the walking writer

After reading positive reviews of Fangirl, I eagerly looked for it on my library’s website, hoping for a Kindle version.  However, I was disappointed to see that they only had the book in audiobook format.  I decided that it would be a good opportunity to finally try an audiobook out, so I checked it out anyway.

Well, I think I know quite clearly  now that I am not an audiobook person, for a few reasons:

  • There is no way to skim.  I detest giving up on books (unless they’re really bad), so skimming is my best friend during mediocre book.
  • When listening to a book, I feel a need to do something at the same time.  I found that only a few activities were suited to audiobooks, including mindlessly playing World of Warcraft.
  • The choice of narrator can really make or break an audiobook.  I was not a fan of the narrator for Fangirl.  Her way of doing male voices just seemed off to me.
  • Narrators can also affect the story in subtle ways.  For example, a narrator may choose to emphasize certain words in a character’s dialogue when that wasn’t the author’s intention.
  • With an audiobook, you’re glued to technology.  If you don’t have a smartphone or a compatible MP3 player, you’re stuck listening to the book at your computer.

However, I do see the positive value of audiobooks in some cases.  If you commute long distances or take long walks, an audiobook is a great way to break up the monotony.


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