I know audio books are part of the whole 21st century digital ‘reading’ world, but I’m talking about the old fashioned audi books, hard copy audio books. Oldskool.
By old fashioned I mean cassette tapes and CD formats – not digital audio. The one’s you can put on a shelf, just like a book!!
As a child I vaguely remember my mum buying me some magazines that would come with a cassette tape of stories to match the content in the magazine, not that I would ever have thought of these as ‘audio books’ at the time.
Is there still anyone out there in possession of a CD player and cassette tape player, a walkman even?
It’s nice to have all options, in case modern tech ever fails us, and for nostalgia purposes – to be able to listen to old tapes or CDs stashed in the attic (or your grand/parents’ attic) and re-discovered them one day…that type of thing.
But it’s still not a book
I’ve always said I don’t count audio books as books, and I still don’t – just as I wouldn’t class a film/movie adaptation as a book either.
An audio book is like listening to a radio play, it’s a listening activity, no reading involved, no pages to turn. So if I’ve heard the audio I still wouldn’t say ‘I’ve read the book’ or leave a ‘book’ review. It’s just not the same. I’d review it as an ‘audio book’.
Nevertheless there is ‘science’ that suggests it makes no difference, it’s just ‘smarter’ reading!
Don’t Get me Wrong: I’m not ‘Anti’ Audio Books
I like them, a lot actually – after some recent indulgences, but more so for books I wouldn’t otherwise consider reading.
They’re quite a nice way to relax, close your eyes or look out at a nice view if you’ve got one – and enjoy!
I’ve collected a small stash of old fashioned audio books, most are still ‘to be listened’ to (TBL), I’ll do a round up at some point once I get through a few more – an ‘Audio Book Tag’.
I have far more ‘books’ to be read than to be listened to, by miles. How does your TBL list compare with your TBR pile?
For a long time I didn’t really entertain the idea of audiobooks, it just didn’t appeal to me at all, but that has changed, there is definitely a place for them. You’re never too old to have someone else read you a story!
What are the best audio books you’ve listened to, I’m curious….old fashioned or digital?