My love of audio-books goes way back to the time when it was assumed that they only appealed to people who had problems with their sight and has grown stronger and stronger by the year.
In fact, I consider myself to be quite an expert on them because I’ve been listening to them for over thirty years now! There are a few points that I’d make as an auido-book addict.
1. The voice of the reader is hugely important; a great reader can enhance almost any book.
2. Listening to a book being read engages one with the whole story and not just the plot. I’m often surprised when I hear a book that I’ve read how much I must have skipped over what is wonderful descriptive writing.
3. Audio-books have lured me into a all sorts of different genres from my usual reading material. For example, I’ve never particularly enjoyed reading thrillers but they I’ve found them to be very engaging listening material.
Now to my list of favourites:
1. Maeve Binchy’s books read by Kate Binchy
2. Dick Francis’ books read by either Tony Britton or Martin Jarvis
3. The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley read by Anna Massey
4. Rosamund Pilcher’s Books read by Lynn Redgrave
5. The Gathering by Anne Enright read by Fiona Shaw
Are you an audio-book person and, if so, what are your recommendations?