Five Reasons I Love Audiobooks
I listen, on average, to one or two audiobooks a month. I love them. Every now and then, I meet someone who’s never listened to an audiobook but has always wanted to.
But for whatever reason, it’s hard to get into the practice or habit of listening to audiobooks when you’re not used to it, especially when other forms of entertainment are out there (and I love listening to a good podcast or binging a Netflix show, too!).
So I’m hoping this post will inspire you to listen to an audiobook—to just start. I’ll make another post soon about ways you can make the most out of your audiobooks, but in the meantime, here’s why I loooooove audiobooks.
1. Narrative-driven audiobooks can be incredibly immersive.
Sometimes you get a dud (pro listener tip: ALWAYS sample the narrator first), but for the most part, listening to a story can pull you in much faster than physically reading, especially if you’re reading historical fiction, fantasy, or any kind of book with more complex world building. I find if I listen to a book to learn how to pronounce the characters’ names, locations, et cetera—and I hear the accents, the emotion, the tension building—I get hooked on the story. If you’re new to audiobooks, I wouldn’t suggest starting out with fantasy; you may be too distracted at first to get into really intense world building. But for historical fiction or literary fiction, it can really pull you in to what would otherwise be a “slow burn.”
2. You can listen to audiobooks anywhere at any time.
This is my top #1 reason why I love audiobooks. I listen to audiobooks while I grocery shop, drive, fold laundry, clean the kitchen. I also listen to audiobooks late at night before bed when I wouldn’t otherwise be reading because, y’all, I am not a night reader and would just fall asleep after 9 p.m. if I tried to read. Depending on the app you use, you can download your audiobooks and listen on airplane trips, road trips . . . literally anywhere.
3. Audiobooks help you get more done.
I’ve talked about the pomodoro technique before, which is basically a timer method for productivity. You can build audiobook listening into this timer-planning technique! Tell yourself you’ll listen to the end of the chapter, or listen for twenty minutes or one hour, and clean while you listen or do whatever it was you were hoping to get done. Listening to audiobooks makes the mundane tasks that are still important sooo much more enjoyable.
4. Audiobooks allow you to rest. Your. Eyes.
This is a “no duh” kind of point, I know, but for this book editor, it’s a game changer. I am on my screen, meticulously editing or proofing, all day every day. At the end of my work day, sometimes I just don’t want to deal with the eye strain to read a book, even if I’m hungry for story. My eyes get the rest they need when I stare off into space or go out for a walk after work, and I can still be “reading.” It’s just a wonderful solution for anyone who wants to be reading but also needs to wind down for the day. Some people find physically reading the best way to wind down, but like I said, sometimes your eyes just can’t take it!
5. Audiobooks can resurrect the dreaded DNF.
I’m not particularly bothered by the occasional DNFed book (DNF = Did Not Finish), but I know for some people, putting down a book you aren’t loving is hard. I’ve actually given books a second chance by switching up the format from physically reading to listening, and it’s completely changed my perspective! Along those same lines, I sometimes try my “wild card” books out on audio if I’m not sure I’m going to like it or not. I usually just make sure to borrow the audiobook instead of buy it. For some reason, starting an audiobook feels like less of an investment than physically reading it (to a certain extent). Just me?
I could keep going with this list, but I hope this inspired you—whether you’re an avid listener of audiobooks or you’re hoping to start listening to audiobooks. Keep an eye out soon for a post on ideas for integrating audiobook listening into your everyday life, and let me know in the comments why you love audiobooks. <3
Happy reading (and listening)! x