I always have an audiobook on my iPod (I used to be high tech.  Now I’m old school).  I listen to them when I drive.  But sometimes one will grab me and won’t let me stop listening to it when I pull into the garage.

Side effects of binge listening include:

  • Ear buds permanently attached to your ears
  • Only feeling soothed by the sound of the narrator’s voice
  • The feeling of emerging from underwater when forcibly removed from your earbuds
  • Needing to reintroduce yourself to the real world when the story is off

The Others by Anne Bishop

These are the worst for absolutely sucking you in so you lose giant blocks of time! Vision in Silver is over 16 hours long on audio and I finished in under a week. That’s basically a part time job.

They also ruin me for other audiobooks because I love this world of shape shifters and the humans who should fear them a lot more than they do. Anything I try to listen to next is going to suffer badly.

Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs

I love the Mercy Thompson series but I was able to keep myself under control and keep it in the car until I got to this spin-off series.  There are only four so far so I’ve been rationing myself but I’m up to date now unfortunately.

The Spiritwalker Series by Kate Elliot

Cold Magic was the first book that I let myself binge listen to.  I wanted to know what happened.  I’ve not let myself listen to the next book yet since I know how I get.

On the other end of the spectrum are the books I force myself not to binge on

The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

I’ve never let myself binge on Dresden but I could.  I listen to the Dresden Files on audio because I know that it is going to be at least a year until the next book in the series and if I read it I will stay up all night to finish it.  With audio I stretch my enjoyment of the story out.  Besides, James Marsters narrates.
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Armada by Ernest Cline

It is generally accepted that one of the best audiobooks of all time is Ready Player One.  The sequel is coming out this summer.  I squealed when I heard.  I don’t even know what it is about but I don’t care.


How Do You Do Audio? Binge or Slow It Down?