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!