Saturday, April 03, 2010

My first audiobook

I have just downloaded Ian MacEwan's 'Solar' free from Audible.

I think this may be a solution to my problem of how to make exercise more interesting. Walking fast is supposed to be excellent weight-bearing exercise and, I hope, great to add a little variety to my exercise regime (which has recently been reduced to - at most - a couple of spinning sessions a week). And this way I get to imbibe more books too.


Blogger jem said...

I listened to my first audiobooks last summer. When I had a bad back and found book holding a little uncomfortable. I was surprised at how I got different things from the listening experience. It made the prose itself, the choice of words, rhythm of language much more apparent. I think it's a new way of 'reading' that more people should try from time to time. I'll look forward to hearing how it works for you.

Tue Apr 06, 12:39:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

I'm finding that too, jem. I'm also finding I keep thinking 'I'll have to read that on the page - and then keep feeling a bit disappointed when I realsie I haven't got the actual printed book. I hope I'll get used to this. It is good to hear though.

Tue Apr 06, 07:47:00 pm  
Blogger Sue Dickman said...

I've been listening to audio books for years (often while I'm exercising)and love it. I will say, though, that my audio book choices are sometimes different than books that I would read on the page. Mostly, I need books with a strong sense of plot when I listen--beautifully written novels that skip around in time and place are less good. I tend to listen to mysteries and lighter fiction, in general, but I also listened to all 20 of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin novels (which I'm not sure I ever would have gotten through as books, though I loved them) and, more recently, all 32 hours of Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (which I also loved).

If you're just starting to listen, you might need to experiment a bit with what works for you. Occasionally, with a book I've listened to, I'll get the physical book so I can go back to it. But I've been doing it long enough that I can pretty much guess what will work. I can't imagine not listening to books--I listen while I'm chopping onions or doing boring yard work or in the car, and it makes everything infinitely more tolerable, not to mention pleasurable, to have a story told to me while I'm doing it.

Sat Apr 17, 09:45:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Thank you Sue - very good advice. Even though I have only been listening a short while I can see that a linear sort of plot would work better. I suppose it's because you can't refer back so easily on an audiobook.

I haven't heard or read the Susannah Clarke one yet, so I think I might put that on my wish-list. I have to say the McEwan one is working well though. It is not quite linear but it is easy to follow. The only slight trouble is it is so funny. I think people must think I'm very strange walking around grinning to myself.

I keep wanting to get back to it - and since I'm only listening when I exercise I think this might be a good way to improve fitness.

Sat Apr 17, 10:26:00 pm  
Blogger Sue Dickman said...

I do understand the grinning, as years ago, I nearly fell off the elliptical trainer while listening to Cold Comfort Farm because I kept cracking up. Still, it's a risk I'll take. (Interesting about the McEwan being so funny--I don't think of him as being particularly funny, but then again, I think I've only read Atonement.)

I definitely recommend the Clarke--with that, I did have the physical book on hand (having bought it when it came out), but I only consulted it a few times, and then I made myself put it away so I wouldn't read ahead. If you're interested, I wrote a blog post about it here.

Sun Apr 18, 12:12:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Heh, heh - I can imagine that about Cold Comfort Farm. And I agree about thinking that Ian McEwan was not being a particularly funny writer. He hass never made me laugh until now - but Solar is dryly funny, at least to me. It is a surprise to know he can do this too. I haven't read but I am loving this book so far.

And that blogpost about the Clarke book you did is excellent - thanks for the recommendation.

Sun Apr 18, 08:42:00 am  

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