Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Verdict is in?

Faced with a long drive home for the holidays, we purchased two audio books. The first was Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. I had never read this one, and neither had my wife.

The version we bought was read by Frederick Davidson, who did a wide variety of voices, which helped with the continuity. Listening to an interesting story really passes the time, but does it count as reading the book? Anyone care to weigh in on this?

I am torn. I do remember details, but it is difficult, especially when driving, to go back over a passage to ruminate over and savor especially good sentences and phrases. Of course, my main problem with audio books is the impossibility of curling up with an audio book on a cold and rainy or snowy evening with a cup of tea and a cat on the lap.

The second is Tolstoy’s Anna Karennina. I have read this one, so we will see the difference on the ride home.

--Chiron, 12/26/07

1 comment:

Bibliolatrist said...

I have wondered the same thing myself, which is why I stay away from audio books. I've only "read" one -- Naked, by David Sedaris, and I enjoyed it immensely, but to this day I still don't know whether or not I "read" it. I'm going with no -- perhaps I "experienced" it, but I didn't read it.