Derider, Declawed, and Converted
August 31, 2010
It does not seem all that long ago that some people viewed audiobooks with derision, unless, of course, they were motivational, inspirational, or “How To” audios like "How to Make a Ton of Money in 30 Days or Less". Sad to say, I was one of those unenlightened, narrow-minded readers who believed fiction should ALWAYS be read, NOT listened to. Who knew what a wide range of scenarios these books would fit in? From long travel times, to mind-numbing data transcribing and assembly or line work, to freeing oneself from monotonous ads and repetitive music on commercial radios, audiobooks provide a much appreciated niche.
Partially due to aging eyesight, the need for large print, and the shortage thereof in my favorite sci-fi, I finally succumbed with gratitude to the auditory delights of fiction on CD. So to Ben Bova, McCaffrey, Asimov, Herbert, and others who have been sorely missed, welcome back to my world.