Up until about six months ago, I have to admit that I was a full-fledged audiobook-hater. And I didn’t even have anything to back it up! I’d never tried it before, but I assumed that it could never be something that I might enjoy. I’m horrible at audial comprehension, so how would an audiobook ever work for me? I’d never be able to concentrate on the words, and my reading retention would be virtually nonexistent. But I was wrong.
After living my whole life assuming these things, my friend Laura, after months of talking about how much she loves audiobooks and begging me to try one, finally convinced me to just go for it. What was there to lose? If I hated it, so what?
So I signed up for the free trial of Audible and picked out a book. I chose The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. I thought it might help if I chose something that I was really looking forward to read, from a favorite author of mine. I already knew that I’d like the book…now I just had to pop on the headphones and listen to the damn thing.
And…I loved it.
Ever since then, audiobooks have become my new best friends. I listen to them while driving, working (when I can), cooking, cleaning, you name it! So far, I’ve listened to twelve audiobooks, and I’ve liked pretty much all of them!
The only caveat is that I’ve discovered that I’m not a good audiobook candidate for books that are longer than 400 pages. That’s just too long for me to listen to a book. I start to get bored and my mind wanders, so I choose to read the physical copies of those ones instead. But everything else is fair game! My favorite audiobooks to listen to are the Detective D.D. Warren series by Lisa Gardner. So far, I’m on the third one and I’ve listened to them all on audiobook…I love it! The narrators are so good, and listening to them vs. reading them makes the mystery just that much more intense.
Since my introduction to audiobooks, I’ve also discovered that, while I love the Audible site and iPhone app, their membership too expensive for me. So I get all of my audiobooks free from the library and upload them onto my computer (then onto my phone) instead. My library happens to have a great selection, but I know that not everybody’s does. Audible is a good secondary option, and in addition, Coffee Bean Bookshelf has a GREAT post in which she details all of the options for where to get audiobooks.
Have you ever listened to an audiobook? Do you like them? If you haven’t…why not? What’s your favorite thing to do while listening to an audiobook?