This telling/listening concept came back to me earlier this week, when I decided to listen to part of an audio recording of a book I was reading at the time. I rarely do audio books, but this time I thought I'd give it a whirl. I got into it. I got into the narrator's voice, reading with pathos and an altered inflection when he came to passages of dialogue. It reminded me of why I like it so much when my husband and I read a novel together aloud. It helped me put my finger on why I love it when an author has what I like to call a "conversational" writing style, a sort of casual vernacular that makes you feel like you're listening to, rather than reading the story that is unfolding and developing a relationship with the author/narrator as much as you are with the individual characters.