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“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”Stephen King
I’ve thought about the above comment several times since I first heard it and, generally speaking, I find myself in agreement. The trick, of course, is in finding the time, which is where my love of audiobooks comes in.
I can remember getting audiobooks out from the library when I was young, back in the pre-digital days when they were still on cassette. One of my favourites was Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, as read by Tom Baker, who I maintain has a fantastic voice for narration. (I found a version of it online, and you can judge for yourself here.) There’s something about the performative nature of readings that I responded to, that made it come alive. From there I progressed to other classics, then more current novels, instilling an enjoyment that has never left me.
For the past few years I’ve been lucky enough that I have a desk job where I can actually listen to an audiobook whilst I’m at work, as well as in the car on my way to and from the office. Audiobooks probably account for two-thirds of the books I get through nowadays and I usually end up getting 2 or 3 new ones per month.
Now, I fully understand that audiobooks aren’t necessarily for everyone. Still, if you’re struggling to find time to read but you have sections of time where you find yourself doing something repetitive or monotonous (a long drive, at the gym, etc) where can divide your attention easily, audiobooks might be worth a try.
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