I confess: I am an audiobook convert!

 

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Hallelujah! I have finally found a β€œnew” bookish way! And I’m here today to share these all-mighty teachings with you! (although no doubt many of you have heard these reasons before πŸ˜‰) Here are the reasons I have finally caved and started listening to audiobooks:

mood reader 1More reading time! Ever wanted just a bit more time to squeeze in books? This totally works! Audiobooks, it turns out, are perfect for multitasking. Admittedly, you may want to do something that requires minimum brain function, like hoovering or washing up, because if it’s a good audiobook you may feel the need to stop (people who cook and don’t burn their dinner while listening to a great audiobook need to tell me how they do that πŸ˜‰ ) Plus, if you’re really pushed for time, you can speed them up- result!

 

are you not entertainedSo entertaining! While audiobooks have always had some great narrators, I swear I’ve found more modern audiobooks have a lot of added bonuses to keep us readers on our toes- they have music and multiple narrators to create a more immersive experience. Some genres and stories work brilliantly in this format, such as my recent reads Daisy Jones and Sadie.

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read-fastSqueeze in more learning. The way I’ve been using audiobooks for the longest time is to listen to non-fic. It’s never been my favourite genre, but discovering I could listen to non fic while I work was a gamechanger for me.

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baboon glassesGreat for your eyes! If you don’t have the best eyesight (like me)/just need to give your eyes a rest, I’d definitely recommend giving audiobooks a go. One of my favourite times to read is before bed- however sometimes I’m too tired to focus, so regretfully put aside the book… not anymore! People had been telling me about this benefit for ages, but I hadn’t really listened and now I wish I’d done it sooner!Β 

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reading anywhereListen on the go. So admittedly, I have walked and read before- but now I can do it safely! Without the risk of being run over! PRAISE BE BOOKISH GODS!

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piles of booksDoesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg! Beyond audible (and various other sites), there are libraries and beyond that are apps like Overdrive. Discovering that you can get library ebooks and audiobooks on Overdrive/Libby was a complete revelation to me. I didn’t know about this resource for ages (cos I’m a dinosaur apparently) so for the handful of you that are as clueless about technology as me, if you have access to a library, check to see if you can get access too.Β 

And that’s all for now! I hope I’ve convinced a few of you to step into the dark side *ahem* I mean the light… This is pretty new to me, so do any of you have tips on where to get audiobooks? Or reasons you love them too? Let me know in the comments!

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99 thoughts on “I confess: I am an audiobook convert!

  1. thoughtsofthereader says:

    I’m an audiobook convert too! I never used to listen to them, but since starting work full time, it’s allowed me to read so much more. I can read on my walk to/from work, and not have to worry about walking into thing!! Great post!😁

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  2. piotrek says:

    So true! I also find this way of extending reading time to be great, a can squeeze in a one or two extra books per month (not more – I also listen to podcasts). I generally listen to lighter stuff, entertaining reads where not 100% of attention is required. I also like to re-read that way…

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  3. Grace says:

    In the USA you can borrow audio books from your local library, the same way you borrow ebooks – you can download the content to your device (whatever that may be) or you can access it through a browser. Same with Amazon. I’m not a fan of audio books because I HATE anyone reading to me! So annoying – but I realize I am in the minority. (I don’t like people ‘talking’ at me either which was a problem in school – I was always “Just give me the reading list and I’ll come back for the exams’ I simply don’t retain spoken information.)

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  4. daleydowning says:

    I only used to listen to audiobooks on very rare occasions – but recently I’ve been choosing this format for the library book club selections – and this definitely helps, since those tend to be historical fiction, which I get bored with reading very quickly these days. This way I can at least honestly say I gave the book a shot – and it is so easy to just fast forward through any really boring parts, and still get the major points of the story!

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  5. Sharon Bonin-Pratt says:

    Wish I could follow you on this avenue of enjoying books but I’m a terrible listener. My mind wanders like a squirrel on 1000 cups of coffee. I need a book in my hands and sticky notes to play with before settling to read. You are lucky, Rivka! More books in your cart.

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  6. thecorneroflaura says:

    Hallelujah! Another convert for our ranks! Audiobooks are the only way I can get any real reading done with my packed schedule. On your listening apps, have you tried the 1.25x or 1.5x speed options? It doesn’t affect how it sounds much and it lets you get through books even quicker.

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  7. mistysbookspace says:

    I use Scribd for audiobooks. I think it $8.99 a month and you don’t have to pay extra to get the audiobooks. It has its flaws but for me it’s worth it because I can’t justify the price of an audible subscription plus having to pay for the audiobooks.

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  8. Rose says:

    Great post! listened to a few audiobooks a few years ago and never fully got into them. But I really want to give them another go for when I’m on my way to work!

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  9. Eustacia | Eustea Reads says:

    I have to confess that while I love podcasts, I haven’t really taken to audiobooks. Mostly because I read way faster than the narrator, so I just end up getting so impatient with the reading speed πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I should give it another go though!

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  10. Crafty Scribbles says:

    I definitely enjoy audiobooks. They help me with my manic episodes as sometimes I cannot focus on printed pages. Using 1.5 setting, I can get through many books while I run errands, do housework, even write.

    Enjoy the conversion.

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  11. MetalPhantasmReads says:

    Wohooo!! I’m so glad you’re loving audio books more. It’s SO true that they help you multitask and consume more books. They’re also great for long trips πŸ™‚ I mostly use Overdrive and Audible. My library also has RB Digital but the collection isn’t as big as Overdrive πŸ™‚

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  12. bookbeachbunny says:

    I appreciate the fact that they save space πŸ™‚ Also I can listen while on a trip whereas with anything written at all the minute I look at it in motion car, plane, train whatever I’m nausea. So that’s a huge help!

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  13. Joelendil says:

    I’ve always used audiobooks on long car rides (until recently we lived 350-650 miles from family so holidays came with lots of drive time). With kids in the car they had to be relatively inoffensive so we frequently went with Jeeves & Wooster books.

    Recently I’ve taken to listening to audiobooks as I drive to and from the office. I get in about 30 minutes/weekday which lets me enjoy an extra book or two per month…I’m hooked!

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  14. WendyMegget says:

    I listen to audiobooks sometimes, although the selection is not that great through our library, however it’s improving as more and more books are converted to that format. My husband does not read books, but when he gets man flu, I download a sci fi audiobook for him and he loves it. Helps to keep him in bed too. So i bet this would work well for sick kids too.
    Does anyone have a solution to falling asleep while listening before bed? I nod off, then have no idea where I was up to πŸ€”

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  15. alilovesbooks says:

    I’m a fairly recent convert to Audiobooks too. I mostly listen when driving or doing boring stuff like cleaning. I mostly get mine from the library via Libby and they have a great selection. I am actually a member of three different libraries two of which use Libby so that greatly increases my chances of finding something to listen to. You can often join the library for the area you work in as well as where you live.

    During the summer Audiofile magazine also run Audio Sync for teens where you can download two free books a week (and you do not need to be a teen).

    My biggest tip though is to make sure you properly shut down Libby/Overdrive when you’re not using it. On a couple of occasions I’ve had it start playing on its own. Not ideal if headphones aren’t plugged in, you’re at work and you’ve been listening to Call Me By Your Name πŸ˜‚

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  16. Miri β™ͺ Book Dragoness β™ͺ says:

    Welcome to the fanbase of audiobooks (my mom and sister were the ones who coaxed me into that fanbase and now I’m CONVERTED)!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ My mom is often concerned for my eyesight so she tells me to use audiobooks more often but though I love them, there’s nothing quite like holding a book in my hands and soaking in its words.

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  17. Never Not Reading says:

    Yay!!!

    I confess that I haven’t even *tried* audiobooks yet. I’m just so sure I’m not going to like it (I’m probably wrong, lol) and I don’t want to ruin a potential favorite book by using a format I don’t like! Also, I’m so busy that I don’t know when I would listen to it, as I typically listen to podcasts on my commute. I also like the idea of nonfiction on audio, because I like listening to non-fiction-learning-type podcasts.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      fair enough πŸ˜‰ it took me forever to get into them. And I understand that completely- I think the thing that pushed me into it was hearing that a few books were perfect for that form. Yeah they’re brilliant for non fiction- I really struggle to get through a lot of non fic, so it really helps for me πŸ˜€ And me too!

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  18. Nicole says:

    I love audiobooks! I get mine from Audible mostly, but as you’ve mentioned the library has a bunch of great resources there, too.

    A friend of mine volunteers for Learning Ally, a non-profit that aims to help blind and dyslexic students (or other auditory learners). It’s a great help, from what I’ve seen.

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  19. Beware Of The Reader says:

    I am also a recent “convert” (since January) but I am very picky as far as audiobooks are concerned! The voice has to fit the character (no adult featuring a teen) and the pace must be right (not too fast or I get lost)!

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  20. kjbookworld says:

    I have a hard time listening to audiobooks when I am doing something else at the same time. Then I completely zone out from listening. I do really enjoy listening to an audiobook while I read the book at the same time though. =)

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  21. Nicole says:

    I’m a recent convert too! Although, for me, I prefer the books to be ones that were written in a non-traditional format. Like Illuminae or Sadie, I find it more entertaining and easier to keep track of. Great post πŸ™‚

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  22. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer says:

    Love these reasons!! Tired eyes… I experience this a ton. Reading so much for my job. And walking and reading!! Plus there are tons of ways so this doesn’t break the bank… What are your reasons? I loved your Daisy review and find it may be what catapults me into trying this medium again. Sounds so good. ❀️

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Thank you! Ah I totally get what you mean. Just cos I’ve been lucky enough to get a good stash from the library and there are also free trials for subscriptions πŸ™‚ Brilliant! So glad to hear it! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  23. Nicola @ Thoughts on Fantasy says:

    Yay! Glad you’ve not only stepped to the dark side but are now luring others to join us πŸ˜‰ I love audiobooks for all the reasons you listed – they’re just so good!! And I also often speed them up too (my default is now 1.25x unless it’s a fast or confusing book).

    I think I would add one more reason to those you mentioned: if you get motion sickness when trying to read in buses or cars (which I unfortunately do) audiobooks are perfect. After I discovered them boring trips suddenly got much more interesting πŸ™‚

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      hahaha!! Happy to do my duty πŸ˜‰ I so relate! And I can understand that- I definitely like to speed them up a little- especially non fic.

      That’s a brilliant one- I hadn’t thought of it cos I don’t get motion sickness that much, unless it’s a really long journey (and haven’t gone on one of those in a while) but that sounds like a brilliant idea- I’ll definitely keep that in mind for next time. That’s great!

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  24. christine @ lady gets lit says:

    I’ve never really been into audiobooks, but lately I’m slowly opening up to the idea. I’m not a great auditory learner, which is why I’ve been avoiding them. But then I read someone talking about how listening to audiobooks while cleaning is a great way to get motivated…and I gotta say, that was a game changer for me! I also really enjoy listening to nonfiction books on audio – it’s great to learn something while also doing the dishes! Double the productivity! Yes!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  25. Lola says:

    I only started listening to audiobooks since end last year and I am really happy I finally gave them a try as like you mentioned here it gives me more time to read. As I can listen to audiobooks during activities when I normally can’t read. Since I started listening to audiobooks I am reading more in total. I also love how listening to an audiobook makes me re-read more as re-reading in audio gives the book something new. And there are some great narrators out there who really bring the story alive.

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  26. Zezee says:

    Lol, yup! Audiobooks are a godsend for booklovers. I never thought I’d think that about audiobooks – never thought I’d like them – but they are so damn useful and come in handy when you’re busy but still want to read. Glad you like them. I mostly use Overdrive and Audible.

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  27. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom says:

    I discovered audiobooks back in 2016 and they were a game changer for me. I read around 40 audiobook a year along with my print & eBook reading. I listen to them while doing laundry, cleaning, yardwork, and while driving my children to a million activities.

    I just recently started reading audiobooks together with my daughter. Since she is only 5, we have been listening to simple children’s books. She LOVES it! I am so happy to introduce her to something that I didn’t discover until I was 30!

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