Audiobooks have been my SAVIOR in the year 2017. I am eternally grateful for them. Since I started listening to audiobooks, they have become an integral part of my reading life. I think audiobooks are amazing, which is why I want more people to read them.
In an effort to do that, I’m going to be sharing reasons why you should listen to them, give some advice on how to get started, and there will be a giveaway for three audiobooks at the end to get you started on your audiobook journey~
If You Love Giving Minimal Effort
While I love reading, I do get tired. I’m a full-time college student who has a hectic schedule. Sometimes, I have no energy to pick up a book at the end of the day. Of course, that is frustrating because I love reading, just not the effort of focusing and sitting still after a 14 hour day. That’s why Audiobooks are great. All I have to do is listen. Audiobooks also don’t mean you have to keep moving in different positions to be comfortable while trying to hold up a physical book. Press play on whatever device you have, and you’re set.
If You’re in a Reading Slump
Without Audiobooks, I would be in a perpetual reading slump. Audiobooks force you to read. You don’t have to drag yourself over to a pile of books, pick one up, and then try and read it. Audiobooks read the story for you. There’s less of an excuse of not reading with Audiobooks.
If You Want to Read More
All of you multitaskers out there need Audiobooks. I previously wrote a post on How to Read More. Audiobooks have become one of the ways that I read so much with my schedule. As a Californian, I spend a lot of time driving. I’m almost always listening to an Audiobook while doing so. If I’m walking around campus, I’ll be listening to an Audiobook. If I’m doing errands, I’m listening to an Audiobook. If I’m cleaning, I’m listening to an Audiobook. Audiobooks are long. It would take me longer to finish them than regular books if I could just sit down and read them. However, you can’t read a physical book while doing things like driving. All of the times I manage to squeeze in listening to an Audiobook add up. Depending on the week, I can go through several Audiobooks whereas I’d only be able to go through one or two books.
If You’re Sick
I rarely talk about my health problems because it’s a never ending saga. There are some days I can’t get out of bed. That’s life. Plus, I have chronic migraines which means my pace and reading frequency suffers. Because of that, one of the things I’m really grateful for is Audiobooks. Audiobooks are great for my bad days because I can read while still wallowing in bed.
In my opinion, a lot of people are quick to write off Audiobooks simply because they listen to a few bad ones. I liken it to reading a few generic fantasy books and then hating the genre just because you didn’t end up finding the right one for you. Here are some tips to avoid Audiobook burnout.
Listen to your favorite book on audio
Probably my #1 advice is to listen to an audiobook of your favorite book. Listening to it will give you a good feel of what audiobooks are like. Since you already know the plot and the characters, most likely by heart, it’ll be easy to gauge how to focus with audiobooks and how much of the story you actually understand with the new format.
Test different narrators
Narrators make or break audiobooks. I’ve DNFed audiobooks that I should’ve loved the content of just because the narrator was grating. Not every narrator is for everyone, you might prefer a certain type of voice. Testing out different audiobooks is the only way to do it. Personally, I prefer not to listen to audiobooks with masculine narrators. Often, I feel like masculine narrators lack range. I cannot stand to hear them attempt to do feminine voices as it can come off quite forced
(the worst audiobook experience I’ve had was listening to a masculine narrator attempt to do the voice of the heroine moaning during sex….. I have nightmares about it).
Get Out of your genre Comfortzone
I’ve listened to just about every genre and category of audiobooks to see what I liked. The results of that were surprising. I found out that Young Adult audiobooks are hit or miss with me, and that I love Non-Fiction Audiobooks. I’ve found that the format helps the reading experience so much. You might be surprised by what you do and don’t like when it comes to Audiobooks. You might swear by Science Fiction, but then find out you love Historical Audiobooks. Don’t write off audiobooks just because your favorite genre doesn’t translate as well in audiobook form.
This Giveaway is open internationally. One person will win all three of the audiobooks pictured above: The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen, and Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. Ends 11/28/17.
- I maintain the right to end/suspend the giveaway at any time, without choosing a winner.
- I am not accountable for what happens to the package once I ship it out. USPS can be evil. I can’t control what happens to the package once it safely leaves my hands. (Although, I wish I could.)
- Incomplete entries or ones that have not provided the correct information will be disqualified.
- If one of the means of entry is following me on Twitter/Instagram/ or on my Blog, you may not use a Giveaway account. If you do, all your entries will be disqualified.
- The winner will be contacted either through WordPress or Email. If they do not respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be selected.