Conversation of the Week: Audio Books and Celebrity Readers
The first question I should probably ask is: how many of us are actually listening to audio books? Personally, I remember listening to a very bad rendition of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas back in high school, and it turned me off them to this day.
Recently though, sources (meaning my Uncle Bob) have informed me that a wide group of celebrity readers are now common, and the readings are actually quite enjoyable. I’m basically a book guy, I don’t even own an e-reader yet, but I wouldn’t mind hearing Sean Penn reading Bob Dylan’s Chronicles: Volume 1 and Paul Newman reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
I’m told Jim Dale does a fantastic job with the Harry Potter Collection, but I’m not really a fan so I probably won’t listen to those either.
However, with a growing list of celebrities including the late Johnny Cash, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Oprah Winfrey, Uma Thurman, Sean Penn, Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, and Samuel L. Jackson all adding their unique styles to a variety of books and short stories, I believe I might have to give the audio book another shot.
So, the Conversation of the Week – Audio Books yes or no? And who do you think is the best/coolest celebrity reader?