For years whenever anybody mentioned audiobooks, I always said I don’t like them. My mind wanders and I just didn’t think I’d like them. And that was true…until I actually tried listening to one.
It was a series of co-incidences that led me to try one. Amy from Ode to & Katniss wrote a really interesting blog post about audiobooks and that got me thinking about them again. Then Kelley from Oh, The Books mentioned that Ready Player One was a great audio and my ears perked up as I needed to read that for a book club. And then later that day when checking Audible, I found I could listen to my first book for free.
So I thought I’ve nothing to lose. I’ll sign up for membership and cancel it if it doesn’t work for me. And according to the terms, there was no period of time I had to commit to. So is signed up, downloaded the app to my phone and I was off! I initially decided, I would only listen to it in the gym and so kill two birds with the one stone.
But it was too good! So that plan didn’t last long. I was listening every moment I got – driving to work, in bed at night, in the gym and just about anywhere I had time. Ready Player One was a great one to start with. And with just one book I was hooked. There is no question of me cancelling my membership anytime soon.
My initial concerns about audiobooks and how it actually panned out:
- I thought my mind would wander : Yes, sometimes it does but I just rewind a little or stop it for a few minutes. Using my headphones this is simple to do and I just restart when my mind is back in the right place.
- It’s expensive : Undeniably, it’s a lot more expensive than buying a book. However I get one book a month with my membership and that’s all I need. Books are between 10 hours and 20 hours and only listening to them in small stretches means that they last me for weeks.
- I thought I had no time to listen to them : I don’t have a lot but I was surprised at how I squeezed them in. Doing housework, cooking, on walks – I find lots of ways to sneak in more book time.
- I thought I wouldn’t enjoy them as much as reading a book : But you know what a book is a book is a book. It’s a different experience and not more or less than enjoyable than reading a book just different. I think a good story will always work no matter what format you choose to experience it in.
The perks of audio-books for me:
- I can pronounce all the names! OK, I can’t spell any of them but at least I’m saying them right for once in my life.
- Accents and dialects. Listening to accents add so much to the book for me. A prime example of this is the Jamie’s Scottish accent in Outlander. I hearted this so much.
- Multi-tasking for the win! Books are a great way to make even mundane tasks easier to tackle into as just knowing I’m getting a chance to listen to more of my book is motivation for me.
- I get through more books as it gives me a chance to listen when I can’t read. You know like when I’m driving!
Finally and most of you will already know this but for anyone living under a rock, there is an opportunity every week until mid August to download two audio books under the SYNC program. The schedule is great and I’ve been taking full advantage. So if you are thinking of trying audio, this is a great chance to do just that.
Bookish Chat : Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, what is your favourite thing about them. And if not, what puts you off them? Do you have a favourite audiobook that I needed to add to my list?