I hope that one day I will develop a better command of the English language. My ability is fine, but not even close enough to craft a novel or write a poem, not yet. As with many people I hope that one day I might write a novel, a grand fiction in which hero’s do heroic things, lovers fall in love and bad guys do terribly bad things. There shall be monsters and there shall be peril. I will write of courage and integrity, friendship and family and I will publish this masterpiece for all and any to read and enjoy.
Well, that is my plan, but for now I can only dream of having such ability.
I want to write because I love to read. I read a lot!
I love to read stories set in fantasy lands where knights fight for honour, I read stories about vampires who fall in love, I read stories about apocalyptic futures caused by nuclear war, alien invasion or zombie plagues, I read stories about space ships and aliens, and stories about survival in hopeless situations.
Yet I own very few books. This is the digital age and these past few years I have been listening to audiobooks.
Audiobooks are more convenient for me because my eyes are not as good as they once were, they ache after only a few minutes of reading. Listening to books means I can read in situations that a printed book would not allow, such as when I am driving, falling asleep or walking in the street. I can listen through my smart phone, my tablet and computer or even via Amazon’s wonderful Echo device.
Audiobooks have enabled me to read much more in any given time-period than I ever have my whole life past. According to my Audible app stats I have now logged an accumulated reading time of 2 months, 23 days, 2 hours and 44 minutes! That is a huge amount of reading time – more than 2015 hours (if I have done the math correctly?)!
That is a huge amount of time reading, or listening, to books.
I owe it all to one man though. Scott Sigler.
Scott is a all round great guy who writes hard Sci-Fi novels. I originally ‘found’ his work when I first started listening to podcasts on my iPod many years ago while browsing through the iTunes offerings of available podcasts. Scott Sigler though was putting out his stories as podcasts, or as they were otherwise known, podiobooks. These were books read one or a few chapters at a time by the author (in the case of Scott Sigler) or by other narrators and published online, free of charge, as podcasts for people to download and listen to at their leisure. The first podiobook I listened to was Sigler’s Infected; a hard Sci-Fi story of an alien invasion with much bad language, blood, gore, gut wrenching violence and it was all read to me by the author himself which guaranteed that I was reading the story exactly as the author intended. It was a wonderful introduction to the world of spoken word books and I have stuck with it ever since.
Since then I have listened to hundreds of podiobooks for free and purchased hundreds of audiobooks too. I love listening to books!
One day I will write my own novel, it will be amazing and everyone will want to read or listen to it, all because of Scott Sigler and authors like him who have embraced this digital age and made it possible for people to continue enjoying the hobby of reading.