I see audio books & reading actual books as two entirely different experiences, tsar.
And I really enjoy both, for different reasons.
I read the books I read based on favourite authors, or reviews of books which have engaged my interest.
Audio books, on the other hand, are pretty much a hit or miss experience. I rely on my local libraries for them these days. They have become a too expensive a proposition to purchase on CD anymore. Besides, how many listenings is one audio book likely to receive? I don't see much point in accumulating anymore than I already own.
Unfortunately the selection at my local libraries doesn't reflect my reading preferences all that much. A lot of crime & thriller genres, which aren't really my first preference.
However, I've persisted anyway & have had some surprisingly pleasurable audio book experiences, from authors I've not come across before.
Recently I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man
. I suspect I enjoyed it because of the terrific reading of the narrator. And might not have enjoyed reading the book nearly as much.
Most recently I have begun listening to a book that I've never heard of, by an author who I'm not familiar with: Her Fearful Symmetry
, by Audrey Niffenegger. The reader, Bianca Amoto (I just checked) does a wonderful job of of bringing the story to life.
Would I have chosen this, or The Third Man
, as reading material?
But both have been wonderful listening
My audio listening experiences occur at last point of my day. When I hop into bed & turn off the lights. It's a pretty good way to end each day.