I went to the store expecting a mash of people and a derth of books. I actually hadn't planned to buy a book, because my Harry Potter experience has been almost entirely auditory, and I want to keep it that way.
My aunt started it, I blame (and thank) her. She was doing a lot of driving so she bought the first Harry Potter book on audio tape. And then loaned it to me.
This is one of those things I really really enjoyed in childhood that I totally forgot about until Jim Dale's voice began rolling down chapter one. Being read to by somebody who is willing to do all the voices and give it some ooomph, is one of life's greatest pleasures. My mom was pretty good at voices and accents. She brought us right into the world of Mowgli and later took us into that magical wardrobe. I absolutely LOVED being read to. Teachers who read to the class were blessings in my world.
As a secondary coolness, audio books free your hands and eyes! I can do my cross stitch stuff while listening to a book, or draw or paint or work on any of my crafty projects. The hubs bought me a portable CD/tape player that I can move with me from room to room. It's very cool!
I went through all my aunt's tapes, and then started scoping out some of my other favorite books on tape or CD. They're a bit costly, so I only buy favorites and classics, the ones that I read over and over again, that are like food to me. I have the entire Trilogy of the Rings on CD. Most of the Jane Austen books. Jane Eyre, Rebecca, Dark Rivers of the Heart by Dean Koontz. I'm still waiting for somebody to produce an audio version of The Stand. I'll be first in line.
So anyway, I had planned to wait to purchase the latest Mr. PottAIR. I wanted the audio version of The Half-Blood Prince, and I expected to have to wait a while. But lo and behold, it's out already! Tthere it was on the shelf next to the hard covers, Jim Dale narrating, unabridged CD's. I'm so happy!
Thank god I had a credit card with me!