Audiobooks are great and here’s why

Hello, all! I’m here today to talk about something that recently I’ve been appreciating quite a bit: audiobooks!

I haven’t always been the biggest audiobook fan, but within the last year or so, I’ve been listening to them more than ever and recognizing them for how wonderful they are. So far in 2019, I’ve listened to 28 audiobooks (out of the 114 books I’ve read total). I’ve been able to both reread old favorites and discover new ones.

If you haven’t yet discovered the joy of audiobooks, I hope I can convince you to try them out! And if you have – that’s awesome! I hope you agree that audiobooks are, indeed, great. And here’s why.

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What’s so great about audiobooks?

I can listen to them while doing other things. Most of my audiobook listening gets done while I’m cleaning, cooking/baking, or walking/driving somewhere. Having something to do with my hands that doesn’t take my entire brain leaves space for audiobook listening. Basically, I turn on an audiobook whenever I’m doing something boring, and it has the dual benefit of making that activity a little bess boring and fitting reading into a time that would otherwise be book-less. Win-win!

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I can reread lots of books. I love rereading but I always feel a little bit guilty when it takes time away from discovering new books. With audiobooks, I can reread without feeling like I’m ignoring my massive TBR, since I can still read a new physical book at the same time. (Well, not the EXACT same time – I’m not that talented.) This year, I got to reread the Harry Potter series, the Heroes of Olympus series, and The Raven Cycle through audiobook format, and I still read plenty of new books during that time as well.

I can read books I might not otherwise pick up. Listening to an audiobook feels like slightly less of a commitment than picking up a physical book, so if I’m on the fence about a book, I might check it out on audio. For example, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds since it’s written in verse. I got the audiobook, though, and really liked it! I don’t think I would have read it if it weren’t for the audiobook.

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I can listen to nonfiction! This is tied to the last point, since nonfiction books are a category that I’ve historically struggled to pick up. Recently, though, I’ve realized that I can get around this hesitation through audiobooks, since it feels just like listening to a podcast. Loophole! I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner and I can’t wait to read all the nonfiction books I’ve been putting off. Plus, many of them are read by the authors themselves, which adds a whole new layer!

Audiobooks can be a completely unique experience. Recently, it seems like publishers have been going all out with making audiobooks special, and I’m not complaining. Listening to a story can create a new experience, especially when an audiobook includes elements like sound effects, music, or full casts. The first example that comes to mind is Sadie by Courtney Summers. Since it has a podcast element, the audiobook actually sounds like a podcast, which is so cool!

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Where do you find audiobooks?

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I get all of my audiobooks through Libby, which is run through Overdrive and helps you find audiobooks completely for free through your library. (At least in the US – not sure if/how it works in other countries.) There is usually a wait time, especially for popular books, but that just manages to keep me from checking out, like, twenty audiobooks at a time.

Libby is so easy to use: you can change the speed, bookmark places, see how long you have left in the book, and lots more. I highly recommend it! (You can also use this app for ebooks, but I just use it for audiobooks.)

Another popular audiobook source is Audible, but I don’t use that because 1) it’s run by Amazon, which personally I don’t like to support, and 2) I don’t like paying for audiobooks lol.

I’ll also give a shout-out to Libro.fm – I don’t use it, but it supports independent bookstores through audiobooks, which is what I’m all about!

Now go forth and listen, my friends.

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Do you listen to audiobooks? What do you like about them? What’s been your favorite audiobook?

x Margaret 

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17 thoughts on “Audiobooks are great and here’s why

  1. I agree with so many of these. I am lucky and can listen to audiobooks at work. I have been knocking books off my TBR left and right that way. Like you, I “read” books that I probably would not have taken a chance on. Recently, I DNFed a book, because it wasn’t working for me, but the audiobook was great, and I am glad I didn’t totally write the book off.

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  2. I started listening to audiobooks about a year ago, and I love them so much! I can read them while doing things like eating, walking, driving… just about any time when I couldn’t possibly read a physical book. Most of my reads in past 2 months have been on audio, and otherwise, I wouldn’t have read anything at all 😅 I just recently started using Libby and it’s so great! I definitely agree with everything here 😊

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  3. This year was the first time ever that I’ve tried audio books and I do really like them!! I do struggle to find time to listen to time occasionally as I listen to music sometimes instead of a book but when I’m walking my dog they are perfect. I also have an adult colouring which I rarely use but I tried it with an audio book and they were perfect together 😊
    I love your point about trying new books because that is so true– most of my audio book picks have been so different from my usual tastes and it has been a very rewarding activity!!
    And it can be a super unique experience which is awesome and helps people read more so it’s a win win!!
    I use the app Borrow Box to get audio books from my library and it so great!!
    Wonderful post and I agree with all your points!! 💛

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    1. Ooh that’s awesome that you’ve gotten into audiobooks this year! I also switch between listening to audiobooks and music a lot, but when I’m in the right mood, audiobooks are just the right thing 😀 And that’s wonderful that audiobooks have gotten you to pick up books outside of your usual tastes! Ooh, I haven’t heard of Borrow Box before, but I’ll have to check that out 😀 Thanks, Sophie!!

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  4. Audio books are amazing and I am glad to see all the point about why I love them in this post!
    I have found that with my daily commute to school, I never really got a chance to do much but think and plan and write fanfiction in my head! And then I realised that I could get through at least a chapter just on the way there by audiobooks!
    Do you have a favourite audiobook?
    – Emma 🙂

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  5. Absolutely love this post, Margaret!

    Like you, I never really explored audiobooks—for some unconscious reason, it was almost as if I was very strictly only reading “conventional” typed books? But, thanks to a human being named Ben Levi Ross and his reading of the Dear Evan Hansen audiobook (whoops), I was instantly hooked into the idea of listening to books.

    I do love the fact that I can switch on an audiobook while doing something else, whereas I wouldn’t be able to read and say bake or clean up around my house. I also really love the fact that they are so accessible and you can take them absolutely anywhere with you. I do have to say though, I for sure need to get into audiobooks more!

    Great post! ❤️

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    1. Thanks, Lauren! 😀 Yep, I had a lot of hang-ups about audiobooks for a long time too. But luckily I stumbled upon some great ones and the rest is history! (The DEH one being among them. Ben Levi Ross is a gift to humanity.)

      And yes, exactly! Multitasking is spectacular when one of those tasks is reading 😀 Thank you!! ❤

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