I loved working from home, so the thought of fighting traffic every day for 45 minutes each way was definitely a strike against the new job I started in March.
Anyone who knows me knows I don’t have much time for music on the radio … I’d much rather listen to my playlists, or talk radio, or in recent years podcasts. Podcasts kept me busy those first few weeks, and the traffic was painful but at least they kept my mind off it (not enough to distract me from driving, of course :))
But then, on the recommendation of one said podcast, I signed up for a trial with audible.com, and downloaded the first book of “The Wheel of Time” by Robert Jordan, “The Eye of the World”. It’s high fantasy in the Tolkien tradition, which I’ve loved at certain points in my life, but not in recent years.
It totally hooked me.
It’s more than someone just reading a book, it’s a performance. I’m almost done the first book, 30 hours (!) later. It’s really numbed the pain of the terrible traffic this week. I also listen to it when walking Humph, when running, when cleaning the house, and sometimes instead of reading before bed. I’m addicted.
I don’t know if the passion for audiobooks will last past Michael Kramer reading the works of Robert Jordan, but I do know this: I have 11 more books at 30 hrs each to go before I have to find out! If I listen 2 hrs a day, that will take me the next 6 months!
I know, say it: NERD. I’m OK with that.