I started listening to audiobooks in 2015. I was fed up of listening to the same music or crappy radio shows whilst driving to work. I was desperately looking for something to fill my long car journeys. It’s not safe to watch TV shows whilst driving (for obvious reasons!) so I started listening to audiobooks instead.
I no longer have a commute to work but audiobooks are still a part of my life, particularly since I found a genre I’ve really gotten into. There will be lulls when I don’t listen to a book for a few weeks or a month but recently I’ve been clocking up some listening hours again.
I had several misconceptions about audiobooks, which I’ve come to learn are totally not true. You may find the following put you off listening to a book:
2) They’re for Kids
I remember listening to audiobooks as part of a nighttime routine as a kid. There would be special effect noises, soft music and a calm reader. It sent me to sleep. In fact I’m pretty sure this is why my parents put them on: After years of reading me bedtime stories their throats were probably tired.
I most certainly don’t feel this way now. The types of books I’ve listened to plus the sleek user interface of the audiobook app I use mean it’s far from a kid’s activity.
TIP: If you feel like audiobooks are for kids, choose a serious book or books that you would pick up at the book store. If you want to dispel this myth, maybe leave the Harry Potters until you’ve listened to a few books aimed at the older generation.
2) It’s a Bit Geeky/Nerdy
Haha. And who said being a geek was a bad thing? Forgive my judgemental stereotype but I kinda thought listening to audiobooks was a bit nerdy. There are so many different genres of books from ‘Chick-lit’, Romance, Drama, Mystery and Horror, that it is impossible to pigeon-hole the type of person that listens to audiobooks.
My favourite genre? Sci-fi & Fantasy novels! Yeah, I know… I actually surprised myself!
TIP: If you’re worried about other people’s opinions just don’t tell anyone. The first book I listened to I didn’t even tell Stuart, like it was some embarrassing secret! Now, he also listens to audiobooks and we both tell people how great they are.
3) They Are Boring
If you think this way. Then you are listening to the wrong audiobook! I have cried whilst listening to some books and laughed stupidly at others. The book I am listening to right now (Armada) literally made my skin crawl and I wanted to scoop Amelia up and run to hide behind Stuart in the other room.
TIP: Listen to a preview of the audiobook before you purchase it. A huge part of wether or not the book sounds boring is the reader. A great reader with emotion makes a huge difference to the feel of a book. I’d also recommend reading a few reviews although take them with a grain of salt as everyone’s tastes are different.
4) It is Expensive
I actually don’t find it expensive at all! We use Audible and I find the membership price is affordable and definitely worth it for me.
TIP: Stuart and I are both logged in under the same username for the audible app. We talk about what books we are interested in and choose a book that we’d both listen to. This way I feel like we get even more value out of our membership. So maybe sharing a membership with a friend or family member could be an option to make it more affordable? And yes, we talk about the books like our own little book club!
5) They’re Only for Whilst Driving
This is a misconception that I’ve only just busted. I found listening to audiobooks fantastic whilst driving but when I stopped working, I also stopped listening. Audiobooks however are coming back on my radar since faffing about on my phone whilst nursing or at bed time is too distracting for Amelia. I now listen for a bit whilst laying down with her or breastfeeding.
TIP: Think of times when you may listen to music, have the radio on or just aimlessly surf your phone… You could be listening to a book. It’s also a fantastic and relaxing activity whilst in the bath, on public transport, at the airport, on a walk or anywhere you might need hands-free entertainment.
6) It Would Be Awkward to Listen To
I’ll admit, the first time I listened to an audiobook I found it a bit cringey. As soon as I got over the feeling like I was doing something embarrassing, I soon became submerged in the story and it was no longer awkward. Now I don’t even bat an eyelid when I flick play on the latest book I’m listening to.
TIP: Once again the reader makes a huge difference to how easy a book is to listen to. Also I don’t think I could listen to anything like “50 Shades of Grey” as I would find that super awkward to hear out loud!
7) It Can’t Beat the Feel of a Book
Yes some book purists may hate the idea of audiobooks. For me however they win hands down in a contest between them and physical books. I cant remember the last time I sat down and read an actual book. In fact the last one I bought is sitting in a drawer somewhere gathering dust. Am I lazy? Maybe but who cares.
TIP: If you really feel as though audiobooks could never replace reading a book I suggest just trying it! I’d also suggest that you view it as a different activity to reading. You may still love curling up with a book but audiobooks might fill another gap in your life where you cannot sit down to read. I don’t use the feature but there is also a way to synchronise your Audible book with your Kindle book. This means you can swap between them seamlessly, which perhaps may offer you the best of both worlds.
Still Not Convinced?
Consuming the latest books hands-free plus avoiding a dusty bookshelf was almost enough to convince me to sign up. But you know what really sealed the deal?
Audible gives you ONE FREE AUDIOBOOK to try. Let me tell you, after the first book I was hooked and didn’t even contemplate cancelling my membership!
Although it sounds like it, this article is NOT SPONSORED by Audible. I pay for the service and just wanted to share it with you.