Since I have returned to work, my reading time has drastically decreased. Unfortunately, I believe that my stress level happens to be inversely proportionate to my reading time . . . in other words, the less I read, the more stressed I get!! Reading has always been my way of escaping, re-grouping, and relaxing. So, when my reading time decreased, I realized that I had to do something! The answer . . . audio!!! I am in the car approximately one hour a day (more in heavy traffic!). I thought . . . "Why not listen to some books during this wasted time?"
I have listened to audio books before on long trips. It was always an enjoyable ride when I did so. This time around, I have loved it! It's a perfect alternative to me . . . especially when I cannot stand listening to the radio station talk shows! I don't necessarily care about celebrity chat and random conversations. I simply feel that my time can be better spent and my mind can be stimulated in a much more interesting way. And, it has been!!
I have completed a few different audio books since I have made this change in my life. The majority have been true readings. My latest listen, on the other hand, was a dramatic reading. What do I mean by a dramatic reading? Well, imagine this . . . in a true reading, you may hear something like this . . . "The phone rang." In a dramatic reading, you will actually hear a phone ring! It was a bit odd for me. I'm still not sure what I think about this alternative. It just seems to me that I am listening to a television in my car! And, I'm not really sure how I feel about that. I think that I may prefer the readings in the truest sense! As a dramatic reading, I worry that I am missing something. I don't necessarily get the descriptions of the surroundings and this is something I enjoy picturing in my own mind. I had a hard time picturing anything when I didn't have the descriptions, including the characters themselves. Maybe it was the particular story I was listening to . . .
Whatever the story or reading may be, I am thankful for this rediscovery. My decreased time in reading has thankfully been counter-balanced with a little listening instead. And, as a result, I've once again seen a decrease in my stress. I can relax and enjoy my current story . . . even among the bumper-to-bumper traffic!
Do you audio? If so, which do you prefer . . . readings in the truest sense or those that are dramatized?