My mom would be surprised to know the large part she played in my love of audiobooks.
The first audiobook I can remember listening to was on a road trip with my mom from Florida to Chicago for my senior year of college. I bought The New Yorkers for us mostly because of the cover and because my mom loved New York and dogs. It helped pass the time but I wasn’t yet hooked on the format.
Fast forward a few years. I started working in audiobooks and listening to the titles we published. Then my mom died suddenly. My mom was an avid book reader and she always carried a list of books she wanted to read in case she found herself at a bookstore or the library. When I was home for the funeral I found her long list (and later other shorter lists stashed around the house) and decided I would take it over and read everything she had intended to read. This was no small feat as there were 57 books on there.
I eventually realized if I wanted to get through them in any sort of timely fashion I should tackle some in audio. The first one from the list I listened to was The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield and read by Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner. I loved it. It had an interesting plot, British accents, and dual narrators to differentiate the characters. It was great. After that, I listened more and more and not just to audiobooks Macmillan Audio produced (though lots of those too!) or even just ones on my mom’s list. I listened to The Night Circus, The Paris Wife, Bossypants, Moonwalking with Einstein, and on and on.
I started listening to audiobooks on my walk to work and now I don’t like to leave home without one.