Today is the second day of We’re Listening: Audiobook Week 2013. Hosted for the fourth year by Jen at Devourer of Books, Audiobook Week runs June 17–21. It’s a fun way to find audiobook reviewers and see what everyone’s listening to. Today’s prompt is about how we choose our audiobooks.
How do you decide what you’ll listen to? Do you mostly listen, or split time between listening and reading? Particularly if you split time, how do you decide what you’ll consume in audio and what in print?
I mentioned yesterday that I tend to listen to mainly mysteries with the occasional romance thrown in. I need things that are light, that don’t take too much though, since I’m usually doing something else while listening and I can’t focus on too much detail or overly complicated plots. Lots of characters can get a little confusing too. For the most part, I choose from what’s available at my library, but lately I’ve received a few for review. They’re just so expensive to buy and I have trouble paying a monthly fee to a lending service.
My ration between listening and reading is about 50/50. As to how I decide what I’ll read in print versus listen to really comes down to how it’s available, although there are some series, like Louise Penny’s Gamache, Leon’s Brunetti and Rendell’s Wexford that I usually listen to. It’s almost like if I start a series on audio, that’s my preference for the rest of the series. I have never read and listened to the same book at the same time, which I guess is an option with the Whispersynch.
I tend to read classics in print rather than listen to them. I think, for me, the language tends to work better in print. For example, I would never listen to Pride and Prejudice, although I enjoy reading it. The one exception I made was for The Phantom of the Opera and that was a mistake. Now vintage mysteries are perfect on audio.
So, do you split your time between audio and print? How do you decide which books to read and which to listen to?