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

  1. I never thought I would enjoy audiobooks as much as I do. I started a couple months ago when I started using Libby through my library. They have so many audiobooks and they’re free – I probably wouldn’t purchase them if the library didn’t offer them. Now I’m usually reading one book and listening to another book. I really like it for working out and my walk to and from school daily. I haven’t really run into bad narrators – they all seem fine to me. I also speed up the book to about 2x so they go faster. I think you should maybe give it a shot through your library and then you’ll know more definitively if you like them or not

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your story with audio books! After reading your comment, I feel like I really need to try it out at least once 😊 Since I’m living in France, my library doesn’t offer audio books in English but maybe I can try in French first to see how I feel about it!

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  2. A lot of good points. I want to get more into audiobooks but the extra time investment they end up taking is way too much. I still consider audiobooks if they have an amazing reputation with great casts and/or audiobooks for books that I know have a ton of dialogue, hearing the inflections can really enhance the experience. If you ever consider audiobooks again in the future I recommend checking out if your local library supports Overdrive or something similar. It’s been amazing getting audiobooks from the library, they are indeed so overpriced otherwise.

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    1. Yeah, it’s really time consuming πŸ˜• I haven’t really thought about the dialogue but you’re so right!! It must be amazing to hear those parts 😊 Unfortunately, living in France, my library doesn’t offer audio books in English but maybe I can try it in French first to see how I feel about it! Thanks for stopping by 😘

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  3. I’m the same, I love the feeling of a physical book in my hands. It’s hard for me too to focus on audiobooks (but they are a great invention like you said to make reading more accessible!), and I don’t even really like reading ebooks because after a while it hurts my eyes to keep looking at a screen. With the physical book in my hands I get more involved in the story and I like to imagine the characters voices in my head of how I interpret them. πŸ™‚

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    1. That’s awesome you can switch genres like that! It’s always a new experience, I feel like you could never get bored that way 😊 Thank you for sharing 😁

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  4. Love your post! I don’t usually listen to audiobooks for the same reasons. I have tried it, and I know which I preferπŸ˜„ I kept rewinding a lot, couldn’t remember the characters, there was no way to highlight or make a note about something important, I think (probably I’m wrong) it takes me less time to read than listen to a book, I didn’t always take to the narrators…you made such a good case, and I agree 100%. Why /when would I listen to an audiobook despite all this? During a long journey with poor light and no good company to chat to, if I was dying to read the sequel of a book I liked and the only format available was audio, possibly if a friend recommended the narrator ( might still be a miss). I’m so glad I’m the only one feeling this wayπŸ’œ

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    1. Thank you so much, I’m so happy you liked it! 😁 You just put into better words everything I feel about audio books, haha! I just prefer physical books, I don’t know I’m feel more invested this way! Maybe I’ll try it one day though to see what all the fuss is about πŸ˜‚

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  5. I do listen to audiobooks, because I’m in the car for at least an hour a day driving to and from work, and it’s a nice change from listening to the radio and I can get more reading time in. But, I can totally see your points. I was reluctant to start listening to audiobooks because I was afraid my mind would wander and I would miss something. That’s why I started with rereads, mostly, so if I missed something, it wouldn’t be a big deal. Then I added nonfiction, like celebrity memoirs that don’t really have a plot to follow. I listen to regular fiction books now, too, and just keep my fingers crossed that I don’t get too distracted!

    And yeah, the narrator’s voice can be a big issue. I was listening to The Hunger Games and the narrator was clearly an older woman. It was really distracting and took me out of the story.

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    1. That’s great that you can get some reading in even when you’re in the car! It must indeed be a nice change from the radio! 😊 Yeah, I’m always scared that the narrator’s voice is going to be annoying or something. Thank you so much for sharing! 😘😘

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  6. AAAH! I just posted something on my blog about audiobooks yesterday and this is basically perfect timing! I feel like you explained this better, but I am struggling with the same things. I can’t always focus that long, I like having the letters in front of me and to really grasp what I am reading and the voice is definitely important! I found I could deal better with it when it was an actor or actress I liked and not just a random narrator. As for price, Audible is actually pretty reasonable, but I don’t think I will stick with audiobooks either.
    Great post!!!

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    1. OH MY…this post was ready for awhile but what a timing, haha! Once again, great minds think alike 😏 Glad to see I’m not the only one having the same struggles! I feel like everyone is SO into audio books, I felt kind of all alone πŸ˜…

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      1. Yep, great minds really do think alike πŸ˜‰ I am also glad I am not the only one struggling a little bit. Everyone just gushes about it all the time, so it can overshadow how there are different kind of people, who all take in stories differently.

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      2. Same here!! Everyone is SO into audio books, I was feeling kind of lonely over here, haha! πŸ˜… Yees, we need to choose what makes us the most confortable to really be able to enjoy the story 😊

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  7. Great post, Nyx! πŸ˜€
    I gave audiobooks a try last month (and only because of a two-month free trial) and I’m not completely decided yet.
    In one hand, yes, they’re practical and helpful. They helped me finish a book I wasn’t really enjoying, as I would listen and read at the same time. And I get car sick when reading, and I tried it once on a road trip and it wasn’t /that/ bad.
    BUT I have the attention span of a tiny fish. I tried listening while cleaning my bedroom and it didn’t work because I would distract myself. So I can’t multitask. I think it might work when exercising (I don’t do much of that, but I need to go for a walk and try), and I know people listen while driving too but I think I’d get distracted (and I’m too scared to try since I’ve only had my license for a year and don’t drive much haha).
    I really don’t know!

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    1. Thank you so much Marta, I’m so happy you enjoyed it 😁 It’s so interesting to see how you feel after your first try! It’s exactly how I think it’s going to be for me… still need to try it one day to really see for myself! πŸ™ˆ I think it would work during a walk but nothing more like cleaning and never while driving (I would not feel confortable at all, I need my whole focus on the road). Thank for sharing, talk soon 😁😘

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      1. I feel exactly the same! Update: I’ve been on a small walk and it lowkey works for me. Besides some minor distractions, I could pay attention to the plot. Right now I’m blog hopping and listening to the city of brass on the background, it’s hard to focus but I’m tight on time and I’m getting the most of it, I think haha
        You have to try and see for yourself!

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  8. I’ve actually tried audiobooks several times, but I just can’t seem to finish one! A lot of it has to do with the fact that I zone out as well. I can’t seem to find an activity where I both concentrate on the words and manage to do the activity correctly (or at all). I also need to listen in a practically sound free environment so that I hear all the words. That’s really difficult for me to find living in NYC! Even if I’m walking somewhere or on the subway, there’s so much noise that I can’t hear my book! I would like to test out listening to an audiobook in a quiet area while on vacation to see how it goes, but as you mentioned, audiobooks are long! I’m not sure I could find the time to finish a 20 hour audiobook, even on a week long vacation!

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    1. Yeah, that’s exactly how I feel! I guess I don’t have the ability to multitask πŸ˜‚ Oh, I totally get it! It needs to be quiet, for example I can’t listen to music while reading! Maybe we should try it when we’re relaxing at the beach or something. Thank you for sharing 😊

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  9. I only use audiobooks for non-fiction and borrow them from the public library. For a story, I need to be reading it myself. Unlike reading, listening does mean I capture less of the material but I am multitasking with it also. I usually listen to motivational books and listening to it being read by the authors themselves can be compelling if they do a good job, like listening to a pep talk.

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  10. I’m the same way with audiobooks! I just can’t seem to make myself commit to finishing a whole one for the same reasons you list. Personally, I’m a rather fast reader and I understand things much more when I read them versus listening to them (I definitely don’t have a high degree of auditory learning!) and I also love touching my books! I just finished The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes as an ebook and I swear it took me twice as long to read it as it would have if I would have read a hard copy. I don’t know what it is but I just need those physical pages to really be engrossed in a book and remember everything.

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. I’m so happy to see that I’m not the only one in that case! I feel like everyone is SO into audio books, I was feeling a bit lonely, haha! πŸ˜‰ I’m also a visual learner, I can’t seem to retain a lot of information through the ears (except song lyrics, that’s a mystery actually… why songs are so easy to learn? πŸ˜‚). Yeees, same here!! Thank you so much for sharing 😁😘

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  11. definitely physical. I agree with you on the feel of physical book in your hands, it is beyond comparison. Also that I easily get distracted, because my eyes are roaming everywhere and so is mind and I might not be listening half of the thing and might miss some excellent line.
    I like to see words in front of my eyes.
    I keep arguing on this- what if i want to bookmark a quote? How do you note it? in hrs, mins, and seconds? it just doesn’t feel good.

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  12. I’ve tried so many times! I can’t do audio books either! My mind wanders! Also I fall asleep! And it does take longer to read because you can’t skim a paragraph or two….or a page or two. I’m most successful listening to audio when I’m driving.

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    1. I’m so glad I’m not the only one feeling that way, haha! I don’t think I could do it while driving, I’d be too scared to get distracted! Thank you for stopping by 😊

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      1. But do you listen to the radio when you drive?! I listen to a lot of talk radio so audio books seem much the same to me. But I guess it would depend on the genre! Maybe something slow paced and character driven!

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      2. Yeah a little bit but like just songs not talk shows or anything at least not when I’m the one driving. Yees, I think something without too much action would work 😊

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  13. I’ve never found a blogpost on audiobooks that I agree with more. I get distracted, I remember trying to do audiobooks before going to bed and never making it past minute 2, I fell asleep every night.

    I also like holding books and seeing where I am in a book. I’m also obsessed with the % on my Kindle..

    So yeah, I totally get you! Great blogpost.

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    1. Aww, that makes me happy! 😊 And I’m so glad I’m not the only one, it feels like everybody is loving audio books! Thank you for stopping by 😘

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  14. Personally I don’t tend to read audiobooks, mainly for the reasons you mentioned. I especially think I’d lose focus with audiobooks – I’d have to keep rewinding which would make the already very long reading time even longer! I’m also super fussy with voices so I don’t know how many I’d like!
    I don’t tend to read physical books though – I prefer ebooks!

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    1. Same here!! I’m having the same struggles! I love both physical books and ebooks…with a preference for the physical ones…what can I say? I do love touching my books πŸ˜‚ Thank you for sharing 😊

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  15. I literally just uploaded a post about audiobooks! While I am a frequent listener, I do think your reasons are valid 😊 Voice is so important! My current audiobook is actually narrated by the same person who narrated another book I listened to and it’s so confusing because I associate the voice with a particular character!

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  16. If my phone had enough storage, I’d totally listen to audiobooks, but only in the car. I have a long commute in the summer and I always listen to podcasts (really they’re more like audio dramas) then… as in I literally can’t listen to podcasts any other way (im bad at focusing as well).

    In terms of cost, I know at least my library carries some audiobooks. I’ve also considered getting audible for a 1 month trial (with a coupon so im at least contributing to a podcast/youtube channel as well) to get any audiobooks my library doesnt have for that one month.

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    1. Yeah, I think the only way it would work for me would also be in the car! Since I’m living in France, my library doesn’t offer audio books in English. It sucks πŸ˜• Thank you for sharing 😘😘

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  17. Great post! πŸ’• Iβ€˜ve found some audiobooks that I enjoy, but Iβ€˜ll always be a very visual learner, I just absorb things better when I can look at them! πŸ˜„ It’s also sad that Audiobooks are so pricey, especially as my library doesn’t have good access to them πŸ˜”

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    1. Thank you so much! 😊 Totally, I’m exactly the same! 😁 Yes, it’s such a shame and since I’m living in France my library doesn’t offer access to audio books in English at all πŸ˜•

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  18. I totally understand your reasons and they make lots of sense! It took me a long time to get into audiobooks tbh, and the only reason why I gave them a try was because a) I had an Audible 1 month trial and b) I need to rest my eyes more. I have a friend who swears by them though so it really depends! And I noticed that not all novels work as audiobooks. If the story is too complex then I’d prefer reading so I can go back if I missed something.

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    1. Yeah, I must admit it would be good to rest my eyes a little bit. Working all day in front of a computer and then reading at night…my eyes sure get tired! Yes, if the book is action-packed I’m not sure I would be able to follow everything! I guess I could use audio for re-reads during long car drives 😊 Thank you so much for sharing your experience 😁

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  19. Oh I completely understand! I actually struggle with these as well but I still enjoy audiobooks very much πŸ™‚ Unlike you, I feel like it takes me less time to finish a story if I listen to it. However, if I am not focused that day or have too much going on I have to keep going back several times and it extends the reading time.
    Anyway, wonderful post Nyx! ❀

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    1. Glad to see I’m not the only one having those struggles! Since I’m always losing focus, it takes a bit more time, haha πŸ˜… Thank you so much, I’m happy you enjoyed it 😘😘

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  20. Great discussion! I know of a couple who can’t focus on audio books either and it’s totally cool πŸ™‚ I would say though that libraries have different formats of audio books that don’t cost anything (digital version, physical CDs and playaway devices). You can also buy audio CDs that has the story all on one disc that’s a great price as well πŸ™‚

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    1. I guess audio books aren’t meant for everyone! 😊 Since I’m living in France, my library doesn’t have any audio books available in English so…yeah, it sucks! πŸ˜• Thanks for stopping by 😘

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  21. Okay same about zoning out when listening to audiobooks! I’ve found that driving is the perfect time to listen to them, because I’m still doing enough that my brain is focused enough to listen to a book, but not too much that I get distracted. But I totally agree about the narrator, too. There are some narrators where I just can’t deal with their voices.

    If you have Spotify, there are some audiobooks on there!

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    1. Yaay, I’m not the only one! πŸ˜… I would be too scared to listen to an audio book while driving, I need my whole focus but if I’m a passenger, I think it would actually be the perfect place for me to try it! 😊 Yeah, like the characters, the narrator is key! Oh, thanks for the tip 😁😘

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  22. Pss, your Twitter handle is gone on the share button!
    You make great points!
    Now I’m imagining you caressing the books, haha! It took me a while to be able to really focus on an audiobook, but I trained my brain, and I’m happy to work on my accent with them. They’re totally pricey, that’s why I don’t have that many 😦 But my eyes are happy to get some respite!
    Narrators make an audiobook for sure, so I always listen to the sample before buying!
    Amazing post!! xxx

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    1. Oh, that’s weird because it’s all good in the admin dashboard, must be a bug or something! Hahaha, that’s actually a pretty accurate picture πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I haven’t thought about that but it must be amazing to work on the accent!! Yes, it’s so expensive and it’s not like I can get those from the french libraries…πŸ˜• I get that, I’m working all day on the computer, my eyes do get tired! Thank you so much, talk soon 😘😘

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  23. I remember asking my daughter why someone would listen to a book, when they could read it. Then, I tried a few audiobooks. It took me a while to figure out what worked for me, and now, I love them. I listen to them as I work, clean, shop, drive — I use them the way other people use music. AND, I have made so much progress with my backlist because of audiobooks.

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    1. That’s awesome! I’m so glad it’s working out for you! I guess I should just try it one day to see how I really feel about them. πŸ™‚ I think it would work for long car or train rides 😊 Thank you so much for sharing! 😘😘

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  24. Honestly SAME Nyx! Like- I LOVE it in theory! But in practice? I just can’t get them to work for me. Most of the reason is your #1- I cannot pay attention! I have listened to ONE successfully in all my attempts, but I also agree it took a LONG time. I was in the car for about 10 hours, and it was almost timed perfectly, but then… 10 hours for a 300 page book is a LOT! Like, I could have read 3 or 4 books in that time, easy! Of course I was driving so probably better that I did the audio πŸ˜‚ And I also agree about the voice thing- it almost gives the story its own vibe, when you’re trying to decipher that as you read? I definitely agree with you! And the price IS absurd! I mean, I borrowed a few from the library, but there is no WAY I could pay for them! I guess unless you do Audible or something (and Idk if that is even available outside the US!) it’s a ton of money. Basically I could not agree more with your whole post!!

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    1. Yaaay, a friend! 😁 Haha, yeah it was better to pick the audio if you were driving πŸ˜‚ I don’t even think it would work for me, I would be too scared to get distracted, maybe if I was a passenger! Totally!! If I can’t stand the voice, I feel like I won’t like the story and that isn’t fair πŸ˜• With that price, I’d rather have a physical one! And yeah…French libraries don’t offer audio books in English so that sucks big time πŸ˜• Thank you so much, I’m so happy you liked it and you were able to relate 😊 Talk soon 😘😘

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  25. Totally agree with every single one of these points!! I like to read a story for the first time, and be able to use my own imagination of what characters look and sound like, picturing certain settings or scenes in my own head. I’ll only CONSIDER listening to an audiobook AFTER I’ve already read the book and thus created my own vision of the story. I have no problem staying tuned to podcasts, but I definitely wouldn’t be the same with an audiobook :’)

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  26. I’m totally with you on the point about the narrators. I have a select few I know I enjoy (Juliet Stevenson for classics, Stephen Fry for HP, Sherlock Holmes and history etc) so I will gravitate towards those, but if it’s a different narrator I’ve never heard before I have to listen to a sample before committing to the audiobook. There is no way I’m listening to audiobook if I don’t like the narrator! It makes me super picky when I’m looking for audiobooks but I want to have an enjoyable listening experience because at the end of the day, narrators sell me the story.

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  27. I feel the same way! I’ve also never listened to one, but I have this one podcast that I like, and I’m so behind because I can literally only listen to it if I’m on a long car ride alone. If there are other people in the car, even if I’m not the one driving, forget about it. And audiobooks–I can’t even imagine. I feel like I’d have to just lay in my bed like a corpse while listening to it because everything else would be so distracting? I’d rather just read a physical book that I can hold and see my progress in.

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    1. Yaay, glad to see I’m not the only one! 😊 Hahahaha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’m feeling exactly the same way!! Totally, I couldn’t and wouldn’t trade my physical books 😍 Thanks for sharing 😘😘

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  28. I don’t listen to audiobooks often, but I recently listened to The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo where she narrates it herself and I really enjoyed hearing how the poetry was supposed to be delivered. That being said, I can totally understand why audiobooks may not be your thing. I got through this one in particular while I walked my dog, or like you, my mind might have ended up wandering.

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    1. Oh, with poetry it must indeed be really nice to listen to it!! Yeah…I don’t know it’s just to hard to stay focused, I guess I’m more visual 😊

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  29. I just start being an audiobooker in the last 12-ish months and I wasn’t sure how it was going to go for the exact reasons you mentioned. However, I have so much housework and yard work to do so I started putting on audiobooks to keep my mind occupied while working. We work so hard to get teachers and parents to do read-alouds with their children/students and so it’s worked much the same way for me. You’re absolutely right about the narrator, though. There have been a few books that I didn’t care for simply because of the narrator. My audiobooks are all free through Overdrive/Libby, so if I don’t like the narration I can just return it and I’ve lost nothing.

    This summer, audiobooks were a God-send for me because we were painting the exterior of our house and I was doing the entire dettached garage by myself. It literally took me weeks of pressure washing, scraping, sanding, nailing old nails back in place, repairing broken pieces of wood or using wood putty and caulk, re-sanding, washing with rags, priming, and finally painting (lots of steps to proper painting). I probably finished at least 8-10 audiobooks during that time so I didn’t feel like it took me away from my books as much as it normally would have. Also, I listen to most of my books at 2x speed. I’ll start out at 1.25x and after about 5-10 minutes of getting into the story, I’ll speed it up to 1.75x or 2x and not miss a beat. The Libby app lets me know how far I am into the story, so I can tell if I’m a third of the way through or halfway through just by glancing at the app. And if it says I still have 2 hours to go, I know that’s usually only 1 hour for me at 2x speed. And after listening to an audiobook, it’s always nice to get to sit back down with my hand-held books and read away. I get different things from each style of “reading” and I know that both are equally as important depending on what else is going on in my life. Admittedly, I’m now a mom of five children, a college teacher, and I’m go-go-go with tons of projects. So if I’m going to keep up on all the new books, I’ve gotta compromise. About 15 years ago I was in a completely different place and probably wouldn’t have given audiobooks a thought. Great discussions, here. I’ll have to come back and read up after I get the Littles to bed!

    P.S. I ADORED the audio version of Sadie, this year. That was an award-winning audiobook as they used all sorts of background sounds, different voices, radio station and podcast sounds, etc. It really felt like I was there!! If anyone wants to give an award-winning audioversion a try, maybe see if you can borrow that one first.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with audio books! 😊 It must be really nice to be able to listen to a book while doing something else, it feels like your body is at work but also your mind! I wish I was able to multitask like that! Maybe I haven’t found the right activity for it yet! 😊 And yees, the narrator is such an important part of the story, I’m scared to be too picky, haha! I wish I could borrow some audio books to try and see how I really feel about them, unfortunately since I’m living in France, my library doesn’t offer any audio books in English so I would need to buy one πŸ˜• Maybe I could try the one you just mentionned, it seems really promising! Thank you so much for the tip 😁😁 Again, thank you so much for sharing! I really enjoy that type of discussion 😁 Talk to you soon 😘😘

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  30. I tried my first audiobook last year (I think) and I had an okay experience with it. I didn’t love it nor did I hate it. Then this year I started walking my dog twice a day and I thought “Might as well give audiobooks another go!” and now I love it! *_*

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    1. Oh, that’s awesome! I’m happy it works for you! 😊 I must admit it must feel nice to listen to a book while walking your dog 😊 (too bad, I don’t have one, haha πŸ˜…) Thank you so much for sharing 😘😘

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  31. this is a really interesting post! I definitely agree with a lot of what you’ve said. I used to LOVE audiobooks as a kid, but for some reason I stopped listening to them and whenever I try these days, I never like the narrator. I think for me now the biggest reasons I don’t listen to audiobooks anymore is lack of time to read them, but especially being influenced in my enjoyment of the book by my like or dislike of the narrator. I even don’t like when my boyfriend listens to audiobooks in the house because I always hate the narrators (though maybe nonfiction and essay narrators narrate differently? idk). I wish I still liked audiobooks but I just don’t think they’re for me anymore.

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    1. Thank you so much! 😊 Yeah…the narrator is such an important part of the story, how I am going to enjoy the book if I can’t stand the narrator’s voice? πŸ˜• Maybe I’m too picky but it can really influence the story! I’m glad I’m not the only one feeling that way! I guess audio books aren’t meant for us but that’s okay I think I wouldn’t even want to trade my physical book for an audio one πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing 😘😘

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  32. I’m soooo late to commenting on this post, but as someone who had a suspicion that audiobooks weren’t gonna be for her but tried them anyways, I don’t think your reasons are unfounded. My biggest problem is that I have such a short attention span that when I listen to audiobooks, my mind just drifts off and I miss key parts! I also hate that whenever I have an audiobook on, loud sounds around me drown it out because I usually listen in the shower, so the sound of the water just overpowers the audiobook. Great post!

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  33. I get it! I love the feel and smell of a great book as well. I do tend to add audiobooks into my TBR, though. I have to in order to keep up with it. I have actually enjoyed the performance factor of quite a few. I completely understand those who don’t listen to them. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Yeees 😍 That’s great it’s working out for you! Thank you, I was feeling kind of alone with everyone loving audio books so much, haha πŸ™ˆ

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  34. I don’t read anything but ebooks anymore, so the “touching” books thing doesn’t resonate with me. It’s actually quicker for me to finish an audiobook because I listen at 1.5x or 2x speed usually. Sometimes I do miss things that are said, but I just hit that Back-15-Seconds button and catch it. I listen while walking, doing chores, and cooking. I wouldn’t get to half the books in my TBR list without audiobooks! Also, you can get them cheap through the library or online stores like Audible’s subscription program or Storytel.

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    1. That’s awesome that audio books are working out for you! I think I just need to try one time to see how I really feel about them 😊 Unfortunately since I’m living in France, my library doesn’t give me access to audio books in English πŸ˜” Thank you so much for sharing! 😘😘

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  35. I think all of these are totally fair- even though I’ve recently started to listen to audiobooks, these are a lot of the reasons I was nervous about them and the main reasons I mostly stick to regular books (especially the fact they’re so expensive! If I didn’t get them from the library, I wouldn’t listen to any!)

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    1. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one struggling with audio books 😊 Yeeees, so expensive! And since I’m living in France, I can’t get them from my library πŸ˜”

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  36. Nyx, I feel known by this post!! So many times I’ve tried a sample of an audiobook, only to hear the narrator and think “umm, no thanks”. Voice is important!! Also, I am with you on focusing (and every other point you make here!!). Thank you for putting this argument so eloquently. From now on when people ask why I don’t do audiobooks I can just point them here for reference. 😊

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    1. Aww, that makes me so happy ☺️ I’m glad to see I’m not the only one having those struggles, I was feeling kind of lonely its seems like everyone are really enjoying audio books! Thank you again for your sweet words 😘😘

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  37. Lovely post! Personally, I love listening to audiobooks, but I absolutely see where you are coming from! The voice surprisingly never seems to bother me when I’m listening to a story, but goodness gracious have I heard a few slow narrators that made me increase the reading speed to 2.5x! Haha! My mind tends to wander often as well, so I usually can only listen to audiobooks when nothing else is distracting me! ❀

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    1. Thanks! Hahaha, I totally get that πŸ˜‚ I think I need to try it one day to see how it goes 😊 Thank you so much for sharing 😘😘

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    1. Glad to see I’m not the only one having those struggles! I guess audio books aren’t a good fit for everyone. Thank you so much for stopping by 😘😘

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