Many many many decades ago, before I became super anal about doing certain things with certain things (i.e. listening to music only when I'm doing something mundane or reading a book w/o distractions), I used to listen to audio books. Now when I say many decades ago, I mean back in the date when vinyl ruled, cassettes ruled and VHS was God.
Yeah, just that far back. Like when classic rock was still fresh and new.
Anyways, I used to listen to audio books as a primary way to get my reading fix w/o going through the bother of opening a book (yeah, I had a lot of those phases back in the day). And I always made sure to listen to the unabridged versions of whatever book I was interested in. I really didn't like the Reader's Digest condensed books back in the day and I certainly didn't want to listen to books the same way.
Gradually, as my very mild form of OCD bubbled to the surface with a degree of frequency that to this day keeps me on my toes, audio books fell by the wayside, until by the early 90's the only time I would listen to a audio book was on my day off from working the overnight (I kept those same hours on my off days so that I wouldn't screw up my health). This was directly due to the fact that in the early 90's, there was diddly/squat on the t.v. and on the radio, so I had to find ways to entertain myself.
For the next couple of decades, no audio books were listened to, as my various OCD tainted routines took a firm grip on my brain and wouldn't let go. Every once in a blue moon, I would make an attempt at listening to one ("The National Road: A Ride Through Time" from the Ohio Historical Society springs to mind). But more often than not, they weren't for me.
Fast forward to 2014.
I do a lot of my grocery/non-grocery shopping at Ocean State Job Lot, and one of the many products that they carry is books, both audio and on-audio. Friends, if you ever wondered where most of the rejects/overstocks wind up, they wind up in stores like these, where you can save 60 to 75% off the cover price. They have a lot of unabridged audio books, originally priced between $19 and $35, selling for $3.99 a pop.
So I decide a couple of weeks ago to another crack of listening to audiobooks. After wading through titles by Glenn Beck (yeech!) and Tori Spelling (?!), I found a few titles worth investigating. More importantly, the titles I found were either stand alones or the first book in a short series.
Also, to make things really interesting, I decided to take another shot at reading YA (click here for my heartfelt opinion on YA) by purchasing a YA title.
So, here are the titles that I decided to buy. If anyone has an opinion on these authors, by all means, please let me know.
1} The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo: Book 1 of The Magician Trilogy (YA). Originally priced at $24.95/
2} Sons of Texas by Elmer Kelton (Western). Originally priced at $14.99.
3} Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher: Book 2 of The Codex Alera (Fantasy). Originally priced at $49.95, and if I had known it was #2 I wouldn't had purchased it. Oh and, it has 17 discs.
So, that's how I'm gonna expand my horizons this year. How 'bout you?
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