Hear me out! Believe me, I know what most of you are thinking because I used to be the same way. Whenever you might have cause to listen to an audiobook, whether it be during your daily commute, or working out, you prefer to listen to music because sometimes your head is in the clouds. You might not pay attention. Aka you daze out.
I used to think the exact same thing, so I always brushed aside the idea of listening to an audiobook. But then I gave one a try and realized something rather profound. Are you ready for this? If the book is interesting, you’ll actually pay attention!
I know, seems rather elementary doesn’t it? But it’s actually kind of life changing. I now actually look forward to heading to work every morning, and lo and behold since the discovery of my audiobook addiction I have joined a gym so that I have an easier outlet to listen to my books, and simultaneously not feel guilty about enjoying some ice cream at the end of a busy day. For all of you out there who bemoan the fact that you don’t have time to read, this is a perfect way to finish those books otherwise gathering dust on your bookshelves.
One of the reasons that I absolutely love listening to audiobooks is because it’s an enjoyable way to read at times which would otherwise be inconvenient for me to hold my Kindle. I mean, walking into oncoming traffic because my nose was stuck in my e-reader doesn’t exactly sound appealing. So now, I’ll listen to my audiobooks whenever I cook, walk anywhere, get ready in the morning, or need to get a workout in, and I reserve my Kindle reading for when I’m relaxing in my chaise lounge or in bed. It’s also an awesome way to knock a few more books off my TBR list! I’ll listen to one book in the morning on my iPhone, and read a different one in the evening on my Kindle.
Now, there are a few negatives to audiobooks which are important to point out. Number one: they are as expensive as sh*t. Audible.com is nice though because your first book is free, so you can test out to see if you actually enjoy listening to an audiobook before shelling out the money for one. If you find you do like them, you can get a monthly membership with audible which is probably cheaper than buying all of those audiobooks separately. Maybe ask for some extra Amazon gift cards for your birthday this year too.
Number two: you can kind of look like an idiot whilst listening to them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked to work, and found myself giggling aloud, blushing, or dropping my jaw open in surprise because of what’s going on in my audiobook. For people on the street who think you’re just listening to music, they might give you a confused glance or two. So, as long as you can control your facial features, or don’t mind if others think you’re off your rocker, have at it!
And last but not least, driving and audiobooks don’t always mix. I do a lot of travel for work in the fall, and rental cars are an unfortunate component to all that travel. Listening to an audiobook and trying to navigate your way around a busy city for the first time is basically an accident waiting to happen, so try to avoid that one. If I ever found myself on a 3-4 hour-long drive, I would usually get out of the city first, and then pull over at a rest stop to get my audiobook up and running. However, after an hour or two on the open road, I would often find myself paying more attention to the story than the road. My mouth would also have the tendency to hang open a lot in apparent wonder, which is just a weird phenomenon that requires further scientific study.
So there you have it! Audiobooks definitely have their pluses and minuses, but I for one absolutely love them. They are also the perfect companion to a nice, relaxing walk on the beach. Don’t knock it til you try it!