I love books. But sadly, I had a very limited book reading in the past several years. After 8 hours work, cooking, cleaning and internet browsing, I just don’t have much time left for reading books. Luckily, the audiobook apps have prompted my book reading.
My favorite books are classic novels and mystery fictions. I have used different audiobook apps to help me.
There are two apps associated with public libraries in USA: Libby and Hoopla. If you have a library card, you can download the audiobooks & ebooks from them for free. Libby by Overdrive, is an ebook/audiobook reader app. Hoopla, on the other hand, is a library media streaming platform, not limited for audiobooks and ebooks, also offering for comics, music, movies & TV Shows.
I guess now audiobooks have become very popular. We can listen to a book during exercise, driving or doing housework. However, since local libraries only buy limited copies of audiobooks from their budget, while the authors, narrators, and other creators should be ensured to be paid fairly for their work, the popular audiobooks usually have a long waiting line.
I found that YouTube is good resource for classic audiobooks, although sometimes only partial of the books are available. For example, when Mikki Crecelius narrated Ernest Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms”, he used a Italian accent for Italian people, which made the book more vivid. As an advantage of YouTube, there is no waiting line.
My mystery book experiences is another story. Normally details are critical in mystery books and some authors also provided illustrations in the books. For example, the map of the house in Agatha Christina’s books often gave important hints for the cases, the pictures in Becky Cooper’s “We keep the dead close” service the purpose as well. I often quickly read the mystery book even after I listened to it, because I don’t want to miss something to affect my analysis and conclusion.
Do I miss the feeling of reading the hard copy of book? Yes, absolutely! But now I read more and faster, and enjoy the great work from the narrators as well. Thanks for the technology we have today!