Wait For The Audiobook

You know how some people review movies by saying, “Enh, rent it on video, not worth going to the theater.” I just discovered the inverse.

Because of the way movies are released, first to theaters, then to DVD, you’d almost never hear someone review a DVD and say, “Wow, it’s great, you should watch it at the theater” because it’s not at the theater anymore. Doh. You just missed the boat.

I recently finished reading (not listening to) “The Long Tail” by Chris Anderson.

The book is getting a lot of press (good and bad). I was quite excited to get a pre-release version of the print book at the recent book expo in Washington DC, and at the time, there was no audiobook available (or imminent I thought).

Now as I’m in the final throes of enjoying the print version immensely, our CEO sticks his head in my office and says, “Hey, this Long Tail audiobook is great, you should listen to it!”

Much like Ted Danson’s character says in “Cheers” when he realizes there was a War and Peace movie, so his reading of the book was unnecessary, my reaction was “THERE’S AN AUDIOBOOK?” Aagh.

I can listen to an audiobook in 1/3rd the time it takes me to read the paper version. And I enjoy it more.

I can’t believe I was so impatient to read the darn thing that I didn’t wait for the (superior) version on audiobook.

So if you’re thinking about reading the Long Tail, take my advice.

Wait for the audiobook.

2 thoughts on “Wait For The Audiobook”

  1. Funny you should write this because I’ve been recommending to most people to read, not listen to, The Long Tail because of how important the charts are in the books to the nature of Anderson’s argument. I usually recommend that everyone listen to books rather than read them but here it’s been just the opposite.

  2. Good point Jimmy. I guess I got the benefit of the graphs so I wasn’t really thinking about them. I suspect though that I wouldn’t have missed them if I listened to the book instead. I’ll never know, now.

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