How to Hit the Highway With Your Head in a Book
by Jim Menick
June is Audiobook Month. If you aren’t already, now’s a good time to become a fan. My dedication to them began once I started driving to work. News radio is fine, I found, but a little goes a long way. Music is lovely, but gets mighty tinny without Carnegie Hall acoustics. Audiobooks, however! I have become a devoted listener. But they’re so distracting!, protest a good number of people who’ve never actually listened to books while driving. Absorbing, I insist, not distracting. Given that half the drivers I glance at during my morning commute are on their phones, applying makeup or reading iPads (seriously!), audiobooks are the least of it.
This morning I listened to a section of Douglas Adams’s The Restaurant at the End of the Universe read by actor Martin Freeman (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe, and PBS’s new Sherlock). As I drove my car up the parkway, my mind was on Frogstar World B. Just the right combination. Most public libraries have a nice selection to kick off your adventure. So fire up the audio, and go!