Random Thoughts on Books: Audiobooks

January 19, 2013 Random Thoughts on Books and Blogging 18

PhotobucketRandom Thoughts on Books is going to be my new feature.  It sounds exactly like what you think it is – my random thoughts on anything book related.

I can now officially say I love audiobooks.

File:Hörlurar.jpgSo I never thought I’d be an audiobook person. Ever since I was little I’ve hated being in the car while my dad listened to talk radio. It always gave me a huge unbearable headache, thus I’ve always stayed away from audiobooks, because it’s the same thing, right?

Well last year a friend (thanks, Kate!) lent me her Harry Potter audiobooks saying that she promises I will love them. So I listened to them while I worked from home. And it wasn’t a terrible experience. I still got a little bit of a headache, but nothing I couldn’t deal with. I did one other audiobook last year (Anna Dressed in Blood) that was good too, but I still didn’t make an effort to really listen to them.

For the next five months I am taking a certification course and it’s going to cut drastically into my reading time. Sometimes I’m able to read at work, but not always, and I really want to keep enjoying books. One day as I was cursing Pandora for not working properly I had an epiphany! Instead of listening to Pandora while I work I could be listening to an audiobook!

I can’t believe I haven’t been doing this all along! It’s fantastic. I actually work faster while I’m listening (because I don’t stop to check out the internet so much) which also leads to more time to read a book. It’s a total win-win!

Gillian Flynn Gone GirlI’m currently listening to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. The narrators are fantastic and the story is so intense right now that I hope to have some time to read a good chunk of it today because I’m not sure I can wait until Monday to listen to it some more.

Note: There are quite a few cuss words in Gone Girl. I’m not sure if I notice it more because I’m listening to it, or if there really are a lot, but even though I’m alone in the office when I’m listening to it it’s still a little awkward. I’ve trained myself really well to not swear in the workplace so it’s weird to hear f*ck a lot at the office.

How do you feel about audiobooks? Do you listen to them? Or do you stay away?


18 Responses to “Random Thoughts on Books: Audiobooks”

  1. Sarah Elizabeth

    I just can’t do audio books, don’t know why but they just put me to sleep! I can’t concentrate on them without my mind wandering, and I either have to go back all the tiem to try and catch something I’ve missed, or wake up realising that I’ve been asleep all afternoon! Really don’t know how people manage to listen whilst driving! No way I could do that!
    Glad that you are liking them though :)

  2. Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader

    I’ve never been able to get into audiobooks, as I just get too distracted and never pay attention to what is actually being read. That said, I think if I tried to listen to books I’ve already read I’d probably have more success with them.

    Have a great weekend.

  3. Jen Ryland/YA Romantics

    I used to think they were for people who couldn’t be bothered to read, but now I also see them as a fantastic way to multi-task! I’m picky about my audiobooks — they need to have a gripping plot and good narrator — but I’m hooked!

  4. Alexia561

    Still haven’t jumped on the audiobook bandwagon, but have several CDs just waiting for me to give them a chance. Some day!

  5. Jenny

    I enjoy audio books but you wouldn’t guess it. I just hate how long it takes to listen to them compared to just reading them.

  6. Bittner

    Well you know where I stand on audio books! I live by them! I love them in my car. I love listening to them before bed! I LOVE THEM!

    And do you want to hear something really cool!?!

    I have an account with audible.com and I have the app on my phone. By downloading my audio books to my phone I can use headphones to listen to them while I’m walking around walmart. Also they have an option available that will allow you to increase the speed the narrator reads by. So for most books I listen to 1.5 seconds option, but right now I’m listening to a narrator with a British accent so I had to take it down a notch to 1.25 because the accent gave me some problems.

    Also you can use a “sleep” option. So when I listen to it before bed I can set it to turn of after 15 minutes so that it doesn’t go too far ahead of me. I love it!!!

    I usually try to stick to chick lit and YA for my audio books because those are ones that if my mind wanders ever so slightly, I know I don’t miss too much. Like Jennifer Cruise is perfect for audio books! I only listen to heavier more substantial books on audio when it is for book club and I’m running out of time.

    I’m so glad you are finding some audio books that you like. If you loved the Jim Dale Harry Potter series you might also like the Chronicle of Narnia audio series. Patrick Stewart reads one and Kenneth Branagh reads one. They are awesome!

  7. Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

    I know you LOVE THEM! I love that the audible app lets you increase the speed, but I don’t have an audible account so I don’t think I have that option. Someday I may get an audible account, but that won’t be for some time.

    I’m doing ok with Gone Girl, but I had a terrible time with The Night Circus. Too much back and forth and I got lost a lot.

  8. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    I still haven’t really listened to any audiobooks, because I just don’t have the time and place to listen to them. I’m at home with my son all the time and when we are in the car I talk to him or we listen to music–I guess I could listen to a book in the car but with him talking it probably wouldn’t work too well. But I really want a treadmill desk so that I can read/write/blog while working out, but they’re really expensive so I might just have to settle for a regular treadmill that has a place to put a book. But I might have to try out some audiobooks to use while working out as well…

    And I don’t remember there being that much cussing in Gone Girl, but I would guess that you’d notice them a lot more if you heard them out loud!