Why I don’t listen to audiobooks

Hello guyyyys! How are you? How is your summer break going? I want to know all about your adventures, tell me everything below!!

I’m back today on the blog talking about a great topic : audiobooks! I’m one those people that don’t listen to audiobooks. Yeah…I never even tried once so how on earth could I talk about something that I never tried ??! Guilty as charged but yeah I’m still going to talk about it and I’m going to try to explain why I think audiobooks are just not a good fit for me.

I’m not saying audiobooks aren’t great because seriously they are such an awesome invention! It’s a convenient alternative to old-fashioned reading. That way, reading can become more accessible to everyone.Β  It keeps your hands free to like do some gardening or running. It’s great during a long journey if you get carsick while reading. And it does wonders for your eyes. I mean, you’re on the computer all day long at work, it can get tiring for your eyes. With audiobooks, you can just sit, relax and take it all in.

So why the hell don’t I listen to audiobooks? Well…here’s why :

πŸŒͺ 1. I can’t seem to stay focused more than 30 seconds

When I’m listening to the radio like a show or something that is not music, my mind keeps wandering elsewhere. I think I need to actually see to retain information. With audiobooks, I would be rewinding non-stop. Did I miss something crucial? What was the name of that character? Wait…what happened just now?

πŸŒͺ 2. I absolutely love to touch my books

Yeah…that sounds a bit creepy but that’s true. I like to hold my books, to feel the pages between my fingers and to smell them (weirdo!). Sometimes the cover is really soft and there are some pretty graphics along the pages, a book is such a pretty object!

πŸŒͺ 3. I feel like the voice will influence my enjoyment of the book

Does that makes sense? If the voice is like soft or more hoarse, I think it can change my perception of the story. What if I really struggle with the narrator? What if I don’t like their voice? It’s so subjective, but I feel like I won’t enjoy the book as much.

πŸŒͺ 4. It seems longer to finish a story

With audiobooks, the story seems to never end. I don’t know but I like to see where I’m at in the story (with my eyes!). Am I in the middle? Or at the start, still waiting for the plot to be more developped? Am I close to the end? Is there going to be a twist? 20 hours to finish a book, it seems scary!

πŸŒͺ 5. It’s rather expensive

For that price, I’m not going to lie…I’d rather have something physical.

In all, I think I just like to be in control. I never liked to listen to people read to me. I want to be actor and not stay passive. I think it’s a whole different experience that way.

What about you? Do you listen to audiobooks? What do you like about it?

Do you prefer reading physical books? Did you ever try audiobooks? If not, why?

Let’s chat in comments πŸ’¬





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118 thoughts on “Why I don’t listen to audiobooks

  1. Even as someone who does enjoy audiobooks on occasion, I found myself nodding along while reading this list because these reasons are all SO VALID. They really are so expensive! I only listen to library audiobooks 99% of the time and it’s so rare that I buy an audiobook to keep. And yeah, about them taking so long, that’s so frustrating. I do usually listen at 1.5x or 2x so obviously that trims it down, but there are still books that, at 2x, might take me 6 or 7 hours to read when I know in my gut I could read the print book or ebook in 3 hours max. πŸ˜‚

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    1. Yeees, so expensive! And since I’m living in France, my library doesn’t offer any audio books in English 😭 Yeah…it’s a bit frustrating! Thank you so much for sharing and stopping by, talk to you soon 😘😘

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  2. I love audiobooks, but I can definitely understand why they’re not for everyone. Most of the audiobooks I listen to are from the library, which removes the price barrier—I’m lucky that my library has a huge selection of audiobooks to listen to. If I had to pay for them all, I know I wouldn’t listen to nearly as many!

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    1. You’re lucky!! Since I’m living in France, my library doesn’t offer any audio books in English 😭 Thank you so much for sharing 😘😘


  3. Great post, Nyx! Like you I have a really difficult time with focusing for more than 30 seconds on an audiobook, and I am honestly jealous of my friends who can listen to them while working. The only way it works for me is to read along with the physical copy, which I actually enjoy! But having two copies is meh, so it depends on my library’s access for me.

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    1. Thank you so much 😊 I’m glad to see I’m not the only one having those struggles! Yeah, it isn’t the best and since I’m living in France I don’t even have access to audio books in english from my library 😭 Thank you for sharing 😘😘


      1. Yes! I’ve tried to get into audiobooks; it’s been challenging.

        Just as you said – my mind wanders, I want to touch my books, and be active in my reading.

        I’ve tried a few, and Contemporary Romances are the only ones that have worked for me, so far. But I have a few Thrillers on hold at my local library so we’ll see how that goes.

        I’m hard pressed to believe audiobooks will ever replace physical books, for me. But I like to give them a shot when I’m interested in a book but not enough to buy it.

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      2. That’s exactly it! I’m glad to see I’m not the only one having those struggles! That’s great thinking, I need to try it and see how it works for me 😊 Thank you so much for sharing 😘😘


  4. Very interesting topic Nyx! I know many people that do not listen to audiobooks, so you are not alone πŸ™‚

    I am a great lover of audiobooks. Like reading, I feel you need to practice to be able to become good at listening to audiobooks. If it is something that you are open to, you could try a short self help or nonfiction book and only listen in 10-15 min increments, then extend your listening time as you are able to keep focused longer. You could also try listening to a book you’ve already read before for practice.

    I listen to 40ish audiobooks every year. It really has been a game changer for me. I started listening to them back in 2016, and love the flexibility it gives me. I’ve actually just started messing with my listening speed. I started increasing my speed little by little, and now I can listen to an audiobook at 1.75 speed! So a 10 hour audiobook will only take me a little under 6 hours.

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    1. Thank you so much! 😊 Yeah, you’re right! I think I need to try little by little and maybe with a book I’ve already read and loved. 😊 That’s amazing! 40 audiobooks per year!! πŸ‘Š I admit it must be really practical. Thank you for all your tips and for sharing your experience 😘😘

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