Audiobooks are the best. Seriously. For the record: I think listening, while different from reading off the page, is just as legitimate.
I can read so many more books a year thanks to audiobooks, and I’m extra blessed that my local library has an amazing (and growing) selection of YA titles. My favorites from listening this year are Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, and Madapple by Christina Ledlum. These are beautifully narrated. There are a handful of nice audiobook review blogs. One I like is Melissa Brisbin’s.
I have secret fantasies of being a narrator for audiobooks, although no one has ever told me that I have a great voice or that I should be on radio. In fact, my third-grade music teacher discreetly asked me to “just mouth the words” before our Christmas program, and my husband is decidedly not thrilled when I offer to read for hours at a time on car trips.
So if What Can’t Wait ever gets picked up for audiobook production, I probably shouldn’t be the one to read it. But I am enjoying reading to my son Liam–at least until he gets old enough to tell me not to.