I wasted so much time resisting audiobooks.
Well, it’s not so much that I was resisting them than I didn’t have ✨ free ✨ access to them. However, I’m finally living somewhere where I have access to a public library and its audiobooks, and what. a. GAMECHANGER.
Never take your libraries for granted!
While it’s not all rainbows and sunshine, I’d say it’s pretty close to it. Here are the pros and cons of audiobooks according to a recent convert:
*I scheduled this post for the end of September and, while this post was in my queue, a fantastic audiobook discussion was published by kitty marie’s reading corner. You should read her post over here—it also has a pros and cons section with some points that overlap with mine!
𝟷. ᴀᴜᴅɪᴏʙᴏᴏᴋs ʟᴇᴛ ᴍᴇ ᴍᴜʟᴛɪᴛᴀsᴋ.
I look forward to doing the most mundane things now. Household work, driving, and jogging have become the highlights of my day because it means I can listen to an audiobook.
𝟸. ɪ ᴄᴀɴ ғɪɴɪsʜ ᴀɴ ᴀᴜᴅɪᴏʙᴏᴏᴋ ɪɴ ʜᴀʟғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛɪᴍᴇ ɪᴛ ᴛᴀᴋᴇs ᴍᴇ ᴛᴏ ʀᴇᴀᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏᴏᴋ.
Now, I am able to add an extra book towards my reading goal every week since I can control the playback speed of audiobooks.
What was that word again? Gamechanger.
𝟹. ɪ ᴄᴀɴ ᴀᴄᴛᴜᴀʟʟʏ ғɪɴɪsʜ ᴀ ʙᴏᴏᴋ ᴡʜɪʟᴇ ᴏɴ ᴠᴀᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ.
I know there’s plenty of bookworms out there who are guilty of packing suitcases stuffed with books, fully expecting to read them all on vacation. HA HA HA. Silly bookworm. You and I both know you won’t make a dent in your TBR.
Life hack: Listen to audiobooks instead! You can blast them while you’re on a bumpy flight or lounging in the pool!
𝟺. ɪ’ᴍ ᴀʙʟᴇ ᴛᴏ ʟɪsᴛᴇɴ ᴛᴏ ʙᴏᴏᴋs ɪ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅɴ’ᴛ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʀᴇᴀᴅ.
There are some genres (*ahem* classic and non-fiction *ahem*) and books by authors I like the idea of reading, but can’t bring myself to do. It’s usually because I’ve attempted to read them before and ended up DNFing because they were too wordy, too complicated to understand, or just too boring. Now I gravitate towards the audiobook versions of those book so that the narrator does the bulk of the work for me 😁.
𝟻. ɪ ᴄᴀɴ ʟɪsᴛᴇɴ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴍʏ ᴇʏᴇs ᴄʟᴏsᴇᴅ.
Sometimes I want to lay awake with my eyes closed without listening to my existential dread 🤷.
𝟼. ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴀʀᴇ ɴᴏᴡ ᴘᴀʀᴛ ᴏғ ᴍʏ ᴇᴠɪʟ ᴘʟᴀɴ ᴛᴏ ɢᴇᴛ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ ᴛᴏ ʀᴇᴀᴅ ʙᴏᴏᴋs.
Occasionally, I’ll play an audiobook out loud when friends or family are around and then watch as they get sucked into the story *maniacal laughter*.
(Pro-tip: Make sure to gauge the room first! You don’t want your plan to backfire by annoying people lol.)
𝟽. ɪᴛ’s ᴀ ᴡʜᴏʟᴇ ᴇxᴘᴇʀɪᴇɴᴄᴇ!
If the audiobook narrator is pulling out all the stops (ie. using different accents for different characters, timing their dramatic pauses accordingly, singing etc.), a typical three star book can get bumped up to four!
𝟷. sᴏᴍᴇᴛɪᴍᴇs ɪ ᴅᴏɴ’ᴛ ʜᴇᴀʀ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ ᴛᴀʟᴋɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴍᴇ ᴡʜᴇɴ ɪ’ᴍ ʟɪsᴛᴇɴɪɴɢ ᴡɪᴛʜ ʜᴇᴀᴅᴘʜᴏɴᴇs—
“What? Sorry, were you talking to me?” I swear I wasn’t ignoring you!
𝟸.—ᴀɴᴅ sᴏᴍᴇᴛɪᴍᴇs ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ ᴛᴀʟᴋ ᴏᴠᴇʀ ᴛʜᴇ ᴀᴜᴅɪᴏʙᴏᴏᴋ.
“Wait, let me pause my audiobook first!” I’m missing critical exposition!
𝟹. ɪᴛ’s ᴇᴀsʏ ғᴏʀ ᴍᴇ ᴛᴏ ɴᴏᴛ ᴘᴀʏ ᴀᴛᴛᴇɴᴛɪᴏɴ.
While it’s awesome that I can do other things while listening to an audiobook, sometimes that means I’m focusing more on a task than the book 😅.
𝟺. ɪ ғɪɴᴅ ᴍʏsᴇʟғ ʀᴇᴘʟᴀʏɪɴɢ sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴs ᴏᴠᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ᴏᴠᴇʀ.
This point is pretty much the culmination of all the previous cons. Whether someone was talking over the tape or I’m not paying attention to the audiobook, I can end up playing the same parts over and over. It’s counter-intuitive when I’m playing an audiobook on double speed.
𝟻. ɪ ᴍɪss ᴛʜᴇ ᴇxᴘᴇʀɪᴇɴᴄᴇ ᴏғ ʀᴇᴀᴅɪɴɢ.
No matter how convenient audiobooks are, I think I’ll always prefer reading a book over listening to one. There’s a comfort in cozying up in bed, seeing the words in the story, and completely losing myself in a book that audiobooks can’t quite replicate.