10 Reasons to Love Audiobooks

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As part of my this year’s Book Reading Challenge, I decided to go for the Audiobook Challenge 2016.  Audiobooks, as you know is a digitally recorded version of the printed paper book being read out aloud by a narrator. I dabbled into this format of book ‘reading’ earlier this year and I quite liked the experience.

Here are ten reasons to love audiobooks and why  you should listen to audiobooks…Audiobooks

  1. Listening while engaged in another activity : Audiobooks can be listened to while folding laundry, cleaning, cooking, gardening, traveling or just plain lounging… I am sure you can think of even more occasions and places when audiobooks can be enjoyed. Ok, it didn’t work for me while eating, because I missed a few words amidst the crunch of the salad.
  2. More time to ‘read’ : A crowded place may be a bit distractive to read a paper-book or eBook, but it is easier to listen to an audiobook even in a noisy place. Also you can listen to an audiobook when there’s no light or it’s lights out time. And you can listen to an audiobook when you don’t want to strain your eyes. So, you have more time for ‘reading books’.
  3. Convenience : Audiobooks are really convenient. You can have them on your phone, iPod, computer/laptop or tablet. Just like eBooks, the audio version is easy to  sync on multiple devices.
  4. Better listening skills : “I remind myself every morning : Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I am going to learn, I must do it by listening. – Larry King” Audiobooks help in learning to listen and concentrate on verbal messages as you hear every little detail in audiobook. Listening to audiobooks makes you a better listener!
  5. Accents  and pronunciation : Listening to audiobooks makes you familiar with accents and pronunciation of words. I liked comparing the American  way of saying words to that of the British. Offhand I remember pondering over these words… civilization, harassment, example, can’t, mobile etc.
  6. Storytelling : You can listen to sample of an audiobook before buying and that introduced me to the style of narrator. I realized that a narrator actually sets the tone of the book and makes the story come to life. This made me aware of the art of storytelling. As listeners, you  hear the variations in the tone, different voices for different characters and actually think of the characters speaking to you. And all this makes the experience more vivid for the listener. Also, a voice communicates more than reading the words in the book and the best example of that is sarcasm and humor!
  7. Great way to fall asleep : I listen to audiobooks before going to bed and I found that it help me fall asleep better. Yeah, no kidding!
  8. Speed of ‘Reading” :  It doesn’t take as long to listen to a book as it would to read it. Yes, you listen to a book much faster than reading one. Additionally the feature to increase the speed at which the narration is read, allows you to cut down the reading time of a 2 hour book to 1 hour!
  9. Better medium to read certain genres/ books : Books with concepts or autobiographies or books which have great content but hard to read, make for good listening. I listened to Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres which has life lessons narrated by Ellen herself. I think, I found the book more interesting while listening to it because I am sure that some of the jokes shared in the book would not have translated well on paper.
  10. Greener option : Audio books help you to go green. Yes, you save trees when you choose audiobooks.

I am still a big fan of paper books though the scales are tilting towards eBooks now, but I find that audiobooks are a great addition to my reading life!

Have you ever tried audiobooks? What’s your take on this?

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16 thoughts on “10 Reasons to Love Audiobooks

  1. What lovely points in favour of audio books. I confess I haven’t listened to any audio books but I am a recent convert to podcasts and the points above are all relevant to them. I listen to them before I fall asleep and find them wonderful to add on to my laundry and cleaning chores.

    • Aha! Since you listen to podcasts, listening to audiobooks would be a breeze for you, Shailaja. Do check them out! Thanks. Glad you enjoyed reading this post!

  2. I have never read an audio book, in fact I could not warm up to Kindle also much but that was mainly because of the ‘unlimited’ subscription that I got into.. let me also try this out.. thanks for the info Shilpa…

    • Aah! My love for Kindle is legendary! I started out with great trepidation and now I dont want to read anything that is not on my Kindle. 😀 Try out Kindle once again, Rekha and of course do check out Audiobooks too 🙂

  3. I love audiobooks and hope one day that all of my books will grow up to become audiobooks. I especially like listening in the car on long trips. Cracker Barrel in particular is a great place to rent audiobooks because you can rent one in, say, Georgia and return it in North Carolina. Last time I did it they were five dollars for a month rental!

  4. I have never tried and quite wary of doing so. I believe making some sleep and pronunciation really helps. I am quite averse to change…hehe and in fact leap to kindle was quite a big deal for me. Glad to read about the 10 reasons.

  5. Never ever tried, but my brother has been egging me on as well. Perhaps I will (not sure I will like, or if I do, even accept it :P). I’m one of those who refuses to even read on Kindle because I cant feel/smell the paper 😛

  6. I haven’t listened to any audio books. I don’t know what’s stopping me from doing it. But somehow I never tried. I am loving my Kindle for now, but your points make me want to try it out at least once. Could you suggest me some light read perhaps?

  7. You know what..I’m sold. I’ve been waiting for a nudge to convince me about audio books, and I think you may have just done that.
    Thanks, Shilpa!

  8. I always get distracted and have to keep rewinding when I try to listen to audio. It was a pain to listen mp3 files of my NLP course for the same reason. Looking at a page and reading keeps me glued and focussed. To each his own I guess. But I love your post on how audio books are great!

  9. I always get distracted and have to keep rewinding when I try to listen to audio. It was a pain to listen mp3 files of my NLP course for the same reason. Looking at a page and reading keeps me glued and focussed. To each his own I guess. But I love your post on how audio books are great!

  10. Wow!I think i will love audio books ….switching off lights and hearing to the narrator , i would be reminded of my grand’moms story telling session in nights…but no shilpa, i hav’nt experienced audio books for adults although i bought them for my children when they were young, it helped them with diction and modulation like karadi tales. will share with you a video of gulzaar saab on loss of physical book reading.

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