Confessions of an Addict [27]: Audiobooks

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It started with Sync, a website that offers free audiobook downloads for a period of time. Time seems to tick by faster, and work days became increasingly bearable – and short. It turns out, I listen just as fast as I can read. Ever since then, I’ve developed a taste for a different kind of storytelling. I supposed, depending on the narrator, an audiobook has the ability to sell an otherwise, dry novel. Novels that feature intricate world building, and if the book is a part of a series, a recap of the past.

But now, this taste is becoming an addiction. I am finding myself buying audio copies of books that I already have.

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Like this one, for example. City of Heavenly Fire comes at an excess of 700 pages. I have a hardback copy that weighs probably at least two pounds. Cry me a river, right? My point is, as much as audiobooks are a good way to read and multitask at the same time, they are even more convenient than an e-reader.

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I used to be so a purist; the kind of reader who scoffs at technology as a way to read books. Gone are those days. I’ve learned to accept the benefits of lugging an entire library in my purse without breaking my back. Though my Kindle have been seeing less use this days, it comes handy at night; when I want to stay up and read without disturbing the chorus of snores and teeth-grinding  from my better half. Which brings me to an even better benefit of listening to audiobooks instead of reading on a Kindle at night: its capacity to drown out the background noise.

I also like to listen while I drive. Though, it drives the kids crazy. I have to be careful of any inappropriate language and situations that kids can hear.

In conclusion, I find myself with a brand new addiction, ladies and gents. Synchronized reading and listening enhances the experience of submerging yourself in a book. And if I’m lucky, a narrator with a British accent makes for a soothing listening.

  • Welcome to the club 😀 I love audiobooks and probably listen to books just as much as I read them. I have a long commute which is where I get most of my listening done, but i’ll also workout to audiobooks on occasion, or just relax to them. Not all narrators are good but there are some really really great ones out there that have really made a book for me. I love it! It’s also nice that libraries are starting to offer a good collection of audiobooks, either for download, or via CD/playaway. I don’t buy that many of my audiobooks (unless via Whispersync) because they can get really pricey. I think I might ask for an Audible membership for Christmas 🙂 One more thing while I am ranting, audiobooks are also great for rereads! I want to reread Harry Potter this way! Ok rambling over 🙂

  • Audio books are great! I’m a complete junkie now. I’ve listen to over 70 this year.

  • I think it’s awesome that you’re obsessed with audiobooks! I’ve been trying to get into them for awhile, but for some reason it just isn’t working for me 😛 If you have any FAVORITE audiobooks, let me know so I can keep them in mind 😀

  • Christy

    Oooh no, a new addiction. 😉 I’ve listened to a few and have some waiting to be listened to, but I’m not big on them. I often find myself needing to rewind because I get distracted and stop listening. And it hate not being able to highlight passages. The only books I PREFER on audio is the Iron Druid Chronicles. Luke Daniels does a fantastic job! He IS Atticus, not just reading to me.

  • I’ve tried audiobooks years ago, Joy, and couldn’t concentrate on one enough to enjoy it. I picked one up more cautiously a month ago, and it was a God send! Especially now, that I need to process large quantities of our harvest and I can do it with pleasure while listening to a book. It especially works well with big tomes of fantasy :))) but I have to choose the narrator very carefully. If they are bad, the whole book is a no go.

  • I’ve been an audiobook junkie for a couple of years now, and although I love my newest addiction, it’s a little more expensive than my paperback one. I think they are a great way to re-experience some of your favourite reads because they make the story feel new again, so I am all for buying both versions.

  • I have tried to get into audio books but I think I just enjoy the act of reading too much to be able to get used to it. I tried Scorpio Races on audio but couldn’t get into it because the accent was different to the voice I usually imagine in my head. Great to hear you are able to multi task with it though!

  • I have a big audio book addiction, Joy!! Glad you’re becoming a fellow junkie! 🙂 I used to just listen on my commute which is 45 min-1 hour each way, but now I listen when I’m making dinner, getting ready or even doing laundry. I use my headphones so I’m not bothering any of my family, plus I don’t have to worry about language or dying of embarrassment from a steamy scene! I have an audible account, but I find that a lot of times if you purchase a kindle edition you can get the audio version with it for a very reduced cost. Sometimes as low as $1.99!

  • Zoe

    I feel like I’m the only reader in the world who isn’t necessarily an audiobook fan. I’ve tried an audiobook or two in the past, but for me personally, I really like the feel of a physical book, you know? Although I can imagine that if you really like them that they can be extremely useful and entertaining. Thanks for sharing Joy, and, as always, BRILLIANT post! <3

  • I only tried one audiobook but I think it’s not for me it takes me too long to finish listening a book.

  • I used to favor audiobooks but with my job, it’s hard to concentrate. So the only books I listened to were HP 1 to 7.

  • I never was able to get into audio books, they go too slowly for me sometimes

  • Hello, my name is Maja and I’m an audiobook addict! I listen to books while I vacuum, work around the house, flat iron my hair (hey! It’s a process), drive, and just about everything else you can think of. They make my life so much more pleasant. And I too listen to books I already own on paper. It’s just different! So much better sometimes.

  • Ack. Amazing post Joy 😀 Thank you for sharing. <3 And aw. I love that you are loving listening to audiobooks 🙂 I have yet to do so.. but I want to, one day. <3 I just love reading hardcovers too much, lol. But ohh. Doing both sounds awesome 🙂

  • I’ve never listened to an audiobook but I’m thinking of trying one out. I know a lot of bloggers love it so maybe I will too? 🙂

  • I’m so happy you finally got addicted to audiobooks!!! Now you have to get The Lumatere Chronicles! 🙂

  • I wish I could get into these as much as everyone else but for some reason when I listen to them my mind starts to wander and before I know it I missed a ton of what was going on. It makes me sad too because I know I would get so much more read if I could listen to books while doing housework or working out. 🙁 So glad you are loving these though! Maybe I should give them another try?

  • I think I might actually pick up an audiobook! They looks so fun and it’s nice not having to carry that book!

    Happy Reading
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves