Friday, July 14, 2017

Getting into an Audiobook

For many of my reading years, I avoided audiobooks. What would I do when I hadn't listened for a day or two and forgot what had happened? How could I flip back through the pages to check on a specific fact? Plus, you never know exactly what will happen next and I have two young children who don't need to hear an unexpected steamy scene or four-letter word.

But this past year, I've started incorporating them into my reading. I especially love them on long trips or when I'm cleaning up the kitchen after putting the kids to bed. I've had the pleasure this year of listening to Cinnamon and Gunpowder, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, The Signature of All Things, Shadowshaper, and The Book of Unknown Americans. I confess to picking several of the books because they were immediately available from my library or because I adore the narrator (Lin-Manuel Miranda or Anika Noni Rose, anyone?).

                     Cinnamon and Gunpowder      The Book of Unknown Americans

With almost every audiobook, I find myself having an adjustment period. It takes longer for me to hit my groove than it does when I read a paper book. When reading a paper book, I can tell within a few chapters if this book will work for me. With an audiobook, I've had several times where I almost set it aside and then found myself happy I stuck with it. But once I hit that point, I am sneaking in a chapter or two any time I find a few quiet moments. 

Is this true for you too? Does it take you a longer time to really get invested in an audiobook?


  1. I'm not a big audiobook fan. I find it difficult to focus on the story when doing something else, even something which doesn't require much intellectual stimulation. It probably doesn't help that I have hearing loss- it tends to mean I need to pay more attention when people are talking, and I find it easier if I can see a person's lips. We used to listen in the car when I was a kid though, so I could probably do that as a passenger- but then I can read as normal

  2. I never used to listen to audiobooks either, but I've discovered I can get a lot more books in this way, especially when I'm cleaning up the house during my little guy's naptime. I still don't prefer reading that way - I'll always like an actual paper book better, but there have been a few audiobooks I've really enjoyed. The thing that drives me the craziest, though, is not knowing how the names are spelled. When I'm reading, I don't mind making up my own pronunciation. But when I'm listening, I still like to be able to picture the name in my head. Not so easy with an audiobook! :)

  3. I've never really listened to audiobooks before. For ages, the idea just didn't appeal to me, and I didn't think I'd be able to pay enough attention whilst listening to them, but as I've gotten really into listening to podcasts recently and can always manage to pay attention to them, I may give them a go after all! I make a few long car journeys a week, so it would be a good way to fit in some extra reading.
    Great post! :)