Technology and having a job really improved audiobooks for me. When I first looked into them at the library they were always abridged and they came on a huge stack of cassette tapes. I barely made it through the second book before giving up. Things got better when they were available on CDs but I skipped that era having been turned off by the abridged cassettes. Now I can get them as a downloadable file that goes right onto my iPod. Apple gave away copies of John Hodgman’s “Areas of My Expertise” a few years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. The 1 hour commute to and from work is no longer much of a problem when an invisible is person sitting next to you telling you a story for weeks on end.