, I admitted I cheat. But only a little bit.

No, I don't use sparknotes to "read" Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy and Milton. All of which I started and finished in 2013.

I've found it's awfully difficult to read while folding laundry, or cooking dinner, or cleaning my house, or driving to drop my son off in kindergarten. Every fold of cloth and mile of road felt absolutely wasted. Wasted because I had books to read for school and leisure.

 I have two friends who swear by audiobooks.

And now I swear by them.

When I found I couldn't possibly finish school books and leisure books, I downloaded the Audible iPhone app, plugged my phone into the docking station, and voila!!!

I listen to books while I clean, and cook, and drive. (I'm listening to one as I write this post) You never really notice how much time it takes to "make a quick trip to school, then stop quickly to get the mail" until you have an app keeping track of your listening time. Those quick trips are nearly an hour of my time in the morning.

For every one book I read, I've listened to one and a half audiobooks. Because really, with everything I do, I'm left to "actually reading a book" right before bed. I kill a hundred pages or so before my eyes grow too unfocused to read any longer. During the day, while I'm doing everything else that needs to get done, I listen to books.

My house no longer suffers for my book addiction. My car stereo has forgotten what "music" is. My children, five and two years old, listen along with me to books they will read in thirteen and sixteen years. The transition from morning cartoons to "listening to  mommy's books" wasn't as tragic as expected.

My kids comment on the narrator's various accents. My son, the five year old, shrieks with the glee of recognizing words in mommy's books that he's learned to write/read in school. Instead of sitting in front of the television, my kids are learning, expanding their pliable little brains while mommy expands her less pliable and slightly tougher brain.

Audiobooks, are far more beneficial than just getting the next fix for an addiction that isn't detrimental to your health.

Happy Reading--listening to audiobooks. Happier Writing,



DL Hammons said...

I listen to them on long car trips, but my wife uses them when she's walking in the neighborhood. Maybe I should try them in other ways? :)

Rebecca Green Gasper said...

I, too, listen to audio books while running around town. It takes me much longer to listen than to read (I am a very fast reader) but I enjoy hearing the story as I make my way through the various activities in my day. I've been trying to figure out how to make my novel into an audio book...hmm...

Roland D. Yeomans said...

An audio book lets you enjoy the cadence and flow of an author's prose, inspiring you to write better than ever.

I, too, listen to audible books, as I drive my blood runs. I am enjoying the sound effects and songs that are going with BEAUTIFUL CREATURES -- great book, lackluster movie.

Stephanie said...

I need to get into audio books. I barely have time to get anything done, let alone all the reading I'd like to accomplish. Thanks for this post, because it's inspired me to finally start getting into audio books.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Great idea... Love the fact that there is a app now. YAY. NO more CD's to pop.

It's been a while. I hope all is well. Sounds like your are ONE BUSY LADY...

Tara Grover Smith said...

That's a great idea! I don't have an ipod but i have listened to books in the car and then found other tasks to do as i listen by computer and stereo. I prefer to read as I often get distracted by my own thoughts.

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Sandra Cox said...

My sister is a big audio listener. I'm afraid I'd get too involved in the story and run off the road;)

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I'm now in the process of turning 5 of my books into audio books by ACX. It has been an enlightening experience.

This is so late after your post, you will probably never read thiss.

BTW -- I've missed you on the blogverse, Roland

Melissa Sugar said...

I love audio books. I drive a lot, for work and I am in the car so much, hauling the kids around, that I've become somewhat addicted to them.

Melissa Sugar said...

P.S. I love your "about me" page, the crappy tweet line,

Jodi Henry said...

Hi Roland!

I'm not around much because college has kept me pretty busy as i the last year, BUT I'm graduating this June so it should free up some time for me to come back and visit everyone here!


Jodi Henry said...

Haha! It is an easy addiction to slip into. And thanks, I typo nearly every tweet :-/