Listening to books, or how I got over myself

Excerpted from a post I made on Fit for Company.

One of my passions is reading. I learned to read when I was about 2 and have been devouring the printed word ever since. Growing up, I read what my parents had on the shelves, which was mostly classic science fiction (Asimov, Heinlein, some Harry Harrison). And now, I have books on shelves and piled in corners and stacked in boxes under the kitchen table...still mostly science fiction and fantasy, but I try to branch out every once in a while.

For the longest time, I was a book purist. I turned up my nose at audio books and ebooks because they weren't "real books". And then, a few years ago, I discovered the joy of going on vacation with about 30 books downloaded to my (at the time, very fancy) Palm cellphone. Now, I have a Kindle and absolutely love it.

But the biggest change for me was discovering the Audible app for my phone. Now, I can download an audiobook and have it read to me when I do my walks. I can read while walking and not be afraid of bumping into things! Plus, I get to hear things like Wil Wheaton reading John Scalzi's latest book, Redshirts: A Novel With Three Codas. Sidenote: the book is fabulous, and there's even a theme song by Jonathan Coulton.

One of my favorite ongoing series is Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. (Quick summary: Harry Dresden lives in Chicago as an openly practicing professional wizard. And private investigator. Hijinks ensue.) And then I found out that James Marsters (Spike! From Buffy!) narrates the audiobooks. Well.

True story.

Long story short (too late!), I am now an enthusiastic ebook/audiobook convert. And if you haven't tried either, go ahead! Give it a whirl! There's a Kindle app for iPhones/Android phones as well as the Audible app.



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