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!
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!