If you’re new here, you should know that I love to read. *Shameless plug here of the “reading” category on my blog*. Another key fact about me is that my commute is at least 30 minutes to and from work. While you can often find me binging a podcast (lately it’s My Favorite Murder), I’m definitely also a fan of audiobooks. *Insert confetti here*.
Of the 70 books I have finished so far this year, I think either 4 or 5 have been audiobooks. I love being able to binge books in another way, but audiobooks have helped me churn through books I may have not even picked up to begin with.
Almost every time I tell someone that I’m listening to an audiobook, they make some *joking* comment about how I’m “cheating“ by listening to my book instead of purely sitting with a copy in my hands. I don’t believe it should matter what form of what book I pick up (I mean come on, I love water, ice and vapor. Too much of a stretch?), whether it’s on my phone or my Kindle or my earbuds or even paperback or hard.
I’ve put together a list of why audiobooks rock to reaffirm your love, encourage you to give them a try, or make you feel guilty for making the aforementioned comments (just kidding):
- Your local library (or Amazon’s Audible) make audiobooks super free or affordable, respectively. I can’t say that I’ve ever used Audible, but only because my library has a great selection in-house and online.
- I can make great use of my commute. If I’m going to have at least an hour of my day in the car (and no Wi-Fi at work), I’ll go as “data-free” as I possibly can get.
- Many audiobooks are read by their authors! I love being able to truly know how it was meant to be read and enjoyed. I recently listened to Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris and his voice is truly a force to be reckoned with. He’s a great writer, but I will never be able to read another of his pieces not in his memorable voice. It truly came to life.
- You can multi-task while listening (like driving, or clean the house, or mow the lawn). I mostly just do it while driving because I don’t have a CD player, but I’ve downloaded a few MP3’s from the library that make this super convenient (and data-free!)
- If reading puts you to sleep, this could be a great alternative. Thankfully, that isn’t usually me but it totally might be you!
- Reading can become a whole family affair – we used to listen to Harry Potter and one of my coworker’s family’s listened to Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
- Audiobooks typically go by a bit quicker than “traditional” reading, depending on your speed.
- I’m rarely bored when it comes to books, but listening to a story instantly makes it more like sitting next to someone telling you a story.
- It can bring light to poetry/literature (or really anything) you might see as boring. I’m currently listening to Persuasion by Jane Austen and I’m not the typical Jane Austen-ite. Meaning, I can’t normally get through any of her work. But today, I literally laughed out loud at something the narrator said. And the narrator is British so that’s great.
- It might be exactly what you need to be able to get you out of your reading slump (or to finally finish that book or read more books at one time). The world of books is in your hands – and ears!