Simply Audiobooks offers lots of choices for book lovers: http://www.simplyaudiobooks.com/?link_num=1&
They have a huge selection of audio books to buy or rent. Some are available for download, while another program involves receiving audio books through the mail. I haven’t joined the site, and am not endorsing it as I don’t know much about it. It seems like something others might be interested in, though, so I’m giving it a shoutout.
This site also offers a free download each month and July’s is Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs, which was one of my favorite books when I was a child. It took about ten minutes for me to download it to my computer and I didn’t have a problem with it. It works fine in Windows Media Player. They allow the books to be burned to a cd or mp3, and I may try that so I can listen to it while driving or exercising.
The male narrator’s voice is pleasant and his intonation keeps me from being bored. That said, I find myself daydreaming as I try to listen to the story. While that never interferes when I’m reading an actual book, it makes it hard for me to keep up with this guy. I mentally stop to visualize something or contemplate the meaning of an unusual word and he just keeps on going. Next thing I know, I’ve missed something.
I haven’t listened to fiction before, so maybe I’ll enjoy it once I get used to hearing the words instead of seeing them. If the August freebie is a good one, I’ll at least try this one more time.
Do you listen to audio books? What factors determine whether or not a book sounds good to you—the pace, the narrator’s tone of voice, or something else?
Edit 10-9-09: The free audio book for October 2009 is Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Edit 11-3-09: The free audio book for November 2009 is All About Jeeves, by P. G. Wodehouse.