I love audiobooks. I love it not.
I love audiobooks. I love it not.
Heck! I cannot do this anymore.
That’s my relationship with audiobooks. I first came across audiobooks through bookstagram when everyone I knew spoke high and mighty about it. I thought why not I give it a try too. I went ahead and made a subscription on Audible and bought a couple of great titles. But little did I know I was going to regret my decision in the very next ten minutes.
I tried again after a couple of days and it failed me again.
That’s how I picked up Daisy Jones & The Six and I had a ball of a time. But then I wondered why.
So, here are some of the reasons why audiobooks aren’t my best friend.
- Ah, the voices in my head!
I am a visual person. I need to see the words I read. No, I am not getting into the debate of ‘listening to audiobooks is not reading.’ And that’s why I am okay with including audiobooks and other formats on my reading challenge. But I simply cannot find myself able to sit still and concentrate without my mind wandering to other places. I think I’d be okay if I have a commute every day to work but I do not.
You may then say, I can multitask and do mundane tasks while listening to books. I simply am unable to and if I try listening before bed, it feels like a lullaby and I fall asleep in no time.
- Can’t do book reviews
I am someone who loves to list my evidence or add quotes to my book reviews and I find it extremely difficult to write reviews for audiobooks. Apart from not seeing words including headings and page numbers, I find it hard to take notes or capture quotes. It means you have to pause, rewind, take a note and start again. That’s so much extra work.
You would agree that some sentences in a book are hard-hitting. If I am listening to an audiobook, I would hear that sentence with the same weight as the rest of the chapter.
- Gosh, I’m lost!
When I try to resume an audiobook after a break however short it may be, it seems 10x harder to jog my memory. You can’t skim pages and that’s a pain!
- It all depends on the narrator
A narrator can make or break an audiobook. The lack of variation in the narrator’s voice is an instant put-off. If the narrator is not able to emote with some sort of enthusiasm or lilting, or if he talks dang too slow, I find myself drifting and losing focus.
That’s one of the reasons I prefer listening to non-fiction audiobooks, especially autobiographies. When authors read their own work it creates an instant connection and intimacy with the reader/listener and when I find such good audiobooks, I find reasons to keep my earbuds rolling.
Ellen DeGeneres’ Seriously… I’m Kidding is a perfect example of the same. Listening to the book was like watching Ellen on her show. There were moments when I laughed out loud only to realize I’d be looking like an idiot with my earbuds on. The audiobook even had the sounds of beach waves, casino ruckus, etc. and it was refreshingly different.
Have you tried audiobooks? What has your experience been like? Please share your tips and recommendations.
I’m participating in #BlogchatterA2Z and My theme for the A to Z Challenge this year is ‘Celebrating the Bibliophile in me’, where I will be sharing the books, authors and fictional characters that I love, loathe and tolerate.
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