Audiobooks?

This is just a short personal update, but I thought it might be nice to share it.

So, I have just finished listening to my first audiobook. (Yes, I know, it’s a bit weird I haven’t tried it earlier.) I listened to The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, a book I have wanted to read for a while, but just didn’t get my hands on. First, I’m going to say that I liked the book. It provokes a feeling of uneasiness and is at times creepy, but it’s something I don’t have a problem with. It’s done quite well and I loved the style which at times felt like listening to a poem. What I fear, however, is that I might have enjoyed the book better if I had actually read a physical copy.

Listening is not for me, it seems. It hard for me to concentrate and my mind wonders off. I had to go back and listen at some parts more then once. Maybe it’s a question of adjustment, but I am generally a visual person and I need something to get my eyes’ attention. It’s a shame, though, since I think audiobooks are quite practical at times, especially for listening on the go, and especially since I can’t really read on any kind of transportation – buses, cars, trains, aeroplanes – since I get dizzy and nauseous. So, in the end, I decided I’m not giving them up yet.

So, what do you think about audiobooks? Do you like them? Was it hard fro you to ajdust to listening as well?

P.S. I remember listening to fairy tales on the cassette player when I was a kid. I loved it then so I might learn to like it again. 🙂