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AudioBook Chat

For years, I thought audiobooks were for businessmen and jet-setters – the people traveling all over the world for whatever reason. Too busy to relax or simply unable to sit down and read because they need to be in the car for seven hours.

Then I won an audiobook. This was around four years ago. In full disclosure, I didn’t listen to this book until earlier this year, I think February. It’s not that I didn’t try. I bought the ebook the day it came out, so excited because it’s a companion novel to one of my favorite books. In any case, I had a hard time getting into this particular book. It starts off with a girl sitting on a dock, getting plastered and taking to someone only she can she. Not as exciting as it might sound. Drunk girl was not drawing me in. So, I tried listening to the audiobook. I think I made it one chapter. While it wasn’t just the “voices.” that certainly didn’t help. The female narrator doing a low-pitched thing for the dudes, like, it wasn’t working for me.

Fast forward three and a half years. I bought a non-fiction book about astrophysics, and after I checked out, Amazon told me that I could get the audiobook for a discount, and I was like, that’s probably a good idea, right? The material will likely be a whole lot easier to understand if it’s read to me. I zone out in non-fiction sometimes. And I still zoned out a few times, because it’s just going to happen no matter how interesting the material is. BUT, it was a whole lot easier to get into than I thought. Plus, hearing the author talk at me like that was massively fun. And instead of reading two books at a time – physical and ebook – I could read three!! 😀

I know. Soo exciting, right?

After that, I decided to give my fiction audiobook another chance. The first chapter still wasn’t great, and I did not like the “voices” ever, but I did get used to them, and the book got a lot more interesting after that opening chapter, as well, which helped a lot.

I may or may not have mentioned that I sometimes read in the shower. Not physical books, no, but I do know a couple of people who do. Nope. I prop my phone up on the rack and I’ve gotten through a lot of books much faster this way. ^_^ I bring it up because I also listen to audiobooks in the shower. You might think that I’d be worried about my phone, but it’s water-resistant, so I’m absolutely not. LOL!

The main reason I started my audiobook journey with non-fiction is because of podcasts. I figured, podcasts can keep my attention. Surely, an audiobook can as well. 🙂 I’m currently listening to my second fiction audiobook ever, and fifth audiobook overall, and I have a good time. Going forward, I’m definitely going to try for at least a few audiobooks a year. Curling up with a physical book (or ebook – Lol!) is still magical and irreplaceable, but sometimes it’s just nice to have someone reading to you. It frees my hands up for driving or cooking or whatever. And it makes cooking more enjoyable!

Any audiobook fans out there?


  • Tonja Drecker

    Lol! Three books at once! Got to be good 🙂 Bad narrators turn me off right away, but good ones do draw in. I wouldn’t mind getting into audio books. I see myself doing all of my farm work, house work, renovations and such while listening away, but I need a better device first. I tried to take my Kindle on the tractor while brush-hogging with earbuds, but the tractor was too loud :(. Maybe you’ll decided to transform your own books into audio style 😉

    • Krystal Jane

      I wish I had remembered my audiobook while I was cleaning the bathrooms last week! I am thinking about doing some audiobooks. There are good resources available now, and I think they would be a lot of fun to listen to. Lol! 😀

  • Michelle Athy

    Yeah, I haven’t gotten into audiobooks yet. I like a couple of podcasts and I listen to them pretty regularly. And i know of several well-known actors who’ve been audiobook narrators; they might be interesting to listen to. But I don’t like having things read out loud to me–never have.

    My editor loves listening to audibooks though. She listens to them in the car and just around the house.

    I can see it working out well for nonfiction, maybe, especially if it’s a long book.

    • Krystal Jane

      It’s less like someone reading at you and more like someone interesting telling you an interesting story. I’m surprised at how relaxing they are and how into the the stories I’ve been able to get. I didn’t think I’d ever get into them with the poor attention span I have. If I hadn’t won that audiobook, I’d probably still feel that way. So, it was worth a try. I’ve even talked out loud to the books like I do with a regular book. Lol!

  • Tyrean

    I listened to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone this year and although I’ve read the book three or four times, I heard nuances I hadn’t noticed before and loved it. Since my oldest daughter is going to college 12 hours away, I end up in the car for several hours at a time a few times a year and it really helps to listen to a book and not just to my own music on repeat.
    My husband loves audiobooks. He’s on-screen all day and likes to give his eyes a rest when he relaxes.
    One of these days, I will actually get around to making one of my books an audio book. I really don’t have much excuse not to do it. I have a friend with a beautiful reading voice and she has her own in-house reading studio (she’s done an audio-book already and some voice work). So … I don’t really know what’s holding me back, except time and decision-making energy.

    • Krystal Jane

      Audiobooks are great for the road! I’ve been wanting to pick up a few Harry Potter audiobooks. I thought they would be a fun way to experience the stories again, and it sounds like they will be. 😀 That’s so awesome you have a friend who can narrate for you! ^_^ That’s definitely something I want to look into next year.

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