Every now and then a person has to hold their hands up and say, 'I was WRONG, okay?'
Back in 2010 I took part in a discussion on the brilliant books website Vulpe Libres on audiobooks.
Author Rosy Thornton talked about how much she loved a good talking book, and I put forward the counter argument, about how audiobooks just didn't work for me. And they didn't.
The thing is, I've changed my mind. I susbscribed to Audible.com anyway, because my youngest son liked to stave off car sickness by listening to books on long car journeys. About eight months ago, found I'd built up some credits that I needed to use up.
Grudgingly, I downloaded a book: The Secrets Between Us by Louise Douglas.
And you know what? I decided I liked the experience after all. It's a great book for a start, but listening to it also turned out to be the perfect thing to make household chores a bit more bearable.
Since then I've listened to many good audiobooks and am now just as addicted as Rosy.
Here are the pick of the books I've enjoyed most over these months (I won't mention the duds...that's a whole new post)
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Please Don't Stop the Music by Jane Lovering
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
My Dear I Wanted to Tell You by Louisa Young
The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
So if you've never been tempted by audiobooks, it's worth giving it a go.
But be warned...you may start making excuses to hide from the family to listen to a little more (as with The Casual Vacancy, read by the wonderful Tom Hollander) or, as genuinely happened today, fighting tears in a queue in Sainsburys (listening to the end of Private Peaceful).