I read M.T. Anderson’s FEED years ago, and am now listening to it as an audiobook. It’s always interesting to compare and contrast text vs audio. Yes, you lose something with audio — the magic of letters, words, phrases, sentences, the density of paragraphs, the white space of dialogue. But the spoken word hones the ears to language flow. It far precedes the written word — think of our distant ancestors sitting around the fire centuries before Gutenberg — so in some sense hearing a book read aloud is taking things full circle. It’s ironic that modern technology makes this possible. Even more ironic when listening to a book like FEED. If you haven’t read/listened to this brilliant story, do it, now, and prepare to have your mind blown.
- by Tom Birdseye