Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Reasons I Love Audiobooks
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This week’s topic: Ten Reasons I Love [X]
It’s Audiobook Month! So, I like to do the TTTs during this month with an audiobook twist. I’ll follow each example with books I listened to that pertain to that particular point.
01. Family Reading Time
This is a firm #1 for me, and it’s the reason that I became such a lover of audiobook in the last two years. A couple of years back, I decided to listen to Fool Moon (The Dresden Files #2) when I had to make a long commute for work over a period of two days. I didn’t completely finish that book during that time, but once I was back home, I started listening to it on my commute while dropping my son off at school and continuing on to work. I had no idea that he was even paying attention to what I was listening to until one day, while I was dropping him off at school, he pleaded for me not to listen to the rest of Fool Moon without him. Without mentioning anything to me, he’d gotten super invested in the story, and he knew I was nearing the end because it was getting very tense. He couldn’t bear for me to listen to it without him. That’s when I decided I needed to find us something else to listen to, and we started listening to the Percy Jackson series together. We’ve been a little slow in our listening and have listened to other books, but we’ve recently finished the series (along with my daughter) and plan to start the Harry Potter series soon. I’ve noticed that listening to stories has been absolutely amazing for their retention, and they’re always so excited and involved in the stories.
I’m being a bit more health conscious these days and try to keep a regular walking, running, and dancing routine going. While dancing I’m totally into the music and the activity, walking and running can sometimes turn into dull affairs, though. I listen to music a lot during these activities, but I’m also starting to listen to more audiobooks. In particular, I love Zombies, Run! It’s an exercise app with a story. So, it’s basically an audiobook with some interludes during which I can listen to my own music. It’s wonderfully done and I can’t recommend it enough for people into fitness who often walk or run.
03. Hammering Down on Longer Titles/Books I Would’ve Skipped
Audiobooks have been a lifesaver when it comes to knocking out books that are fairly lengthy, books that I would’ve ordinarily skipped, or both. Audiobooks are probably the only reason that I bit the bullet and picked up Terry Brooks’ Shannara series. I doubt if I’d been handed that book by anyone that I would’ve actually sat down and read it, and despite my low star rating of the first book, I did enjoy the story for the amusement that I got out of it. I’m a fast reader with a wide literary taste by nature, but some books I just turn my nose up at for various reason. With audiobooks, I find that I am more willing to actually give books a chance and will listen to them longer that I would’ve read them. Many times I’m pleasantly surprised about how much I end up enjoying stories that I wouldn’t have read.
04. Immersive Reading
You’d be surprised how well a good narration will make passages read different and be more understandable. I find that things I might not have found funny in a reading is absolutely funny in a narration. An emotion that I might not have considered in a passage can come through during a narration. I’ve found that some things just make more sense when I listen to them than when I read them. Combining reading with listening helps a ton.
05. Excellent Narrators
Simon Vance is pretty much my narrator to rule them all, but over the years, I have come to love many voices. It’s always exciting to hear a new or even an old favorite because you wonder what they’re going to bring to the table in each story.
06. Surviving Traffic
I don’t have a very long commute to work unless I’m working out of town, but even those twenty minutes are great for fitting in snatches of an audiobook. My kids mostly ride the bus now, but when I take them to school or to their events, we’re listening to an audiobook. If I’m shopping or running errands, I’m listening to an audiobook during my rides. I find I’m also less likely to break the speed limit when I’m listening to an audiobook as well. 😉
I’ve learned to start filling my time that doesn’t require much brain power with an audiobook mostly during things like gaming (during mundane fetch quests/gathering facets of a game), mindless data entry, and cleaning. You’d be surprise how quickly those few minutes of listening add up.
I’m a wife, mother, a blogger, and a full-time employee with a fairly demanding job. I’m trying to take better care of my health, and I have other interests and hobbies. Sometimes, I find I just don’t have the time or the will to sit down with a paperback or an epub after dealing with my life responsibilities. Sometimes, I get tired of staring at words after a long day at work where I’m looking at paperwork all day long. Audiobooks to the rescue! I can listen to them whenever I can snatch a moment or while I’m doing other things that will allow me to spare some brain power to listen.
09. More Time Reading
This goes hand-in-hand with convenience. I took a semi-hiatus from this site that lasted almost a year in 2014. In 2015 I was back, but work started demanding more of my time. That cut into my reading time. My work life is almost always pretty busy at certain times of the year like clockwork, which means I have less time to sit down with a book. To combat that this year, I’ve started listening to more audiobooks even at work sometimes, which I didn’t think about doing last year. This has allowed me to stay on top of my reading this year where I’d slowed down significantly last year. It’s still a little bit of a struggle at times balancing work and life with reading, but audiobooks have lessened the burden and allowed me to feel accomplished in my reading life.
Aside from commuting, audiobooks have been great for my travels whether I’m listening to a book while on my way to a destination or sitting on the beach soaking up some sunshine, I have an audiobook handy to enjoy during those times. Long flight? Audiobook. Long drive? Audiobook. Subway ride in NYC to meet a friend while I’m visiting the city? Audiobook.