Stuck in traffic? No problem. Pop an audiobook in your car’s cd player and you’ll be happy to have the opportunity to listen to an extra chapter. OK, maybe not happy, but it will certainly be more pleasant. I bet you won’t notice an extra kilometer or two on your daily walk if you are listening to an engaging story. There’s nothing like an audiobook to make dull jobs disappear – laundry, dishes, snow shovelling (yes, it’s coming).
What to do about audiobooks? We can look at the cover and the publisher’s blurb, but we can’t get the same impression that handling the book will give us. Many publishers, on their websites, offer a sampling of the book. Here, for example, MacMillan Audio offers a sample of of the book. If you use the library’s Digital Media Downloads (Overdrive), you’ll find similar samples. However, it is what the publisher wants to you hear, so it is limited compared to your own sampling of a print book.
Once you have found a great narrator, you can search the library’s catalogue with the name and find other books they have read as well.
Publishers have started to use audio clips as a part of their marketing campaigns. If you have the opportunity to take the subway in Toronto, maybe you will see this campaign. You can plug in your headphones and have a listen.