I’ve been an audible.com customer for around a decade and judging by the size of my library, have consumed over 270 books in that time. That sounds about right, since my plan has 2 books a month. My commute is not that long, probably around 20 minutes. But that’s 40 mins a day. And there is also workout time, honey-do time, time watching the kids, chore time, standing in line time, and lunch time. I also listen to a few podcasts, alternating between a good book and a podcast about every other week. And because not everything worth reading has been recorded, I consume books the old school way too, albeit at a much slower rate. Usually when I hit the rack, it’s to sleep.
Not all audible books are created equally. The narrator can make or break a book or aspiring author. For instance, my favorite new sci-fi writer is Craig Alanson. While he does self publish via Amazon, his novels really went viral when noted audible.com narrator RC Bray was signed to read the Expeditionary Force series.
Then take a series or book too time consuming to absorb, like a James Michener novel, or the entire Aubrey and Maturin series. The audible version is much more palatable during a boring commute, while loading the dishwasher, or standing in line at the department of motor vehicles.
Perhaps I am in the minority. In that case, this thread will undoubtedly come to an ignominious end. But on the chance that there are others out there searching for an exceptional listen, I propose the Essential Listening thread,
Where to begin? How about one that many of you have either seen the film and/or read the book decades ago. I had done both, but so long ago that only glimpses of the film remain in memory. Admittedly, experiencing the DCS Hornet and Tomcat and all of the associated media surrounding both have heightened my awareness of carrier ops. But listening it today was as if for the first time. And it’s awesome. Hit the Sample button for a taste.