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Audio Books – love them or loathe them?

I have to admit that I am very tempted by the current Amazon offer to get Audible at a reduced price. Prime members get a 90 day free trial or you can get 50% off for the first 4 months. But I am really conflicted. My only real experience of audio books was crackly four cassette sets that my nan borrowed from the library when I was a kid. Dodgy Mills & Boon style romances read by breathy actresses who hadn’t quite made it on the stage!

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So, is the modern audiobook any better? What if I don’t like the voice of the narrator? Will the way that it is read influence what I feel about the book…? And the choice… so much choice. I only get to pick one a month. What if I really don’t like it?

The convenience appeals to me – I can read even when I’m driving. It might be a way of assimilating stories that I’ve previously struggled to read. Perhaps if it’s more like a radio play I’ll be more inclined to persevere?

Or I could stick to my kindle and consume literature in a modern old fashioned way… decisions, decisions.

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Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. Sharing my house with a gorgeous cockapoo called Harry who has taken over completely.
I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.


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