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? 

31 thoughts on “Audiobooks 

  1. amandalynn9204 says:

    I listen to audio books sometimes in the car! But my favorite is when I’m
    Busy with a ton of house chores it’s nice to put it on while I’m getting all of my stuff done.

    I defiantly prefer a book like most everyone but there are times when audio books do come in handy! Nice post!

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  2. Taylor Reads Books says:

    I listen to audiobooks every day! I’m a photo editor, so I sit at a computer for 8 hours a day and listening to audiobooks helps me concentrate and makes the day go faster! I definitely agree that a good narrator can make or break an audiobook. Jim Dale, the narrator of the Harry Potter books is probably my favorite. Rebecca Soler who narrates The Lunar Chronicle is another favorite! Like many full time working people I don’t have all the time in the world to read, so audiobooks are a great way to fit the books I want to be reading into my day while still getting my work done.
    Great post!

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  3. Anne says:

    I have severe sleeping issues which started in 2010. After trying so many things, a couple of years ago I decided to buy a proper mp3 player and try the audiobook approach. It was a Godsent!! Now I still really want to incorporate them in the other ways you described because, hey, reading is fantastic, but you also need to get other shit done :D. Great post!

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  4. doddyaboutbooks says:

    I love audio books. Over the last couple of years my eyes have developed an allergy to light – meaning that after a day of peering at my computer through sunglasses reading anything is difficult. Thank goodness for audiobooks. I tend to stick with Audible – they have a huge selection with good prices. Plus there is the bonus of them being so portable. Housework? Long commute? Craft? Hello audiobook. My reading has significantly increased which has made me very happy.

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