Within the last year I decided, somewhat skeptically to give audiobooks a try. Clearly, I’m a total bookworm, but I had never in my life listened to a book.
Why? I honestly figured that I would get bored just listening and probably fall asleep. Though I liked being read to as a child, I can’t say that I’ve been read to as an adult. Now, I’m only disappointed that I waited as long as I did to give them a shot!
5 reasons you should give audiobooks a try:
- Sometimes it’s really hard to find the time to physically sit down with a book. Life is always busy and some days it’s just not in the cards. One of my favorite things about listening to a book is that I can do so many other things while I’m “reading”. I cook, clean, do laundry, drive, the list is endless. It’s multitasking at its finest! Maybe one day if I decide to start working out like I should I’ll listen then too. I imagine for those that have a long commute to work, an audiobook would make the time more pleasant.
- The narrators for audiobooks are so fantastic. This is their job after all, and there is something hypnotic about these people’s voices. I’m a sucker for foreign accents and some of my favorite types of books to listen to are from narrators with said accents. In all my time listening to books I’ve only encountered one that had a narrator with a voice I didn’t care for. But, every reputable site I’ve seen that sells audiobooks allows you to sample them before you pay for them.
- If you’re anything like me, I spend way more time in front of a screen than I should. Computer, phone, TV, etc. Before bed you can listen to a book which is a great way to relax and unwind without staring at Facebook for “five minutes” before sleeping.
- My husband is not a reader whatsoever. I think the last time he read an actual book was when he was in high school, though he claims all the articles he reads on Facebook count as reading. I disagree. When we take road trips we listen to a book together. To my surprise and delight, he really enjoyed it! It opened up interesting dialogue between us and it made him understand a little bit why I always have my nose in a book. Just a little though.
- I consider myself to be a fairly intelligent and well read woman. But listening to books has shown me that maybe I haven’t always pronounced words exactly like they should be pronounced. Whoops. Sometimes characters have unusual names and I know I’m mispronouncing them wrong in my head but I don’t even care. With audiobooks, you are guaranteed to be “reading” words properly. Who doesn’t want to improve their vocabulary?
Do you listen to audiobooks? If not, why are you hesitant?