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.

The Lightning Thief The Sea of Monsters

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, narrated by Jesse Bernstein | The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan, narrated by Jesse Bernstein

02. Exercising

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.

You The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie

You by Caroline Kepnes, narrated by Santino Fontana | The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley, narrated by Angela Dawe

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.

Sword of Shannara Me Before You

The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks, narrated by Scott Brick | Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, narrated by Full Cast

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.

Gardens of the Moon Deadhouse Gates

Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson, narrated by Ralph Lister | Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson, narrated by Ralph Lister

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.

Tigerheart The Girl with All the Gifts

Tigerheart by Peter David, narrated by Simon Vance | The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey, narrated by Flinty Williams

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. 😉

The House of Scorpion A Natural History of Dragons

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, narrated by Raúl Esparza | A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan, narrated by Kate Reading

07. Multitasking

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.

hillhouse Pretty Little Dead Girls

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, narrated by Bernadette Dunne | Pretty Little Dead Girls by Mercedes M. Yardley, narrated by Khristine Hvam

08. Convenient

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.

The Raven Boys The Serpent Sea

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, narrated by Will Patton | The Serpent Sea by Martha Wells, narrated by Chris Kipiniak

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.

Acacia Steelheart

Acacia by David Anthony Durham, narrated by Dick Hill | Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, narrated by MacLeod Andrews

10. Traveling

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.

Palace Job This Song Will Save Your Life

The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes, narrated by Justine Eyre | This Song Will Save Your Life by Rebecca Lowman

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28 Comments on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Reasons I Love Audiobooks

    • It takes some time to get used to listening, but everyone isn’t a fan of listening. That’s okay. You made an effort, so that’s cool. 🙂

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  1. OOh nice! Those are good reasons for loving audiobooks! I personally never got into them. Mostly because when I do travel and drive places, my mind tends to wander. Even with music, so I feel an audiobook would have me drifting. I can’t seem to be read to anymore! LOL! But still, great reasons!

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  2. amen, Amen, AMEN! Audios are awesome for all those reasons! Great article!

    BTW, if you haven’t listened to Harry Potter before, be prepared to have a new favorite narrator. 😉

    How do you managed to do all those things and read all the books you do!! I’m amazed and completely jealous. 😉

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    • Thank you!

      This will be the first time I’m listening to the Harry Potter series. I’ve read it many years ago, so I’m excited to listen to the audiobook with my kids. I think we’ll enjoy it. 😀

      Audiobooks make everything possible. I fit them in during any time I can devote to them. Right now, I’ve been listening to them a lot at my daughter’s softball practices, exercise, and driving.

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  3. Awww Tiara, that is the sweetest story about your son and Fool Moon! It’s so nice that you and your family can listen to audiobooks together.

    The surviving traffic and traveling ones are my main reasons for listening to audiobooks: I take the bus pretty much everywhere and it gets real dull if you don’t have something to keep you entertained (and reading a physical book on transit upsets my stomach because I’m a baby). I also like to listen to them while I cook! 🙂

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    • Thank you! I’m glad they really liked the audiobook format. Maybe I caught them young enough being they’re at that age where they enjoy people reading to them still. It’s been a great family bonding experience.

      It’s very good audiobooks are around for you to listen to on the bus. We don’t really have a great transportation system where I live, but when I visit my friends in bigger cities, I tend to use public transportation to meet up with them various places. Audiobooks and music have been a lifesaver during my trips.

      Cooking is another great activity for audiobook listening if you’re making things on autopilot. Didn’t think of that one, but yes, definitely! 😀

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    • For me, it just depends on the book. Some books are so easy to listen to while doing other things, but some require more attention than other books.

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  4. I’ve been trying to get into audiobooks for a while, but I never found a good situation to listen to them. My commute time is pretty short, and I don’t really go to the gym. Maybe I should start going to the gym…

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    • It’s all about you. Some people like to listen before bed. Some people listen in the shower, while doing chores, while cooking, etc.These situations are also a matter of if this is what you want to spend those few minutes or so listening to an audiobook. 🙂

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  5. Even though I tend to get distracted when listening to audio, I can see the very practical applications of listening vs. reading, but I think that the first reason you listed – bonding with your kids over a book you all enjoy – is the absolute best! Reading that segment brought a big smile on my face 🙂

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    • Thank you. My kids are a huge reason that I got so into audiobooks. We’ve listened to lots of books together, and now audiobooks just feel natural. I definitely understand getting distracted while listening, I used to be the same way. Depending on the book in question, sometimes I am still the same way.

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  6. Nailed it all. These days I prefer much of my epic fantasy in audio because getting through 700+ pages is a lot more convenient in this format, so #3 is huge for me. Also #7 because I’m an obsessive multitasker…I feel like I need to engage all my senses at once!

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    • I’m the same way. I try to get through all my longer books in audio format now, That has been the most helpful thing of all, especially since there are so many longer books that I want to finish.

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  7. I’m glad you love audio – The Cracked Amulet is coming out in audio in the Autumn. Very excited. My son loves to listen to books while house painting and gardening and the like. I’ve tried listening to one, but whoever was doing the reading was a bit hopeless and I got put off. Just shows how important it is to get a really good reader for any book going audio.

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    • A good narrator makes all the different with a book. I think that’s what might’ve put me off audiobooks for so long, too. One of many reasons anyway.

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  8. I am totally in love with audiobooks and they have completely changed my book consumption and many aspects of my life! I shouted “Yes, Me too!” to every item on your list except the family thing because I don’t have kids but I can totally see what an awesome thing that is for you and your kids to share!

    Simon Vance is great but I think my favorite narrator is Katherine Kellgren. I would add that audiobooks have made it more possible for me to start to re-read some of my favorites which I hadn’t done really any of in the last 10 years. The ability to multi-task and slip it in is so great!

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  9. I’ve only listen to maybe 2 books read by Katherine Kellgren, and the first one, she narrated it really weird. The Queen of Tearling, I think it was. It was such a strange reading, but the second one I listened to by her was awesome. I need to listen to some other books by her. I would love to listen to some rereads. Well, I guess Harry Potter will be my first experience with that.

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