I originally read Matched shortly before Ella was born. This time, instead of going with a paper copy, I downloaded the audio version.
This isn’t the first time I’ve listened to a book I’ve previously read. I’ve done the same thing with The Wednesday Wars, If I Stay, The Help, Nightshade, The Summer I Turned Pretty, and The Book Thief.
It’s been a fun thing to listen to a book I already know, catching new nuances, hearing how a narrator interprets a character or storyline, and basically enjoying the book in a slightly different way.
In all cases (except for The Summer I Turned Pretty), I’ve liked the book just as much or more in audio form as I did with a physical copy. I remember feeling like, with The Wednesday Wars, I was going to be disappointed because I loved the book so much, but then discovering that the narration was so stellar that it actually made me love the book even more.
In the case of Matched, it’s been fun to remember why I enjoyed this book so much back in 2010, since the series lost its shine a bit with Crossed, which I found to be quite dull. Now I’m all excited again for the final book (Reached) which comes out in the middle of November. Chances are good I’ll be listening to it in the middle of the night while feeding a new baby.
Do you ever listen to a book you’ve already read? I kind of love it. Makes me want to go dig up audio versions of all the books I’ve ever enjoyed.
I am paid for my participation in the BlogHer Book Club, but I
choose which books to read and my reviews are strictly my own
opinions. If I think a book is terrible, I’ll say so. If I rave about
a book, it’s because it’s one I’d give to Kayla or my mom.