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Are you new to audiobooks in the last year? Have you been listening to them forever but discovered something new this year? Favorite titles? New times/places to listen? This is your chance to introduce yourself and your general listening experience. 

Hi, I’m Michelle and I’m an audiophile. I have been listening to audiobooks for over two years now, and they have quickly become one of my favorite methods of reading. In fact, it has become almost impossible for me to work without listening to some form of audio pleasure. Thankfully, my new job is nothing but spreadsheet manipulation which means PUH-LENTY of time for listening. In the past few months, I discovered how much more enjoyable it is to exercise while listening to a book as distraction. There is no other way for those minutes spent on a treadmill, bike, or walking outside to all but completely disappear. I wish I had discovered this sooner. Can you imagine how many pounds I would have lost listening to The Stand or any one of the Outlander series books?

Yes, I am one of those lucky few who can listen to audiobooks while at work. Some people listen to music. Others prefer silence. I listen to James Marsters, Simon Vance, Scott Brick, Amanda Ronconi, or a multitude of others. It is the only way to make the tedium of spreadsheet manipulation and balancing of the books dissipate. I also listen during my daily commute, but that truly is a small percentage of my overall listening times. It is amazing how quickly the day flies when absorbed in a good book while working. (You get all those brownie points for appearing so industrious.)

I tend to gravitate towards thrillers and those books that I want to read or re-read but know that I will never get around to doing so because of their length or another reason. Sometimes, it is as simple as the fact that there is a book I want to read, I have Audible credits to use, and the timing mirrors up perfectly. I do tend to avoid YA on audio because I prefer my audiobooks to have some length to them, and YA are typically easily read in a few hours. If I am going to drop some money on audiobooks, I want to get more than four or five hours’ enjoyment out of them; most of the time, YA just does not fit that bill for me. It does not mean I will not listen to YA on audio. WINTERGIRLS by Laurie Halse Anderson remains one of my favorite audiobooks ever, especially because two years later I am still haunted by that story. It is just a preference for longer books when choosing audiobooks to download.

Audiobooks have definitely expanded my horizons on all fronts. I “read” my first Stephen King novel thanks to audiobooks and cannot wait to read more of his works. Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series was meant for audio, as was the Outlander series, and I have no desire to read either series in print. Audiobooks have allowed me to experience the castrati, post-revolution Paris, and a future Earth. Isn’t it time you add audiobooks to your repertoire?

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