Audiobooks: Five Reasons to Flail About Them

by | 24 May 2019 | Books, Life | 14 comments

People have been telling me that I should get into audiobooks forย years.

I always listened politely, but I wasn’t really sure about it.ย Audiobooks just weren’t my thing, okay? Or so said Wise Jane Who Had Never Tried One In Her Life. (Other than in the car on long trips with the whole family.)

Well guys, Wise Jane was wrong. (Not So Wise After All.)

 

I started my first (personal) audiobook on Tuesday of this week: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, which has been on my tbr for at least three years. And right away, I realised why everyone has been trying to drag me (kicking and screaming as I was) into the world of audiobooks. In other words: I was blown away.

Since I’m clearly an expert on audiobooks after three and a half days, I’m here to do my bit and dragย you into this listening world too. Or if you already listen to audiobooks, I’m here to just flail with you because they’re sheer genius, and I just hadn’t noticed for far too long. ๐Ÿ˜

 

It’s like someone reading aloud to you

I don’t know about you, but my mum and dad used to read books to me all the time and it was the greatest! Obviously, an audiobook can never replace the relationship quality of being read to, but it’s still pretty cool, and there’s something fun about hearing someone doing all the different voices for the characters and just letting them tell you a story.

 

A break for your aching eyeballs

Sometimes I feel like my life is staring at words on paper or on the computer. Whether it’s reading for pleasure, reading to edit, or working on my own novels. I try spend time where my eyes can take a break, but audiobooks are actually a genius way to get in some pleasure reading while being active, or even just letting your eyes relax for more than a blink at a time.

 

Things get done

I’ve had a dress hanging on the end of my bed for the last few months and I had to handwash it at some point and I was just putting it off as expertly as possible.

Then I started an audiobook, and suddenly all these things which needed doing…got done. I cleaned my dress. I sorted washing. I cleaned and replaced the felt feet on the dining table chairs. I weeded the garden. I hadn’t planned on doing any of those things, but somehow they got done and it was all thanks to an audiobook.

 

You can read and exercise at the same time

I know there’s a lot of people who moan at the idea of exercise but I actually really enjoy it, so don’t mind me over here on my high horse. ๐Ÿ˜‚ But whether you enjoy it or not, exercise is good for you, so as you go for a walk, do push ups, or whatever your preferred routine is, what better way to occupy your brain than by listening to a book?

And if you don’t enjoy exercise but know you still should do it, a good book might make it more enjoyable.

 

Less getting sidetracked during personal bible reading

This is off the beaten path of fiction reading, but it’s a brand new discovery for me and I’m so excited to share it because it’s already helping me so much with my morning bible time.

I’ve been reading through the Old Testament for the last age, starting from the very beginning, and if you’ve ever read the whole Old Testament, you’ll know that there’s some bits in there which are really hard to keep focused on.

I recently heard someone say that they sometimes listen to their Bible reading and follow along at the same time, and I thought it was a really handy idea. I tried it out, and it’s so good. I find it so much easier to concentrate on the words if I’m hearing and seeing them. I can pause the audio to underline something or write down thoughts as I go. I’mย surrounded by the Word, so it’s harder for my mind to drift to other topics.

 

Have I convinced any non-audiobook-listeners yet? If not, never fear. There’s still time for you to change your mind, just like I did. ๐Ÿ˜›

 

Chat with meeee! Do you like audiobooks? What’s something you thought ‘wasn’t your style’ then realised it actually 1000% was after you tried it?

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Adventurerโ€”exploring the endless wonders of Godโ€™s beautiful creation. She started writing by accident, but since the very beginning has loved the enchantment of words on paper. If you say anything about pizza, superheroes, books, or any of her many, many fandoms, sheโ€™ll come at the double. Aside from crafting worlds using only twenty-six letters, she is a passionate Jesus-lover, freelance editor, self-trained martial artist, songwriter, and musician. In her spare time, she's often off on random adventures in the name of story research. She seeks to inspire her readers to step out and become the heroes of hope this world needs.

14 Comments

  1. Aposhipolepo

    I have not listened to a great number of audiobooks, mainly since I do not have any accounts for owning such things. I have recently listened to part of To Darkness Fled from Jill Williamson’s Blood of kings trilogy which she read herself as a podcast. the other main audiobooks i have litened to were some of the Actar books and G. A. Henty.

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    • Jane Maree

      I’m actually listening to Howl’s Moving Castle off of youtube! There might be other older books on audio there which you can listen to for free.

      I’m so excited for The Blood of Kings trilogy to be in audio!!

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  2. Evelyn Kelly

    I do craft a lot… sewing, painting, and calligraphy… sometimes even for pay, so I LOVE audiobooks. They are so handy! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Great post!

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    • Jane Maree

      That sounds like the perfect audiobook use! Do you have any fave recommendations for me??

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  3. Mem

    YES AUDIO BOOKS ARE GREAT. Although sometimes if the narrators’ voice is weird, I can’t stand listening to it. XP BUT SOME ARE AMAZING. <333 And yes. You get so much done while listening to them. XD

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    • Jane Maree

      AUDIOBOOK BUDDY! Haha, that’s so true.

      Also, some narrators talk so slow and I have to speed up the recording because otherwise I’ll probably fall asleep. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  4. Quinley

    I love audiobooks, they are so fun to listen to since I actually listened to Fantastic Beasts (the field guide version) narrated by Eddie Redmayne, and I was so happy to hear his voice for a few hours (and it helped me figure out my character’s voice so…)
    -Quinley

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    • Jane Maree

      Whooa YES. I NEED. That sounds like SUCH a cool audiobook!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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  5. Kendra Lynne @ The Wanderling

    Audiobooks are pretty amazing, especially when they’re read by Richard Armitage!! *swoons* He has the most amazing voice and I’m a huge fan of his. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m currently listening to David Copperfield on Audible read by the aforementioned, and it is absolutely PERFECT! <33

    Congrats on joining the audiobook listeners! I still prefer to read books myself (in actual physical form- no eBooks for me, please!) but listening can be a lot of fun too. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Jane Maree

      Yesss. Wow, what books does he narrate? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      Nice one! I’m realising I’ve seriously under appreciated audible all these years… ๐Ÿ˜›

      Thank you, thank you. I agree–I’m not giving up my physical books any time soon, but audibooks can be great for multitasking.

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      • Kendra Lynne @ The Wanderling

        A lot of the other books he has narrated are not ones that I would be interested in, but he has narrated a couple of other books by Charles Dickens; namely The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (which I very much would like to hear him read) and The Chimes, which I don’t know much about.

        Exactly! Audiobooks are great for when I’m washing the dishes after each meal. ๐Ÿ˜€

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        • Kendra Lynne @ The Wanderling

          Okay; immediately after I published the above comment I realised my mistake… Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were NOT written by Charles Dickens. It was Robert Louis Stevenson. XD

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        • Jane Maree

          Oh nice!!

          Washing dishes and audiobooking is a perfect combo.

          Haha–that’s totally fine. I do that all the time, honestly. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  6. Amelie Johnson

    I love your blog, Jane!! I absolutely love audiobooks. For a while, I got really bored while listening to them. Then I realized that I actually never really gave them a chance. So I gave them another go, and…I. Love. Them!! I agree completely that it helps you get stuff done (cleaning the bathroom would be a lot less enjoyable, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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