Most of us talk about reading books, watching movies, or attending plays. We know what the verb is that fits best with each activity; in fact, we know it so well, we don’t even have to think about it.
Reading books. That phrase just hangs together as naturally as drinking milk or licking a lollipop.
There are, however, times when we want the distraction or the excitement of a book when we just cannot read, such as when driving in a car. Listening to the radio puts us at the mercy of whatever stations are available as we drive along and especially on a long trip the stations keep fading out as we leave their signal area.
Some of us resort to CD’s or iPods or the like. Then there are the rest of us. We think hitting the open road is a marvelous time for an audiobook.
For a recent trip to South Carolina, my husband and I hit the library the night before leaving and picked up Bernard Cornwell’s The Last Kingdom. We fell in love with listening. No matter who was driving over those two days we would decide to pick up where we left off in the story. The miles simply slipped away as did the time. I usually drive for two hours and the last half hour I am always looking at my watch.
Not this time.
As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, we loved listening to a good book. So, of course, my writer’s brain began to go off on tangents asking questions.
7 Questions Related to Audio Books:
- How hard is it to read a whole book for a recording?
- Do actors do this or is this a special niche job?
- What is the percentage of published books that make it into the audio book category?
- Is there a genre or book length that works better?
- Is creating an audio book something that is only done by renowned authors through their publishers or is the process easily accessible by any author?
- What makes an audio book great?
- What are the pitfalls to avoid?
Once again, I am off to learn about something new related to my writing. This time, however, I am asking you, my readers, to share any thoughts you have on making audio books.
Consider leaving a comment about anything but especially about audiobooks.
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The Loyalist’s Wife by Elaine Cougler