What a beautiful thing it is to be able to listen to a book, all the while running around like a chicken with your head cut off trying to accomplish the day’s tasks. I’ll have to admit I wasn’t a big fan of audio books until about a year ago… or less. I even subscribed to Scribd and Audible multiple times, only to cancel because I didn’t use them enough to validate the monthly cost. Every time I tried to listen to a book, I’d pick apart the voice (shallow, I know) until a particular thing would eat at me and eat at me, then pretty soon that’s all I heard. A slur of the ‘s’, a click of spit on the tongue, a swallow every few sentences. That’s right guys, I’d hear these things and then get caught up in them so terribly that I had no clue what was going on with the story! OR, it’d all float away to the background noise of my brain and after an hour or so into a book, the entire plot would be lost to the abyss of my mind. Half the time I couldn’t even tell you the characters’ names. Kind of like radio commercials, my subconscious tunes them out.
That was then; this is now.
I really couldn’t tell you if I’ve matured into being a decent listener, or if my chaotic life has somehow re-routed my mind into the ability to finetune my attention. Nonetheless, here I am, listening to a book or two a month. I still read at nights, of course, but it’s really nice to nail my reading goals while I’m homeschooling my kids and playing at wife of the year (okay, okay, I give myself a wifey/homemaker C+… maybe B- but that’s a stretch lol).
Anyhow, now that you know all of my intimate ins and outs with audio books, you can appreciate my predicament when it comes to my own books being recorded! They’ve been in the works for a couple of years, one audio book with my name stamped on the tile after another. Until recently, I’ve refused to listen to them. *face palm*
I didn’t want to hear that slur of the ‘s’ or that spitty click of the tongue. Just the possibility of a mindless, and ever distracting quirk on my own books gave me massive anxiety! I even had a couple of my readers reach out with samples before the book was finished, and with pronunciation questions. I appreciated this more than they’ll ever know. Still, I wouldn’t read/listen to the books. I couldn’t bring myself to do it.
I’m proud to announce that I’ve finally grown a pair, and gave my books a listen!!! I’m so excited, I really love them SOOOOO much!!! There is one (I won’t say which, because I’d never in my entire life bash a narrator in particular. The same goes for never bashing a writer.) that I kinda sorta struggled with… only a tinsy tiny bit (yes it’s the spit thing). But seriously, I can’t tell you enough how much I love my Audible books!! I can’t wait until every single one is narrated!