This is not the hilarious game that is sometimes played on Hunger Games Fireside Chat. Sorry to dash your hopes so early in a post!
I’ve always been a reader. A non-multi-tasking, hiding away to get free time, “WILL YOU SHUT UP?! I AM TRYING TO FINISH THIS CHAPTER!” reader. The words must be seen by my very own eyeballs and burned into my brain, where they will remain for many a year… even Modelland (which I read as a dare because of similarities to the Hunger Games reaping scene in a preview and nearly gouged my eyes out in the process, ICYMI!)
But just last week, we teamed up with Audible.com, which specializes in audio books, because any way to get someone discussing books is a good way (…Also, websites don’t pay for themselves. We really wish they did!) Anyway, it boils down to this: Leave it to me to be the only one staring at the advertising on my own site!
Not to brag, but my inner voice that comes out when I’m reading a good book is fucking awesome. It hits all the right emotional undertones and gets the action pumping and makes those cliffhangers so damn cliffy that I just want to consume book after book after book! Maybe loving it so much makes me a narcissist, but hey, I’m reading other people’s words!
But then this offer… It says free audio book! The Hunger Games looks so pretty on it! And the wondering begins: What’s someone else’s take on the novels? Do they hit all the right emotional undertones? Could they even possibly sound *gasp* better than the voice in my head? The temptation is there. Maybe I should try it. But maybe that would betray my reader voice. Maybe it will be more convenient. Maybe it won’t be as fun. Maybe, maybe, maybe.
There are people out there who swear by audiobooks (usually while they mutli-task), many of whom I know have listened to The Hunger Games books as narrated by Carolyn McCormick. Just like I have trouble reconciling the idea of listening to the series, they can’t imagine actually reading it.
So what’s your take? Does it matter how you take in a good book, as long as you’re taking it in? What’s your preference on how to get your story on?
Dilemma Solving Time, People!
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