This week’s topic is: Audiobooks FAQ
My journey with audiobooks: I’m one of those people who just could not listen to audiobooks. I could sit there and listen to a story but my mind just wanders all over the place. I would remember I was listening to a book and then have to rewind. Try repeating that 700 million times. It just wasn’t working out. In January 2019, I decided that this was the year of audiobooks. I wanted to be able to listen to audiobooks when reading wasn’t an option. So I waited until bedtime and crawled into bed. I turned off the tv, electronics, the lights (except my lamp), etc. I also chose a novella because I think that’s best to start out with. Don’t start out with a 1,000 page story because you aren’t used to listening quite yet. Anywho, I chose my novella and just laid there listening to the story. This is what it took for it to “click” with me. I didn’t use a faster speed or anything like that either. I just took it nice and slow. Finally I was able to start listening while cleaning. Before I knew it, I had finished my first audiobook and actually understood what happened in it!!! I was so proud of myself!!!! I graduated from bedtime in the dark listening to listening during the day while doing certain tasks. Cleaning, doing laundry, cooking, etc. That’s where I’m at now. I’m not at the point of driving while listening and not sure if I’ll ever be. I don’t really like driving so I like to be totally focused and don’t want to zone out while listening to a book. That’s just me, I know others are more than capable of doing this without any dangers. I’m just not at that point yet. So basically, I’ve been where you are (if you’re struggling). I would start a book and my mind would just start thinking about EVERYTHING. I recommend trying what worked for me and seeing if you have any luck with it. Keep me posted on your progress!! I’d love to hear how it’s working for you!!
How I listen: I usually listen to audiobooks through my phone. I have several apps that I listen to (read me romance, overdrive, audible, etc). I haven’t yet attempted to listen to an audiobook while driving. I just don’t need that kind of pressure lol!!
Places I listen to audiobooks: Read me Romance app/podcast , Overdrive, my library has some audiobooks on cds, Audible, Scribd, and sometimes authors have audio tours for advance copies of books as well. Also, my library has the option to get books from other libraries called Interloan. Maybe you can request some audiobooks that way or even ask your library to purchase ones you are interested in?
Is listening to audiobooks reading? OF COURSE IT IS!!! If you wear glasses are you actually seeing?? YES!!! Just because you use a different method, that doesn’t mean you aren’t really seeing. It’s the same concept.
Favorite Narrator: Shane East hands down. I’m soo in love with his voice. It’s so sexy AND he has an accent. YES PLEASE!
Female narrator wise, I don’t have a stand out favorite. I haven’t listened to that many narrators yet but I’m sure I’ll eventually have a preference. I really liked Tracey Marks and Sophie Eastlak, so I’ll pick those two for now 🙂
How and when do you find you listen to audiobooks? I usually listen when I’m cleaning or doing other household tasks. Something that doesn’t require my full attention and that I can do on autopilot. I sometimes listen right before going to sleep with all the lights out while laying in bed.
I hope this post helps some of you. I’ve been there, trust me!!! I’d love to chat about audiobooks with you all. Leave me some comments below ❤