Is Audiobooking Really Booking?

I know this will come off as a bit of a rant but please bear with me!

I’ll just jump right in, I know a lot of readers consider audiobooking as “cheating”, you know a way to avoid actually reading but still maintain your street-cred as a book lover. I think I would compare the stigma (though I think stigma is a bit too strong a word) to the way most readers react when a non-reader says they would rather watch the movie than read the book. In my opinion those two experiences are totally different (and I won’t be getting into that lest I get derailed).

Why is listening to an audio book considered as being lazy? I just don’t understand why people think taking in a story with your ears and not your eyes is a bad thing! I get that we all have our own individual preferences, I just hate when readers look down on other readers for actually enjoying a book in its audiobook form. Audio books allow you to experience books in this really cool different way and even though they take a little getting used to (because I admit it’s really easy to get distracted while listening to a story) but when you get into that zone and your mind is completely focused on the story, the experience is pretty great especially if the narrator’s are great too!

I mean how can people dislike audiobooks when they are a great way to experience a story when you can’t physically hold a book; I know we’ve all dreamt of reading in the shower and all the other obvious things like driving or eating.

If you wanted the full experience you could read the physical book while enjoying the audio book but I admit this is a bit difficult because most narrators usually read at a slower pace than most readers.

We’re finally at this point and you agree with me but… well audio books are expensive, there is no getting around that fact. Well when apps like Overdrive exist why go through any hussle! Plus you can find a lot of them on YouTube too!

To sum up all I’ve said in a single sentence: Yes! Audiobooking is booking and should be respected as a form of reading too!

And, of course before I go I’ll leave you with some great audio book recommendations:

1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
3. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

*If you’re finding it difficult to get into listening to audio books I recommend starting with a story you’re pretty familiar with like the Harry Potter series because those are pretty great too!

 

-May

 

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9 thoughts on “Is Audiobooking Really Booking?

  1. I picked up audiobooks again this year when I was making a 3 hour commute (one way) to school for my last semester. It was a good way to pass the time and still keep me attentive.
    Now I listen to them while I go on walks or crochet!
    I don’t like all audiobooks… I can’t always get behind a narrator’s voice but, I’m trying to listen more so, I get more books in during the day 🙂
    Also, if I find a narrator is reading too slow I increase the reading speed and that usually does the trick!!

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    1. Exactly! Audiobooks are such a great way to pass time if you don’t want to lug around a physical book all the time! Yeah, I admit the narrator’s voice can make or break an audio book so not all of them are great which sucks because I know some pretty good books with terrible narration… Thanks for the tip, I don’t know why it never occurs to me to increase the reading speed 😋😊😊

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  2. You know how people learn in different ways; visually, listening, kinetically, etc? I’m a visual kinda gal. I NEED to be able to read the material to absorb it. It’s the same thing, when I am reading a story. I NEED to see it. I know a lot of folks who listen to Audiobooks, not because they’re super busy, but because they absorb the material better in a vocal approach. Different strokes for different folks, haha. I don’t think they’re lazy! It just makes stories available for more kinds of “readers”. ;]

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    1. Yeah exactly! I agree with everything you said everyone has there own preferences and sometimes when a plot is intricate it’s hard to follow with audiobooks, so I guess it depends on the book for me!

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  3. People need to stop being so judge-y. Audio or print. Paperback or hardcover. Book or Kindle. As long as we are getting to experience the thoughts the author is putting out into the world then we are the richer for it. No matter how it happens.

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    1. So true! I’ve spent a long time listening to how amazing the book community is and it’s true for the most part but it’s these little things like this that bother me, like you so greatly put it, it shouldn’t matter what form you take in a story 😉

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  4. My life is busy! I wish I could sit down and read, but it’s not going to happen, I listen to books while cleaning, driving or while doing mindless repetitive tasks, pretty much my daily life! I’m pretty sure authors don’t care which way their stories are heard as long as we buy them!

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