Back in college when J was 9 hours away from me, the only thing that got me through that 9 hour drive were books on CD. I had done a few trips with just my radio/music CD's, and then before one trip a friend of mine in college who had a 12 hour drive from college to her home in Martha's Vineyard let me borrow her CD copy of The Lovely Bones *. I got to Nashville (where J was in school) and instead of jumping out of my car and running to see my long lost boyfriend, I sat in my car for fifteen extra minutes to hear what was going to happen next. Who cared about my boyfriend. I needed to know more about Suzy Salmon. I've been hooked on audio books ever since.
About 2 years ago, the CD player in my Nissan died. I was devastated, only because it meant no more books while driving. Music CD's are nice, but I could gt music from my radio. It looked like no more books for me.
When I got my new car back in July, the thing I was excited about the most was the return of a CD player. Audio books could be a part of my life again! I can be more a library whore than I already am! And now that I drive 30 minutes to work each day, this meant I'd have a full hour of book time each day.
Currently I'm listening to Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult. I've got very mixed feelings about Picoult's books. They tend to annoy me, but they keep me so engaged while driving. It's like a Lifetime movie. I want to quit them because they're usually cheesy and over the top, but I love it at the same time. Such a viscious cycle.
So here's my question for you...do you listen to books while driving? If so, do you have any great recommendations? Some books are just made to be read aloud. Please share!
* Excellent book, by the way. I'm so excited for the movie this winter!