Then, I grew up and became a teacher and a mom and started to try to have a writing life and I realized that 24 hours a day were not enough hours to do all this and keep up the reading life I was accustomed to. I'm a devourer of books, given my preference. I gobble them like Halloween sweets and, as soon as I put one down, I'm ready to begin the next one.
When I don't get to read enough, I get cranky. It's like stories are part of the fuel I need to make it through my days, and being short-changed was leaving me hungry. And I was going hungry a lot.
And my life is full of stories again. I can listen while I drive. I can listen while I cook and do dishes and do laundry. Unlike other kinds of multi-tasking which really mean that I just have divided focus on don't do either thing well, this kind means that menial, repetitive and uninteresting tasks that are necessary to life can also be story time!
I know audiobooks aren't for everyone. Some people tell me that their attention wanders and they lose the thread. Some books And the quality of the narration does make a difference and can color your perception of a story, for the better or the worse (like Mark Hamill's reading of The Spiderwick Chronicles: amazeballs!). But for me, it's been heaven on earth, giving me back extended time in the imaginary worlds of authors. I so love being a 21st century girl!