Do you want to hear a story? Well, take a seat, make yourselves comfortable and let old Mihai tell you a tale of magic, science and love!
Things like magic!
Books! Remember them? The things found in libraries that are made out of paper and cardboard? Well, they were sources of knowledge. Many books were made throughout human history and many of them changed the course of history itself. Some books contained stories or legends, whether for entertainment purposes or lore. Either way, for the longest time people turned to these books for one reason or another. Genres such as Fantasy, Mystery and Romance flourished and became a part of our culture.
I remember when I started “The Spook’s Apprentice”. I was bored by the long descriptions and the family’s behavior towards the main protagonist. My mind was begging for the action to begin. It was at the moment when they reached the Spook’s house when I realized that I lost contact with my surroundings. I really didn’t realize what happened, I just found myself completely absorbed in the story. There were so many locations my imagination created thanks to that book, and I will be forever grateful.
Reading a story can be a magical experience. You could spend hours with a good book and a lifetime with a fantastic story.
Progress of science!
Movies, theaters, games, all of them can offer a story just as well as any book, but in less time. You don’t need 10 minutes worth of reading to know the location in which the action takes place, a movie set can do that in 2 seconds.
We are living in a fast and efficient world where, unfortunately, “time is money”. Reading a book is an enriching experience but demands a lot of your time, and if you are a parent or work from 8 AM to 9 PM there is very little time left to rest.
Thankfully, people thought of a shortcut for this problem. Audiobooks!
Hearing someone reading the story can immensely benefit us. We experience what the book has to offer and have enough time to get back to our work. Or, if you have distributive attention, you can hear the story and work at the same time. Brilliant!
But would this make having physical books useless? Quite the contrary.
Attachment and love!
Storytelling has existed ever since the very beginning of our civilization. Around a fire or in our living rooms, we all love to hear our favorite stories or try to find new ones. Why is that? Why are we so attached to some stories? Why do we love them so much? Well, it is because they remind us of what we are and what we want to be. Heroes of our own lives.
All we do throughout our existence is to tell stories and make new ones. Each new chapter can be wonderful, scary or filled with joy. We unconsciously take inspiration from our heroes, our fictional characters, and create our path with what we learned from them.
Audiobooks are a shortcut, but they don’t dilute the message. At the end of the day, it is the story that matters. In a way, it is like sitting at a campfire anywhere you want… or a netfire. 🙂
What are your thoughts on the matter? Would you prefer an audiobook or the physical copy? Both maybe?
Have a wonderful day and a brilliant new chapter!