I have a not-so-secret Blogger Confession:
Audiobooks have been in my life since the 70s!
Back story: Audiobooks in one form or another have been in my life since I was a kid in the mid-70s! I was that kid who had a record player and read-a-long records: Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Pete’s Dragon, Mary Poppins, Disney Stories. I used to love reading a-long with the adventures of my favorite characters. I remember getting new records and listening to them till they warped. I had both sizes of players but my favorite was a little 45 that I could carry around like a lunch box. Oh the hours of enjoyment I would get out of these little magical disks of happiness! In fact here are a few that I still have to this day (though sadly none of my 45s *sad face*):
Fast forward to today where my number of audiobooks (physical and mp3) rivals my number paperbacks and you get a clear picture of how much happiness they bring into my life. Yes folks those are two full (and running out of room) shelves of physical audiobooks (not counting the ones my parents have of mine). To be honest, I am working on converting these to MP3 and donating them. However, while I get to it they have a safe place in my book room!
There have been so many narrators throughout the years that have made me laugh, cry, fist-pump, cringe, and whoop it up. Even in the early days when the quality wasn’t like it is today the enjoyment of listening was still there. I remember when we would stumble upon a really good narrator and go looking for books they narrated. I have discovered many “new to me” authors through narrators because I like their reading (performance) style. That is something that I can’t even begin to tell you shaped my reading life. I can’t imagine my life without audiobooks and wouldn’t want too.
So to the narrators that have brought so much listening enjoyment into my life: THANK YOU!
Happy June is Audiobook Month y’all! Now go get your listen on! 🙂
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