I get a lot of people pushing audio books and frankly, I just can’t get into them. There are a lot of reasons, but the biggest is that they are a completely inefficient use of my time, they actually slow my reading process down dramatically and I can’t see anything that I’d get out of them.
I’ll go into my reasons below, but are you an advocate of audio books? Why? What is it that you get out of the process that makes you favor them more than traditional (or electronic) books? I really don’t get it.
Now granted, I really have no reason to actually listen to things in the car, I only have the radio on for background noise and I just don’t have a long commute where I can really do it for an extended length of time. Besides that, to read, I have to have uninterrupted time where I can concentrate and driving, that’s just not the case. I have to pay attention to something else and that’s not conducive to “reading”. In fact, I had to drive my wife to a dentist appointment yesterday, she was on medication and couldn’t drive herself. I planned to read a book while waiting, but they had a TV on and people were talking and I just couldn’t do it. I need silence to read. If I get interrupted, I lose my place and it isn’t an enjoyable experience.
The other problem is that it’s such an inefficient use of my time. Even if I could concentrate on the book in the car, it takes so long to listen to someone read it to you, I could have read a dozen books the regular way. Everyone knows how much I read, at least when I have books available. I can read a 300 page novel in a couple of hours. Why would I spend a week or a month on someone reading a book to me when I can do it myself in a tenth the time? It makes no sense to me. I can put a huge pile of e-books on my tablet and read for an hour over lunch and get through a hundred pages. How does it make sense to listen to someone who reads to me slower than I can read to myself?
And I only bring this up because there have been a number of people recently who have been very adamant evangelists for audio books, to the point that they were insulting people who said no thanks. There’s a reason I don’t want to do it. There is no reason whatsoever that I should. If it works for you, great, just don’t be a dick to those who simply aren’t interested.