Kindles I’d happily bury in the ground but I’m addicted to audiobooks. Probably about one out of every three books I read these days is on audio. I’ve got a fair old library on my phone. Plus a subscription to Audible.
There’s an extra dimension to the words when the authors read their own work. A classic text like Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ – a book, as the title suggests, on the art and craft of writing – is a joy to listen to when read by the man himself.
It’s long been one of my bugbears that far too few books from Scotland are recorded on audio, although its improving marginally. James Robertson, Iain Banks, Irvine Welsh and a smattering of others have their books available for listening to. Most Scottish authors don’t.
A new project by Michael Greenwell – he of Scottish Podcast fame – aims to make more audiobooks available, especially books relevant to the Referendum. The project is called ScotIndyBook.
The first in the series is already done: it’s the first chapter of a thriller being written by Mark Frankland called Toxic. Its read by the author. More are to follow including Robin McAlpine reading from Common Weal, and Pete Ramand & James Foley’s ‘Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence’.
Michael Greenwell is currently looking for suggestions. Top of my list would be Lesley Riddoch’s Blossom. Add your own suggestions – fiction or nonfiction – in the Comments section below and we’ll pass them on to Michael.