Discussion | Why Audiobooks Are Awesome

It’s no big secret that I love audiobooks. Audiobooks are part of the reason why I’m able to read as many books as I do. And yes, I count audiobooks as reading (and so should you!)

So why are audiobooks awesome, and why should you include them on your reading menu? Here’s why:

  • Audiobooks are great for times when it’s not feasible to pick up a book. I listen to audiobooks while I drive, cook, clean, and in the shower. I love the flexibility of audiobooks!
  • Audiobooks are a fun way to read books. There are some amazing narrators out there who have the ability to make the books they read a really fun experience. They don’t just read to you Elementary School style—they get into their characters. It’s an experience you don’t get from a physical book.
  • Audiobooks allow you to adjust the speed of the book. I typically listen to audiobooks at 1.25-1.5x the speed. Any faster, and it sounds unnatural to me, but there are many people who listen to audiobooks at even faster speeds! Listening to audiobooks with the speed kicked up enables you to cut out long pauses and get to
    the meat of the audiobook you’re listening to.
  • Audiobooks give you the opportunity to rest your eyes. I’ll admit it, sometimes staring at a computer screen all day strains my eyes to the point of no return. Sometimes my eyes just need a break. Audiobooks let me read while still giving my eyes a rest.
  • Audiobooks give you the opportunity to enjoy your favorite books in a new way. Harry Potter fan? Check out the Harry Potter audiobooks! I love reliving my favorites in a different format.
  • Audiobooks are more accessible today than they were in the past. Gone are the days where you have to swap out multiple CDs just to listen to a single book. Whether you check audiobooks out at your library or subscribe to services like Scribd or Audible, the opportunities for audiobook consumption are plentiful!

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Have I convinced you that audiobooks are great? Awesome! Here are my favorite audiobook accessories–the ones I use on a near daily basis.

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First off, there’s the Libby app! I listen to nearly all of my audiobooks through the Libby app, which is a companion app to Overdrive. I love it, and since most of the audiobooks I listen to are ones I checked out through the library, this app gets a lot of use!

I’m not a headphone snob, but I am picky about how they feel. I wear these Panasonic ErgoFit Earbuds all day at work. They’re cheap, comfortable, and sound great!

Did I mention that I like to listen to audiobooks while I shower? I couldn’t do it without my shower speaker! While there are many options out there, I’m partial to my AquaAudio Cubo. It works great for keeping up with my books while I’m scrub-a-dub-dubbing.

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Not sure which audiobooks to start with? Here are some of my favorites!

 

Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder, #1) by Linda Castillo
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
First They Killed My Father
 by Loung Ung
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

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Do you love audiobooks? What’s your favorite audiobook?

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6 thoughts on “Discussion | Why Audiobooks Are Awesome

  1. I love audiobooks. I use a mix of Hoopla (my library), Scribd, and Audible for mine. Depending on the book and which service I’m using I’ll have the speed at 2-2.5x (some only go to 2 while others go up to 3) and it’s been a great way for me to read more books. I love how some narrators really bring the story and characters to life which draws me into the book even more.

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