Audiobooks were introduced quite a while ago. While some people love them and some hate them, the majority are unsure about why they should go from the comfort of reading a physical book in their hands to listening to someone read their bedtime story?
I was a bit unsure , too, at first. How could I even pay attention to someone actually reading the book? I would just hate it, wouldn’t I?
How can you know you hate it, if you don’t give it a shot?
Trusting my heart, I went along and tried out Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and listened to it.
I LOVED it. But not everyone does, I realised. And some, like you or maybe not like you, don’t know whether audiobooks are right up their street or not. This is why I created this post for why you should listen to audiobooks! Read on!
Here are 5 complaints or maybe problems we have with physical copies which can be fixed with Audiobooks.
- ” I don’t have enough time to read books”
While books are just AMAZING, it’s pretty easy to get caught up in your job, bills and well LIFE. We don’t all have the time to take a few minutes of our busy lives, reading. This can be a real pain for the ‘busy book-lover’. But Audiobooks are the perfect solution! While doing the important things, you can also do the thing you love: read. You could be doing your job but there would be no harm in just popping your headphones in and listening to a good book.
- “I Don’t know how to pronounce ‘that’ word written”
You know when there’s some really weird names or places that authors makeup but you have absolutely no clue how to pronounce them? And if the books not that famous, you can’t find any way to even guess how to say it? With Audiobooks, you’ll have zero trouble with that. I remember in my Audiobook there were a few, umm, weird names but because I was listening to it, I knew that when I was talking to someone about that book, I would be able to say the word!
- “Books are too bulky to carry around”
Some books are just too big to carry around but you really want to finish them. You can’t take them with you but you don’t want to leave them at home. But you have your phone or tablet with you, right? No doubt about it. Audible is probably the best app to install onto your device and all you need is a pair of headphones and a book to listen to. If you have long journeys to pass on public transport then audiobooks are so convenient!
- “I’ve got a never-ending TBR list”
Yeah, we all do. On Goodreads, I think I’ve got about over 100. We either are too lazy to go to the bookstore or library, or simply don’t have enough time. This is similar to the first one. You can read your books whilst you are doing chores, being bored or painting your room. Imagine how many books you could get through in a week, let alone a month!
- “I’m visually impaired”
This may be a sensitive topic, but this was why audiobooks were introduced in the first place. In 1970, the government introduced Audiobooks for those who were blind. Maybe you have eye strain? I don’t know, but with Audiobooks it makes it a piece of cake to read books for those who can’t see clearly.
And, here are my top 3 benefits of listening to Audiobooks
I did my research and apparently, like music, listening to a book can be ‘uplifting’. I’m not sure that I felt uplifted, but I wasn’t exactly sad, was I? Maybe if you’re sad or just having a bad day, listening to someone read will give you the comfort of a bedtime story read by your loved ones. I’m not too sure on that one, though…
- More engaging
Some audio books are just really fun to listen to. Especially if the person talking, puts of funny voices for each character and has a scary voice for scary parts. I really enjoy those audiobooks. They make reading much more lively and could encourage children to read more.
- More comprehension
If you’re reading a book for school and you need to take notes and jot things down, then maybe audiobooks could be really helpful. While physical copies make it easier to take notes and highlight quotes, listening to a book ensures you don’t skim through and proves more comprehension. Sometimes you have to squish up your notes as there’s not much space extra in a book or maybe you use a separate piece of paper anyways. You can get through your school textbook much quicker and pick up hidden meanings you probably wouldn’t have found otherwise.
So, there it is. Don’t shy away from listening to your favourite books. You have no excuses! I’ve given you enough reasons to download the Audible app and plug in your headphones! If you’re not sure about Audible, make sure you get the 30-day free trial to test it out!
Do you love audiobooks? Are you too scared to try them out? Has this post convinced you in any way? Installing the app now? Are Audiobooks your cup of tea? Whatever it is… Comment below with your thoughts!
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P.S I didn’t post a ‘WWW Wednesday’ Post because I haven’t done much reading lately. You can expect the bookish hop next week! I hope you understand and have a lovely day ahead of you 🙂