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Interview with a Listener: Tom Anderson

Updated: Oct 31, 2019


Listener Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson just finished listening to Giving Up Giving Up, by Author Abigail Gazda. It is available now on iTunes, Amazon and Audible.


Hi Tom,


Thank you so much for connecting with us today! We are excited to learn more about you as an audiobook listener, as well as your impressions of this audiobook!


First, some particulars:

Your Name:

Tom Anderson


Title of the Book You Just Listened For Us:

Giving Up Giving Up, The Memoir of a Quitter, self-narrated by Abigail Gazda.


What City do you live in?

Woodbury, Minnesota (Suburban Minneapolis/St.Paul)


IHS: What was your favorite part about this particular audiobook?

Tom: Due to the subject matter and the author being the narrator it almost felt like a therapy session.


IHS: Give us a ballpark to know how “avid” an audiobook listener you are: How many audiobooks have you listened to in the past 12 months?

Tom: I’m hoping 65 doesn’t make me sound like I don’t have a life.


IHS: How did you get into listening to audiobooks? Were you a reader first?

Tom: Reader then, reader now. But I listen to audiobooks when I work out mainly because I got tired of listening to music.


IHS: What are you usually doing when you are listening to audiobooks?

Tom: Working out.


IHS: Listeners, like book readers, often have their favorite niche or genre, and things they don’t like to get into. What kinds of books do love, and which do you stay away from?

Tom: I am almost exclusively a non-fiction person. Last on my list would probably be Romance; typical guy.


IHS: Sometimes you can really get into a book! Any funny stories about something that happened while you were in “another world” while listening-away?

Tom: I was on a flight a number of years ago listening to a book-on-tape. There was a screaming baby in the row behind us. The man next to me tapped me on the shoulder and said “I’ll give you $100 cash for your headphones and tape player.” About fifteen minutes later he upped the ante to $200 and I still didn’t sell. Some things are priceless.


IHS: Do you ever follow a narrator? If you like their voice, will you go out of your way to pick up another book by the same narrator? Any particular narrators you really like?

Tom: I really like it when an author reads their own work. That sometimes tips the scale for me. Great narrators can make a bad book better but a bad narrator can ruin a great book.


IHS: What about the length of an audiobook? Do you look for longer books for the entertainment? Or do you prefer shorter, quick listens?