My first audiobook experience was the BBC dramatization of JRR Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings by Brian Sibley.
I was about 14 at the time and had borrowed the set of tapes from a friend.
What impressed me is that my friend recorded each of the 26 episodes directly from the radio onto audio-cassette.
On top of that, he hand-illustrated the tape covers. Now that’s dedication.
Being a big Tolkien fan myself, I had already read the Lord of The Rings a few times before popping the first tape in, so I knew the whole story going in.
However, this didn’t stop me from enjoying it – I found the audiobook just as gripping as the unabridged text version and considering that the audiobook came out 20 years before the movies did, it was very effective at bringing the story to life.
Here’s an interesting fact: Ian Holm plays Frodo Baggins in the audiobook – the very same actor that plays Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s movie adaptations of the trilogy.
I would definitely recommend this audiobook, as long as you don’t expect the technological complexity found in Peter Jackson’s movies.
I got hooked on audiobooks when I was on a road trip. I normally cannot read while the car is moving. Give me a few minutes of a book in a moving car and we will be stopping all the time.
All I wanted was a good book to help with the killing of time. Since that road trip, I have been getting ahold of every audiobook I can. They are great for work as well. I can sit behind my computer in my little cube and jam away to a great book.
It helps the time go by faster! I absolutely love Simply Audiobooks for their great selection of books. I could rent from the library but I have to wait a really long time for the book I want.
With SA I can select the books I want and not have to worry about how long it will be before I get the book I want. Not only that but I like being able to hold onto the book for as long as I need. This way I am saving myself money on late charges.
I have always commuted to work anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hours each way, I got hooked about 3 years ago.
Now it’s all I listen to in my car. I could not agree more when you find a good book with a good narrator it’s special.
I have found Michael Beck to be the best I have heard, with Billy Campbell as a good second, then there is Jim Dale, what more can I say. I am hooked.