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[Discussion] My Love Affair with Audiobooks

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Yesterday, as I was scrolling through my Twitter feed, I saw a post by one of the book bloggers I follow pretty closely. She was talking about her recent introduction to audiobooks. And, as her posts usually do, it got me thinking . . . I have heard so many people say in challenges or other bookish conversations that they weren’t quite sure about audiobooks, or if they counted toward a challenge.

My answer? Absolutely!

If you have children, you have probably been told many times that it’s very important to read to them. It’s how they learn, how they are exposed to new ideas. To me, audiobooks are the same thing, except catered more toward adults. The narrator is essentially reading the book to you. And some of them, like your parents when you’re younger, even do the voices for different characters!

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For the record, I used to be extremely wary of audiobooks. I thought “hey, I’m a reader and a writer. But listening to an audiobook? Now, that’s just nerdy.” Yes, that’s what I thought. Don’t hate. I have since been reformed 🙂 It happened when I listened to my first audiobook, Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. My favorite part of that book was how [the narrator] changed her voice when Brimstone spoke. Or Issa. Or Twiga. She gave them all distinct voices, making me feel like I was right there in Brimstone’s shop. It was such an experience. And don’t even get me started on Andrea Emmes’ narration of The Transcend Time Saga

That being said, it isn’t always convenient for me to listen to audiobooks. Ever heard that old saying that goes something like “silence is golden, until you’re a parent. Then it’s suspicious”? Lady Quinn is 2, Mister Chu is 4. Needless to say, it’s not often convenient for me to give my attention to an audiobook when they are awake. The solution? Whispersync. Essentially, you purchase a Kindle book and, if the audio is available, you purchase it through Amazon at a serious discount (I have gotten audiobooks for as little as a couple dollars!). Then, open the Kindle book, download the audio and you can listen or read, or both! Best. Invention. Ever. I find that this works really well with fantasy books (or even some sci-fi) because character names can be a little different  and there is often a lot of information to absorb. I like to read it while listening because I am able to immerse myself in the story easier.

So, why the wariness over audiobooks? I remember a similar discussion when e-books really started becoming popular. There were many people who snubbed them (I have seen many bloggers – big or small – do this still. They accept only hard copies of books for review. The only thing I can say to that is you’re missing out.) The same thing seems to be happening with audiobooks, though I admit I don’t understand it. I have heard people say that it just doesn’t feel like reading to them. I just don’t see it that way . . . anymore. To me, audiobooks do not make the book any less. Quite the opposite, actually. The experience is so much more!

These are, of course, only my opinions on this topic. So, let’s strike up a discussion. What do you think? Are you for or against audiobooks? Why? Leave your answers in the comments below and please, remember to respect everyone’s opinions. No one person is right or wrong.

So let’s chat! And don’t forget to go check out Cia’s post about her introduction to audiobooks!

31 thoughts on “[Discussion] My Love Affair with Audiobooks”

  1. I’m not a big fan of audio books. That said, I haven’t tried many. I found it annoying when the narrator did voices for the characters. It took away from the story for me. I like to imagine the scenes and characters in my head, and struggle doing that with audio books. I guess it depends on the book though. Like I said, I’ve not had much experience. I did like that I could multi task though. Listen whilst ironing or cooking for example. I will definitely try more. Just need to find the right ones.

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  2. Ha, my husband than argued with me about how audiobooks couldn’t count towards my books read. I was in shock.. He argued that I wasn’t the one who actually read it so it couldn’t count. I countered with well then do I count all the kids bedtimes stories, because I read those? He had no response.I know I agree with you that they most certainly do count towards my reading count. I’m enjoying this new found way of books. I even caught my 12 year sn listening in and asking if he could listen to it when I finished. I ‘m excited to see what other books cross my path in audiobook format.

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  3. So glad you’re reformed! I’m 100 percent for audiobooks. I don’t have much commuting to do these days, but I still keep an audiobook on my phone at all times. I listen most often when doing dishes or chores out in the yard. With little ones at home myself, there’s unfortunately not a ton of other listening time to be had.
    It’s strange to me that some people sneer at audiobooks as not real reading. I mean, sure, you’re not staring at ink tattooed on a dead tree, but you’re still getting the story, which is what it’s all about!
    Overdrive and Whispersyn are two of the best things in the world. Also, the Harry Potter audiobooks are absolutely the BEST way to experience the wizarding world–better than the paper books and the movies. People might say otherwise, but that just means that they’re wrong. 😉

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  4. I agree! Audiobooks do count towards book read but they increase the experience for me at times. I loved Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan (music enhanced the experience) its a YA book. Claire Danes was amazing for The Handmaid’s Tale and right now I am listening to The Hate U Give with an top Audible narrator.

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