There’s more to books than reading, so listen up

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There’s more to books than reading, so listen up

With audiobooks, more books can make their way into your life through limited windows of opportunity

Chris Thurman

I am a member of Johannesburg’s coolest book group (we think it is, anyway). When I joined I was told this was not a book club, as that has all the wrong connotations — but, to be fair, the core elements are the same: firm friendship, enriching discussion, good food, plentiful wine.

At our first postlockdown gathering, one of our gang felt compelled to make an admission that she feared might see her ousted. She had stopped reading books, she said, and she now only listened to them.

She needn’t have worried. While the pros and cons of audiobooks make for an interesting conversation about the phenomenology of reading vs listening, busy bibliophiles cannot afford to turn their noses up at Audible and co. Audiobooks simply mean that more books can make their way into your life through limited windows of opportunity: while driving, while exercising, while washing the dishes.   ..

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