It took me a while to warm up to audiobooks. I tried them before and they didn’t appeal to me right away. I gave them another try recently, and realised that they were really nice to listen to! So what are my audiobook habits?
#1: I need to be doing something like listening to an audiobook.
If I try to listen to an audiobook while I’m just relaxing in bed, I will get bored pretty quickly. However, if I’m listening to it while I’m doing something physical, it makes good background audio. For example, I like listening to audiobooks when I’m walking around or hitting the gym. Although, it is pretty odd to listen to proper Regency-era people while pumping iron or wheezing because the elliptical is SO DANG HARD. (Seriously. That machine is a beast.)
#2: Audiobooks are great when I can’t read a book.
I also like listening to audiobooks in situations where I can’t read anything. During a really long road trip, my instrument of avoiding boredom was an audiobook of Melina Marchetta’s On the Jellicoe Road and Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel.
Listening to audiobooks while on my commute is also really useful. I can’t read a book in a moving vehicle because I’ll get dizzy and that is just not a good start to the day. I can’t finish full chapters within a commute, but at least it helps tune out the world.
#3: Overused words get really obvious.
Maybe I don’t pick them up while I read, but certain words and phrases and their overuse stand out in audiobooks. The word “said” and the phrase “but it was too late” are some that I ended up noticing. It’s an interesting thing that my ears notice something that my eyes don’t in a book.
So what about you, dear reader?
Do you love/hate audiobooks? In what situations do you find yourself using them?
Let me know in the comments!