My love/hate Relationship with Audiobooks

Audiobooks. Love em or Hate em?

I will admit. I have dabbled in the thrill of audiobooks via the Audible App. At times I love it. Other times I realise I’ve missed several pages of a chapter when I accidentally tune out whilst listening.

I have listened to several audio books that stick out to me:

  •  The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
  • The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena  **FYI – I  LOVED this book**
  • I See You by Claire McIntosh  – did not love ↓

and some others, which I can’t recall right now.

The pros…

Audiobooks are convenient, in our age of multitasking you can have your hands free to do anything whilst listening. Audiobooks are entertaining, sometimes the accents and tone of voice can really catch your attention. The Wife Between Us audiobook is kinda cool because it switches from adults to a child’s voice (adult doing a child’s voice) and it worked quite well. Audiobooks are also great for giving your eyes a rest, so if you look at a computer screen all day you might want a break from reading  and they are fabulous for that.

The cons…

Maybe it’s just me…but at times I get distracted very easily whilst listening. Usually, it’s because I’m multitasking (ugh) whilst listening and walking, cleaning or getting ready for work at the same time and I miss key moments. I find this really frustrating because I never really know if it’s just that I’m not into the book or the story or that I haven’t paid close enough attention. So the multitasking pro above,  can also be a con depending on how you listen. Audiobooks also aren’t great if you are someone who processes information mostly visually (which is me). Think about your own learning, do you prefer to read information and look at graphs, models and scribble notes as you read? You might be a visual learner vs someone who learns by listening to lectures or discussions.

What am I listening to?

I’m currently listening to The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. This audiobook was free with a new subscription to Scribd (more info about Scribd once I’ve used it more). Given the genre is self-help, this could be why I’m having some difficulty focusing. I don’t think I’m taking in all the information and advice while just listening. I’m taking lots of notes whilst listening (almost to the extent of writing the book again) which brings me back to my point of needing to see things in writing in order to process information. I like the messages in the book so far ( I don’t think it really needs profanity to sell it, but let’s be honest, that’s likely why it is so popular). There will be a full review when I’ve finished it. I want to love audiobooks more, but I really do have a love/hate relationship  with them.

Your Thoughts?

What are your thoughts or feelings about audiobooks? Do you listen? What are you doing whilst listening? Any tips or suggestions for great audiobooks? Comment below and let me know!

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