The Year Of The Audiobook

'Reading is to be done with the eyes.'

That's what I always used to say.

I like getting new books, finishing them and adding them to my shelf -- to my library. I get a visual representation of how well-read I am. The more I read, the bigger my library. Building it up is one of my favourite things to do. 'Look at my massive collection,' I tell people.

However this year, I got a free trial from Audible, and I downloaded Arnold Schwarzenegger's book, Total Recall. All in all, the audiobook is roughly 23 hours long. Nearly a whole day's worth of Arnie. I finished it in a week. I listened on my daily walks, whilst I showered, and whilst I cooked. It was brilliant. It was like being sat in a room with the Governator himself.

As well as being one of the most inspirational books I've ever read (heard), it woke me up to the possibilities of the audiobook. Reading isn't just for the eyes, it's for the ears too, and who knows what else in the future. I'm looking forward to books you can taste.