I tried my first audio book about 15 years ago. I had come into possession of a cassette tape of Katharine Graham's Personal History. I was interested in hearing what she had to say so I decided to give the audio version a try. Unfortunately I tried listening to it while in bed. Listening to tapes at bedtime did not go well. Katharine Graham's voice was better than any sort of sleep aid I could have picked up at the CVS, so I never quite got through the whole book in a conscious state.
Three years ago I decided to give the audio book another try. Thanks to an Audible promotion and a six-hour drive home from the beach I found myself laughing from North Carolina to Virginia as I listened to Tina Fey share her memoir Bossypants. If you haven't listened to it I highly recommend giving it a go.
I have found that it's difficult for me to follow the plot of a story when it is presented on tape. My mind tends to wander so I prefer memoir pieces, like Tina Fey's, that are broken up into small chunks. I've even found that my 10 minute drive to work offers more than enough time for a story or two.
The book this month is David Sedaris' Me Talk Pretty One Day. The truth is that many a friend has hounded me to read this collection of essays, observations and slices, but I could never get into it at all. Hearing David read David is a whole new thing. I laugh at the insanity of his experiences and smile at his keen perception of others. Getting out the door to work each day is a little easier knowing that David is in the car waiting to tell me a story.