Not from me. For me, lol.
I work in a lab, and these days I spend a lot of time mounting bugs and worms on slides. Yum, I know. Anyway, it’s not exactly mind-consuming work, and the guys insist on listening to NPR all day. This was fine for a while, but I swear if I have to hear anymore about bailouts, health reform, Iraq, terrorism, and anything else remotely political, I might toss the radio across the room.
I was listening to music, which is fine, but I’ve been trying to keep the old (songs in alphabetical order) iPod in the car and the new one with me, and when I listen to playlists or albums, I always get to the end and go, “What now?” And I’m finding it harder to answer that question.
Then Glee last week was awesome (the Madonna ep, yeah), and so I downloaded that episode. I’ve listened to it twice at work. This reminded me that it’s lots of fun to listen to tv (I mean, when you can’t actually watch tv), so I’ve been going through my Studio 60 eps. But… I’m going to run out of them soon. They’re only 45 minutes each, and it’s an 8-hour day (and I’ve listened to the best ones already anyway). So that just leaves me with 45 minutes of Dr. Horrible, and I’ll be out of videos. Those take up a lot of room on my iPod, so I wasn’t looking to download more episodes of things unless they’re really special.
But, I thought, what about books? I mean, I could knock out a late Harry Potter in three work days (according to the time iTunes tells me it would take). And Harry Potter’s totally something I could listen to, and I’ve heard the narrator is good. So I looked it up.
It’s like $50 on iTunes to get a late Harry Potter audiobook.
In fact, most the audiobooks appear to be at least as expensive as a hardbound book, if not more. I’m seeing lots in the high teens and twenties. I’m looking at the second Percy Jackson book right now, and it’s 8 hours long and $23. That’s right. For one work day’s worth of listening (I mean there’ll be some overflow ‘cuz of other work stuff I’ll have to do, but basically one day), I’d have to pay $23.
So now, I’m really reconsidering this audiobook thing.
Someone recommended Audible.com, but I’m not sure if that’s a better deal. The books look about the same price, unless you do their membership. They have different memberships, but I’m not sure any of them will actually be worth it. Partly this is because I don’t know how listening to an audiobook will really work out for me.
One difference between listening to Studio 60 vs. listening to NRP (other than, yanno, the fictional plots and scripted dialogue) is that the story is told with many different voices, that keep my mind active and engaged. I’m worried that one voice talking for so many hours in a row is going to let my mind wander a little more. I’m worried I won’t like the narrator and their voice will get on my nerves after a while. I’m worried that because I see words better than I hear them, I’ll have a hard time following a story I don’t already know or one full of dense narrative or a complex one. (Otherwise, I would have downloaded an Agatha Christie novel already and tested it out–but, no, there’s no way I’m going to catch all the clues this way, which is half the fun ;))
So I’m looking for audiobook recs. Is there anything anyone’s listened to that they thought was done really well? Any websites you really liked that had them? Maybe some place not toooooo expensive? Let me know.
Currently on iPod: The Devil in the Wishing Well by Five for Fighting
Lots of love,
ETA: Oh, yeah, I forgot? Do you like the new background. I’m trying it out. I didn’t like that my links were at the bottom and there was so much wasted space on the sides.
Update: I ended up getting Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green, just to try out this audiobook thing. On iTunes, it’s about the same price as the actual book, and it’s the length of a work day, so if it doesn’t work, I’ll know tomorrow. I listened to the preview and the guy who reads the first chapter sounds excellent. So much voice.