I am an audiobook junkie. I have been listening to audiobooks since I was a teen when my mom started buying me self-help books on tape. What was available and the devices one could use to listen to a book, lecture, etc. were incredibly limited to what's available today.
Now you can find all sorts of things available to download and you're not limited to listening to them in a car or next to a bulky cassette player.
It has made these cross-country trips much more bearable. Recently, I've been listening to a lot of nonfiction. In fact, the other day I decided I needed a bit more fiction in my library and went on-line to go shopping.
After seeing title after title, that I didn't recognize and not in the mood to listen to a classic, I ended up drifting back to the non-fiction listings and ended up with The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America by Langdon Cook.
I downloaded this a few days before our trip and have been listening to it primarily before drifting to sleep at night. It's been incredibly fascinating.
I'm only a third done with it.
In fact I was just listening to it this morning. It makes me really want to learn to forage mushrooms.
Skye and I have listened to a lot of audiobooks together during the course of our car-schooling adventures.
I decided to preview Winston Churchill's take on the War he was so much a part, of before introducing it to Skye.
So far so good.
I meant for us to listen to it before we went to the World War 2 museum in New Orleans, but that didn't happen.
And then I meant to listen to it on this latest trip across the country. That didn't happen yet either, and probably won't, because....
I've been a big fan of Lance Armstrong for years and still am, in spite of the cheating, but I'm not going to get into that right now. I started watching the Tour de France because of him and still continue to years after he retired.
I haven't read or listened to any of his books. But I decided to go ahead and download the recently released book, Wheelmen, Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever.
It has been very interesting. It's primarily about Armstrong, but while it goes into the "making of Lance", many other players in the bicycle community are discussed. It is a fascinating insight into the world of professional cycling, and sports in general as well as marketing, branding and the way things "work".
We're only around half-way through after starting it yesterday.
It's kind of fitting to be listening to it as we drove through Texas, the state Lance is from.
We've made the pilgrimage to his bike store in Austin both before and after the admission on Oprah.
But again that's a different story.
I listened to this for a while when Skye was napping. I wanted to continue with Wheelmen, but she would have been upset.
I figured that how the consumption of various beverages changed civilization was of more interest to me anyway.
That being said, I've only just started listening to this one and I love it. And it's not just about alcohol or tongue in cheek.
The author classifies times of history by various beverages. So instead of the Iron Age or Stone Age, he presents the Wine Age or The Time of Tea.
Currently in Ancient Egypt with beer.
One of the big differences I've found with fiction and non-fiction is that I once I start a piece of fiction, I keep up with it until I'm finished or decide to stop because I'm not enjoying it. I rarely read more than one fictional book at a time.
However I am often reading several works of nonfiction at any given time.
Also I might be interested in a nonfiction book but can only take it so much at a time, which is certainly the case of The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms by Amy Stewart.
I don't know whether its the reader or the author or the subject matter, but I can only listen to a chapter or so before I have to put it down, which makes it a good one to listen to at night.
Lots of great information in this one. I'll probably end up buying the actual book so that I can go back and reference things.
I downloaded several books not knowing which I'd like or which ones Skye and I would listen to together. The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice was what I thought we'd be listening to on this trip, but Lance's story has usurped it.
I started listening to it and so far so good, but I literally have not even finished the first chapter.