To Read or to Listen

Always an avid reader, I once ridiculed those who merely listened to books. How could you possibly get the same meaning and depth from listening as you could by having those pages firmly planted in your hands, your eyes scanning every word as your mind busily works through the plot in your brain? Those who would do so could only be called traitors to the cause of literature and learning.

Well, I stand before you a confirmed traitor. As time has marched forward and my plate seems to only get more and more full, time for reading just never seems to materialize. Taking on new responsibilities has meant more and more travel with hours spent behind the wheel, sadly unable to sit in my favorite chair with a cherished classic. So, needing the exhilaration of learning that comes with each new book, I started to experiment at first. I’ll just see what the fuss was all about. I’m sure I won’t like it but I could at least try. Given that I had chosen a great topic (America’s founding) as read by a great performer, I was instantly hooked.

I have now tried histories, motivational works, novels and much more. Have you tried this medium of learning? If so, what are your thoughts? Any favorite authors or readers? I use audible.com as a platform. Others you have tried and enjoyed, or not? Love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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