I have been listening to recorded versions of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian (abridged) and All the Pretty Horses (unabridged, read by Frank Muller). Enjoyed both immensely – McCarthy evokes vivid images and his writing is intensely poetical. I enjoyed reading both these books but hearing them read adds an extra dimension. They become a poetic yarn as well as attractive literature. I regret not getting the unabridged version of Blood Meridian which can be obtained from Audiobooks. These listenings are about my fourth successful attempt at recorded books – I have enjoyed William S. Burroughs, James Joyce (Ulysses, Dubliners but Finnegans Wake remained incomprehensible to me).
Audiobooks is an interesting business, allied to Amazon.com, with over 100,000 recorded books available. If I cannot borrow further titles from local or university libraries I’ll subscribe to AudioBooks. It offers a spoken novel per month for $14-95. The works are available to you permanently and are accessible from the Cloud.