Listening to Crank via audiobook has let me enjoy an amazingly hardcore story of drugs and addiction. I am pretty sure if I had picked up the novel I would not have completed the book, even with the high praise my fellow bloggers have spouted. It's just one of those things.
Another great thing about audiobooks is that I do have a very long drive to my parents house (six hours) and listening to someone reading a book versus music is actually relaxing for me and I feel like I am accomplishing so much while stuck on a long drive.
I also have had great success with listening to books that have great readers. I love a great storyteller - someone who can keep my attention, help my imagine the characters in a way that just reading a book might not. There is a great ongoing discussion of great audiobook readers here. I have yet to listen to the Harry Potter audiobooks, but I see there are two readers available - Stephen Fry and Jim Dale... decisions, decisions.
Oh and another thing - between purchasing audiobooks via bookstore or audible.com, borrowing from the library via CD or using the program called Overdrive to load them on my mp3 player directly from the internet, I have amazing resources at my fingertips to help me continue to read even when I can have a book in my hand.
What do you think about audiobooks? Do you like them? Would you try them?
Do you have any suggestions of audiobooks I should check out?