Quotes about Audio Books

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,” written by Rich Dahm [S8, E12, 2017]

“We will speak for the books.”
“Like the Lorax?”…
“Exactly.”
“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?”
“Audiobooks speak for themselves.” She grins. “Get it?”
~Paul Acampora, I Kill the Mockingbird, 2014

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

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