Last night I spent several hours loading all of my favorite music CDs on the 60-gig iPod my hunk o' burnin' love gave me for Christmas. I was able to fill only a tiny fraction of that massive storage space, so I cruised over to Audible.com thinking I'd download a few books. A couple of minutes later, I had to peel my eyebrows off the ceiling.
Friends, "expensive" is not even the word. The prices on recorded books are absolutely hilarious. Most seem to go for 3-4 times their cover prices. I gasped when I spotted a Dee Henderson title for forty bucks. For the cost of one audio romance novel you could buy three softcover books--and you might even have enough money left to get yourself a Godiva chocolate bar.
Foolish consumer that I am, I downloaded three audio books just to see what all the fuss is about. I'm guessing that after listening to these books once, I'll delete them from my iPod, so where's the value to those of us who are not sight-impaired? What am I missing? Would anyone like to speak up on behalf of audio books? (If I'm not here, please leave a message. I'm heading over to iTunes right now to buy some more music.)