I absolutely LOVE to read....and read....and so on (you get it) and with that mindset, I didn't really delve much into audiobooks because I always had my book in hand. I also felt the same way about
e-books. I foolishly considered myself a purist who would choose hardcopy over any other format.
Well, I have since changed that mindset!
Time is different for me now and in order to keep up with the massive amounts of titles I'd love to read, I had to rethink my plan. One day I had a three hour drive ahead of me with nothing to do. I'm one of those people who don't travel with the radio on, preferring instead, peace and quiet. The meeting I had to go to was one where all of the reading lists for the Texas Library Association was convening and I lamented about the fact that I had less time than ever to read. One librarian from Katy ISD (Robin Cashman) and the other from San Antonio (Dana Hutchins) suggested audiobooks. I'll admit, I did the whole "OK, I will" without really going to, but she then started setting me up with an account and watching me download the books.
On the way home, I listened to my very first audiobook....WOWOWOWOWOW!!
It was one of those HUGE new Stephen King books (Sleeping Beauties) and three hours wasn't going to cut it. So I spent the rest of that week when I was walking, driving, getting ready in the morning, etc to "read with my ears."
And I was hooked.
What makes them such a draw is that the delivery by those reading the books is above amazing. They put emotion, character, voice into it and constantly changed they own syncopation and tenor to match other characters in the book. It really was like listening to their conversations or allowing them to open up to me. The only comparison I could possibly make is that instead of being visually stunning, they were auditorally (yes, my own made up word) resounding.
Since then in the last month I have "read" six other audiobooks and HIGHLY recommend you "read" them too!
Mary Addision is a baby killer....allegedly.
This urban fiction novel packs a punch up until the very end for anyone listening to this. Although this is about Mary, the listener will also get caught up in the lives of the other girls in the home, what brought them there and the hope or hopelessness they face. 9-12th grade.
Readers will get caught up in the past and present and find themselves on a roller coaster ride of Sebastian's life in this realistic fiction novel. 9-12th grade.
Adventure fantasy at its finest, readers will be transformed along with the narrator's voice of Nix and her other shipmates. 7th-12th grades
This relies on four different narrators who bring to life not only the characters, but the story behind each one, including personal lives and secrets. 9-12th grade.
If you know the origins of fairy tales, this book will delight you with the morals each tale has in its own dark and delightful way. 7th-12th grade.
A little Snow White, a little Rapunzel, this fantasy novel will delight readers of the genre, especially when they heard two different voices in alternating chapters recall events through completely different lenses. 7th-12th grade.
Here are reasons why audiobooks should be in the library collection:
1. There are just some students who don't like to "read" so give them an option
2. Some people like to listen and read at the same time (great for struggling readers)
3. Long road trips by bus for extra-curricular (just sayin')
4. These are great examples of prose and poetry for UIL events
5. Use snippets of the books during a booktalk. Let the characters talk to the kids instead
6. They may be more expensive but the library owns them for perpetuity!
7. Comes in many different options from playaways to digital to CD so technology doesn't have to be a barrier
SO...if you were like me, then yes, you should definitely try it at least once. But beware, you'll get hooked!
Happy reading (with both your eyes and ears!)