Posted on August 12, 2018 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author Kristen Tsetsi’s first experience with an audiobook was underwhelming: It put her to sleep during a hot car trip as a teenager.

So it was with much surprise that, decades later, she found herself hooked on them.

Like many of us, Tsetsi appreciated their ability to enliven long, routine trips.

But while she’d gotten over her youthful boredom with them, she hadn’t quite overcome the sense that she was “cheating.”

Tsetsi kept insisting to herself (and her audiophile husband) that she hadn’t literally read the book — and science even shows that the absorption process is different for audio versus visual.

After time, though, she began to realize this was an unnecessarily harsh and binary judgment.

Read about her journey to casting off her guilt in an essay on Jane Friedman’s blog.

Tagged As: Audiobook, Jane Friedman

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