Audio books appeal to my love of multitasking. Walk the dog and read. Do the laundry and read. Drive and read.
There’s only one problem: my attention span. No matter how riveting the story or how talented the narrator, my brain shuts off around the thirty-minute mark. I can easily spend three weeks on an audio book because I have to keep pressing the rewind button.
Then I discovered audio shorts.
In addition to holding my focus, these compact tales are a kick to listen to. Some are read by the authors themselves and produced as podcasts. Other stories are narrated by professional voice talents. Listening time ranges from a few minutes to an hour or more.
Here are my favorite resources:
• Crimewave -This podcast offers down and dirty crime tales narrated by the authors. (Click on the Crimeplayer link or subscribe via iTunes.)
• Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine - Showcases a new author-read story each month. Some of the podcasts include a bonus author interview. (Click on any of the episodes or subscribe via iTunes.)
• Sniplits – Features a great lineup of professionally narrated shorts in a variety of genres. Stories are available as MP3 files for easy downloading. (Note to short story writers: Sniplits is closed to submissions at the moment, but their guidelines and pay rates are up for future reference.)
• Well Told Tales – Although currently on hiatus, their library of crime, horror and science fiction stories is still available for you listening pleasure on their site or via iTunes.
Do you enjoy audio books? What do you think of audio shorts?