If I didn't have to parent, feed myself and be a responsible adult, I'd be quite happy to do nothing but read. It's my favorite leisure activity, if by leisure activity you mean something necessary. Essential.
Of course there are times one can't. As a teen, I used to read at red lights. Now I know better. Driving is so you can listen to audio books! (The stops were never long enough anyway).voice123.com/lucypaterson
When I can't look in a book, listening is the next best thing and sometimes even better. Narration adds so much. Since Audible acquired rights to the Fairchild series this fall, I've spent a good deal of time wondering what they will sound like, because in my head, I know all my characters' tones and inflections. Alistair has the most beautiful voice (he's a baritone), except perhaps for Georgiana, Lady Fairchild, who has exquisite diction.
Of course readers don't hear them speak the same way--that's what makes writing so exciting. You're crafting word-fuel for a creative reaction in someone else's head. A good read is a partnership.
And audiobooks even more so, because then you have the talent of three. That's why I was beyond thrilled when I heard from Lucy Paterson, who will be narrating the Fairchild books. I listened to her demo track. She's utterly perfect. Her voice is better--much better--than the one I hear when I read them. I can hardly wait to listen to them performed. I think you will be as thrilled with this creative partnership as I.