Welcome to my page of quotations about audio books. Personally, I can’t stand the things. I understand their value to people with impairments, but other than that I just don’t get it. You can’t skim or skip, or go at your own pace, or stop and savor, or
I just don’t get how you can listen to a book. There’s no fonts to look at, there’s no papers to touch — they’ve removed two of the senses. And the truth is, sometimes I lick them, so that’s three. ~Brick Heck, The Middle, “Pitch Imperfect,” 2017, written by Rich Dahm
“We will speak for the books.”
“Like the Lorax?”…
“The Lorax speaks for the trees,” I remind her.
“Books are made out of paper. Paper is made out of trees.”
“What about e-books?”
“We can speak for them, too.”
“Audiobooks speak for themselves.” She grins. “Get it?”
~Paul Acampora, I Kill the Mockingbird, 2014
Homer: I downloaded an app! It’s for those audio books!
Sluggo: You’re going to teach your ears to read?!
~Guy Gilchrist, Nancy, 2013
Audio books are a go-anywhere medium — easily slotted into the crannies of our busy lives — that can transform the dullest of life’s lulls, such as traffic jams or washing the dishes, into time well spent. ~Susanne Baillie, in Quill & Quire, 1998
My Kindle reads to me Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s like having an obscene phone call from Professor Stephen Hawking. ~Jerry Dennis, unverified
Once derided as the lazy man’s way to read, recorded books would gradually become associated with hardworking professionals who had little time to read the old-fashioned way. Yet the question will not go away: Are these people actually reading?… Questions persist about a form of reading that can be done behind a steering wheel. ~Matthew Rubery, The Untold Story of the Talking Book, 2016
The audiobook edition I bought… was produced in 1987 and the distributor’s catalog did not specify that it still comes on cassette tapes. Cassette tapes!… so I bought a black Sony Walkman for seven dollars on eBay… ~Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, 2012
I’ve never listened to an audiobook before, and I have to say it’s a totally different experience. When you read a book, the story definitely happens inside your head. When you listen, it seems to happen in a little cloud all around it, like a fuzzy knit cap pulled down over your eyes… ~Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, 2012
The companionship of a voice telling stories is very special. Listening Books distributes pure, undiluted pleasure and friendship. Not many organizations can make such a claim… I’m proud and delighted to be patron of the first audiobook charity to offer downloads to its members and excited about what this will mean for all print-impaired people who can now listen on-the-go. ~Stephen Fry, www.listening-books.org.uk
Good fiction in audiobook form will really grip you, but bad fiction will talk you to sleep. ~Jef Mallett, Frazz, 2019
Audio Book Quotations
Original post date: 2017 Jan 17
1st major revision: 2020 Jan 27
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