I've never enjoyed listening to books on tape, or cd's; and if I had my druthers, I never would subject myself to it. In the last 24 hours though, I have been forced to hear two different audio books from very different genres.
JR has been listening to Harry Potter books for a while now. He's read them all, he just really enjoys listening to books on tape as well. Right now he's listening to Half-blood Prince. I wouldn't say the guy reading it has the greatest voice; but, he does a good job of trying to change the voices and inserts inflection as needed throughout the reading. JR usually listens in his room; but, today he had it on out in the kitchen, so I heard a bit of it.
The second book is one that our marriage group has been listening to, and we had a get together last night. It's called Love and Respect, and the guy reading it is the author. I understand that the content is different, and that it's not meant to sweep you up into a wonderful fictional tale; but, I wish the guy would try and spice it up a little bit. He drones on in a flat, monotone voice through the entire reading. We had a chili dinner right before listening; so having a full stomach, and listening to this guy's voice just about knocked me out cold within minutes.
I just can't concentrate on a story if someone else is reading it. To really grasp the content, or be immersed into the tale, I just have to read it myself and let my own mind and imagination absorb what's being presented on the pages. I've said it before---of all the talents out there, it's the novelist that I appreciate the most---and when I read something that another individual has dreamed up in their own mind, I want my mind focused on that and no other outside distractions, like whether or not the guy reading it sounds like Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.