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What is your preferred method of listening to audio books? Where and when do you listen to them?
I haven't listened to many audio books, to be honest. In fact, I can only think of a few.
The very first was as a toddler. I had The Tale of Peter Rabbit on a record. As a result, I had the whole text memorized at around the age of two.
The next one I can remember was a cassette recording of Catherine, Called Birdy, narrated by Kate Maberly. I absolutely loved it. I actually listened to the audio book before I read the printed version. Miss Maberly's voice and accent really brought the character to life. To this day, I can still remember Birdy's amusing references to Shaggy Beard and her frequent exclamations of "God's thumbs!"
The most recent audio book I've listened to was a CD version of Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth. It was recommended to me long before Oprah's endorsement made it hugely popular. I got about halfway through and found it pretty interesting, although Tolle's voice bothered me at times. And then my CD player balked at one of the discs... so I never finished.
My mind tends to wander when I try to listen to books rather than read them. I guess it's a matter of listening being more passive than actually having to hold the book and turn the pages. So I'm not a huge fan... especially since so many audio books tend to be abridged (and what's the point if you're not going to get the complete story?).