Audiobooks – Yay or Nay?

Hello, hello! It’s been so long since my last discussion post, the last one being 3 months ago. How time flies ahah. Anyways, today I’ll be talking about my views on audiobooks and my experience with them.

In the book community, audiobooks seem to be a life-saver, a gift from heavens because it allows us to be able to read whilst on the go. And though I can see that, I wish I could say the same for myself. I love the idea of audiobooks and how portable and useful they are to bookworms and that there are thousands of books narrated for us to hear.

One of the main reasons I don’t like audiobooks is because I’m the sort of person who cannot sit still and will get distracted easily. Hence, if I were to listen to an audiobook, I would either ignore most of it and have to rewind because I’ve no idea what had just happened, or I’m not focused on the task at hand. I also can’t hear very well and if I’m out and about, I wouldn’t even hear the audiobook clearly (I hate having the volume of earphones to the max volume because my ears are sensitive). This is true with movies too, at home if I’m watching something, I’ll probably have paused it several times just to go and walk around or something (I don’t do this in a cinema aha).

Another reason is that I have a hard time visualising. Usually reading words can help to conjure an image in my mind, but I don’t have the book playing out as a movie in my head. I actually usually dream of the things I read after ahaha. So because audiobooks don’t have visual words, I find it harder to comprehend everything and retain it in my mind.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried audiobooks over and over again, hoping for a different outcome. Honestly, the only audiobook I was able to get through was Does My Head Look Big In This, which took me months to finish. Even now, as I write this post, I tried doing it with an audiobook on, but it’s not working and so I’ve turned it off. I’ve tried other audiobooks such as Cinder (which I’ve already read and wanted to reread) and The Pearl Thief (which I haven’t read but sounds intriguing) and though I’ve gotten at least two hours into them, I tire of them easily and don’t bother to pick them up after a while.

And to be honest, I think I’ll still continue to try audiobooks. Maybe it’s just because I haven’t found the right audiobook to listen to because I don’t enjoy the narrator, or maybe it’s me not wanting to sit still for a long time. Whatever the reason for me not being able to listen to audiobooks now, I know I will still experiment with them in the future because I WANT to be able to listen to audiobooks. I can imagine the number of books I could listen to whilst to and from school, whilst getting ready or just relaxing.

So, all in all, audiobooks are a current no for me, but I hope that changes in the future. Maybe in 6 months time, I’ll do another post updating my thoughts on audiobooks. What about you? Do you listen to audiobooks? Which ones have been your favourite ones? 


10 thoughts on “Audiobooks – Yay or Nay?

  1. I don’t like audiobooks at all. I’ve actually tried them twice and each time did not work for me at all. The first time I just listened to the audiobook and didn’t retain anything. The second time, I listened to the audiobook while reading the actual book and that didn’t work either because I was reading faster than the audiobook could go so I just stopped listening to the audiobook and just finished reading the book normally.

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      1. Yeah, I tried that and it did not work. I haven’t really come across too many other bloggers who share the same-ish opinion as me when it comes to audiobooks either.

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  2. Audiobooks are a lifesaver when it comes to having to drive for work. It’s not my preferred way to getting through books, but it makes the long hours in my car more bearable. I’ve always been good with auditory stuff though, so if that’s not your thing, I can totally see how that would makes them considerably less enjoyable.

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  3. I used to hate audiobooks, more on principle than anything else, but then I found some really good ones that I really enjoyed and found that I could read twice as many books this way. It’s all about finding the right one. A good narrator can be the thing that makes or breaks the story. And since they tend to read slow, I suggest adjusting the speed of the speech, to match how fast you would usually read, otherwise it gets boring. I really hope you find the right audiobook for you! They really can be fun once you get used to them!

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