I often get into debates with bookish folk about the merits/demerits of the audiobook. Although I don’t partake myself since I’m never in a situation where it would be particularly practical to listen to one (and when I sit still for two minutes I might as well read an actual book!) I know many people find they add an extra-special dimension to their reading.
The lovely people at Macmillan Audio have gently reminded me that for many people, this is the better, and sometimes the only way they can enjoy a book. I know that for the elderly or infirm who might struggle to read they offer a great form of escapism. Alternatively, I often get shamefaced book group members who have struggled to finish a particular read telling me they listened to it instead!
The below is quite possibly the most tense, climatic part of Hilary Mantel’s novel and the narrator is superb. No silly accents involved.