So, like every other Amazon user Iâ€™ve been bombarded with ads for Audible for a little while. Theyâ€™re tedious and overwhelming and Iâ€™ve generally ignored them. But since Iâ€™ve started listening to audiobooks whilst I run (or at least, using eBook apps like Kindle to read to me), I finally had cause to consider it more seriously. The free month trial sucked me in and I kicked off with Tigerman, the latest book from Nick Harkaway – an author Iâ€™ve respected and admired since the Gone Away World blew my mind a few years back.
It was a wonderful experience.
OK, listening to the audiobook whilst running wasnâ€™t quite as relaxing as nodding off to it as I did as a child, but at least I didnâ€™t have to rewind the tapes the next day to find where Iâ€™d dropped off so I could pick up the story again. But itâ€™s amazing how you can lose yourself in a story in a way Iâ€™ve not been able to with music (not when exercising, anyway) for years. The voice acting by Matt Bates (this guy, I think) added a dimension to the reading I didnâ€™t quite remember from the audiobooks of my youthâ€¦ an additional pleasure, perhaps one I can appreciate more having grown accustomed to text-to-speech engines reading stuff to me in a robotic monotone (although Microsoftâ€™s Cortana TTS engine is substantially better than Appleâ€™s iPhone one).
Itâ€™s reawakened a love of the audiobook and – having planned to cancel the Audible trial, and gotten as far as hitting â€˜cancel / due to the costâ€™ – Iâ€™ve found myself being sucked in by a three month at half price offer. Weâ€™ll see if I stick with it beyond that, but Mike Careyâ€™s â€˜Girl with all the giftsâ€™ is next on my list and – as an added incentive, to make use of my one credit (audiobook) per month, I need to run through it over the weekends. With a run time of 13 hours, that means at least 120km clocked up on the roads in Septemberâ€¦!
Also inspired to find the kids some good audiobooks to listen toâ€¦!