Ah, yes, the scorn of many book clubs and bibliophile traditionalists–audiobooks. This article describes the scorn some book club members face when they reveal they’ve listened, rather than read, the latest selection. I myself feel a tad odd when I list audiobooks on my “recently read” list–but I am firmly in the school that listening to an audiobook is just as much reading as is cracking open the physical volume.
My theory is, people that scorn audiobooks as “not as much work” as reading the book, clearly don’t do as much actual work as I do, which is part of what accounts for the very little time I have to read. Then again, most of these people would probably also not classify my comic book habit as “reading.” They’re right–it takes much more visual effort and brain power to concentrate on a script that is both text and image–which is why when I’m tired, I read books, and only read comics when I have enough energy to concentrate.
I only wish that we had a broader selection of popular titles at UNT. Or else that the McKinney/Denton public libraries were more on my way to work. Or that they had a courier service directly to my office. And also if all my textbooks, and professional books I’d like to read–if they were on audiobook, that would rock.
Yeah, I know I sound like a big whiner. But that’s what you get to be when you commute ten hours a week, watching your free time melt away like pecan ice cream.
Mmmmm, ice cream.