I know I’m in the minority, but I am NOT a big fan of audio books. Yes, I’m ducking as I write this. I can’t even get through most videos unless they are VERY short. Why?
I’m not sure but I’ve put it down to my attention span can’t stand still that long. With articles and news videos my focus locks on, listens, realizes I’m not getting or have gotten what I need and it’s on the run to the next thing. Yes, that makes me sound like I have ADD or ADHD – and I don’t.
But audio books take forever to get the point. Lol. And of course that’s because the whole point is to relax and enjoy the book – see I never get to that point. My mind is always on the go. I’m a visual person. I love to watch movies, but only as long as the story holds my attention. In audio books there are no visuals but the movie rolling through my head – well that’s my imagination and my imagination is ALWAYS on overload. It spits out images and stories and characters….all the time. And it doesn’t follow the storyline in progress. It heads off into any number of other potential scenarios and I have to forcibly bring myself back the story being read.
Drives. Me. Batty.
So it was a curious thing that I decided to put all my novels up in audio format. For someone who can’t listen to audio books, I’m sure hoping other people do! As I love to see my books go up on new sites, it’s also a thrill to see new formats go live.
The first book to be produced is It’s A Dog’s Life. My romantic comedy novella. The cover had to change slightly for the CD shape of audio books. But the first of 12 Books is now available on Amazon.com and on Audible.com – and will eventually be on iTunes, too.
Our own Amy Atwell’s book Ambersley is also available in audio
So back to the real question – audio books – do you love them or hate them?