Do You Listen to Audiobooks? (If so, A Good and Perfect Gift is now available…)

My first book on tape was Tom Sawyer. My dad and I listened to it on cassette tape one summer when we drove from North Carolina to Connecticut together. It was a treat, and apparently I paid attention because I still remember the story in detail.

Still, audiobooks were never my preferred method of reading. I liked feeling a book in my hand, turning the pages, going at my own pace, imagining the characters’ voices and the rhythm of the words themselves. Even now, I get distracted by sights and sounds when I’m listening to music, to NPR, to a sermon or a podcast.

But I learned recently that lots of people are not like me. According to the New York Times, “Once a small backwater of the publishing industry, in part because of the cumbersome nature of tapes, audiobooks are now flourishing. Sales have been rising by double digits annually in recent years. A recent survey by industry groups showed that audiobook revenue climbed 22 percent in 2012 compared with 2011.”

I’m pleased to announce that A Good and Perfect Gift is a part of this trend. It is now available to download–free if you are a new subscriber to Audible, and at a reduced rate if you purchase it along with downloading it to your Kindle ($10 for the package deal). Please help me spread the word!

Do you listen to audiobooks? Any recommendations?

About Amy Julia Becker

Amy Julia Becker writes and speaks about family, faith, disability, and culture. A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, she is the author of Penelope Ayers: A Memoir, A Good and Perfect Gift (Bethany House), and Why I Am Both Spiritual and Religious (Patheos Press).


  1. Margaret Lamb says:

    You asked about audio books. I share your love for sitting quietly with a printed book, but audio books fill other places in my life. I listen while driving, washing dishes, walking, or crafting. It reminds me of when I was younger and my sister and I used to take turns reading chapters of a book out loud while the other one worked on a craft project.

    A good narrator can add a lot to a book. It’s a different experience than reading with your eyes, but it can be an equally good one. As your father discovered, audio books are also wonderful for car trips. I remember when my kids were small and I had to drive them by myself to a city two hours away at night. I don’t like driving in the dark and I was worried they’d be grumpy and was definitely not looking forward to the trip. I went to the library and rented “James and the Giant Peach” on cassettes and we all still remember that trip. We hung on every word and laughed together and there was no fighting or whining and I forgot my nerves. It was magic!

    Some of my favorite books from Audible:
    The Chronicles of Narnia (all 7 books)
    All Creatures Great and Small (plus sequels)
    A Christmas Carol read by Jim Dale
    The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (plus sequels)
    The Bronze Bow

    One word of advice: if you’re considering a book from Audible be sure to listen to the free preview first. We all react differently to voices and if you don’t like the narrator you won’t enjoy the book.