Friday, January 28, 2011
It's a Great Time to be a Reader -- er or a Listener
I just finished a road trip with my daughter, Audra (Audie) not to be confused with Five Scribes blogger and author Audra Harders. In a case of true role reversal, my daughter knowing how much I hate to travel by car, surprised me with one of my favorite author's. As we began our trek, she slipped in Daniel Silva's THE REMBRANT AFFAIR into the CD player, and off we went beginning our travels from Seattle to Colorado Springs.
At first, I was like a petulant two year old. Let's face it, when we read, our minds form the voices of these characters. I had it firmly set in my head what Gabriel Allon sounded like as well as Chiara, Ari Shamron, and the rest of Silva's fantastic secondary characters. When you listen to books on tape, the narrator is on his own. He's the narrator, the protagonist, the antagonist, each and every secondary character in the book, including the females. It does take some getting used to.
However, by the end of the first CD, I was hooked. Phil Gigante, the narrator of more than 70 audio books, and an accomplished actor, according to his bio, had me hanging on every word just as I do when I'm flipping through one of Daniel Silva's novels. Brilliance Audio did an amazing job of bringing THE REMBRANT AFFAIR to life.
In between breaks on our journey, I thought about the luxuries and advantages readers enjoy today. People have choices, whether to buy the bound book for their shelves or their e-readers. People who suffer from macular degeneration or other disabilities can listen to books on tape, or like me, during a tedious drive, can escape into a fantastic novel. It's truly a great time to be a reader or a listener as it were.
So how about you? Do you enjoy books on tapes, do you have a Kindle, a Nook or other e-reader? Or are you a dyed in the wool confirmed "hold a book in your hands" type?
I guess, thanks to my daughter, I'm evolving after all. I'm falling in love with all three--a book in my hands, I now own a Kindle, and I'll never hesitate to listen to a book on tape again.
Happy Reading & Listening.