Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Neil Gaiman on audiobooks

When you listen to Gaiman speak in this piece from NPR, you know you wouldn't mind hearing him narrate one of his own books, or any books. We're big fans of audiobooks, mainly because we commute and can imagine no better way to pass time in an automobile. And when it's a good audiobook, we do it while cooking, exercising, everything, to hear what will happen next.

NG: I would read to my children, and began to supplement that with cassette audiobooks. They made car journeys pass faster, more interestingly. And you knew you had a good one when nobody wanted to get out of the car at the end of the journey. I began to buy, or rent, classics and new books and old favorites. A drive from Florida to Minneapolis became Stephen King reading his book Bag of Bones; a journey from Wisconsin to New York was Tom Parker reading an unabridged Huckleberry Finn. I realized I was experiencing the stories differently, word by word. Listening. More...

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