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Armchair BEA have loads of topics this whole week and I am sure I am going to be reading loads of blogs! I am only going to be participating in one or two discussions here on my blog although you will be seeing my comments everywhere! Audiobooks are near to my heart, so let’s get to the first topic.
One of today’s topics is More Than Just Words:
There are so many mediums that feature more than just words and enhance a story in a multitude of ways. Examples may include graphic novels and comics, audiobooks, or even multimedia novels. On this day, we will be talking about those books and formats that move beyond just the words and use other ways to experience a story. Which books stand out to you in these different formats?
I was surprised to find audiobooks mentioned in line with comics and graphic novels in the little intro above. I have never really thought of audiobooks as anything else than “reading with my ears”, but I guess their statement is correct. Audiobooks bring so much more to my own reading experience than just words.
A good narrator can keep me listening even if the book itself is getting lost in it’s own words. I have kept listening many times when I would have been throwing the book across the room if I had held it in my hands.
I have also enjoyed many different genres when reading them would not have kept my attention. An example would be THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern. This was a very different novel that was much enhanced by being in audio form. The written word might not have held the same allure for me.
If a good narrator can keep me listening, a great narrator can push the book even higher in my book gushing love opinion. Some books are just made for this format. There is nothing like getting weird looks when you suddenly burst out laughing sitting all by yourself in a restaurant. I have recently discovered memoirs and biographies which I am sure is just because of my audiobook love. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK by Piper Kerman had me spitting out my coffee once or twice
Also audiobooks have been a godsend for me in the last few months. I have been in a position where just sitting still reading a book, seemed like not taking advantage of life enough. (crazy, I know). So multi tasking has been my salvation. While my eyes and hands have been occupied, my ears kept listening to the words spilling out of my headphones. It is amazing what books can do to smooth the hard bits of life.
So what do you think? Do you love audiobooks as much as I do? Or are you more into comics or manga?