Audiobooks, it’s not you, it’s me…or is it?
So many of my blogger friends listen to audiobooks on the regular and it’s always very interesting to read their thoughts in their reviews — not just on the book itself, but on the narration, sound effects, etc. In the back of my mind I’m always thinking, “Okay, I’m going to finally give one audiobook a shot” and then, ultimately, it never comes to that point because of multiple reasons:
- Do I have the patience to listen to an audibook?
- Won’t it be faster if I actually read it?
- What if the narrator’s voice really annoys me?
- Does it really count as though I “read” the book? (Note: I think so, but I think I would feel weird for a bit.)
- So on and so forth…
Confession: there have actually been two occasions where I downloaded audiobooks to give them a go and here are the results:
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins: This was right after I finished the book and I was eager to keep myself attached to the series in any way possible. So, I downloaded the audiobook for Mockingjay. Before listening to the whole thing, I wanted to cry over certain scenes so I skipped ahead…and proceeded to laugh my head off and promptly hit “stop.” Not good.
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy: I had been wanting to read this for ages, but never got around to it for whatever reason. I thought it would be a great idea to try listening to it so I downloaded it…to listen to right before bed. Uh, whaaat? I don’t know what possessed me to think it was a good idea to listen to it in the darkness of my room, so I ended up creeping myself out and tossing that idea out.
My main issue with audiobooks is that I don’t think I would have the attention span for them. I know some of my friends listen to them while they drive or do chores and whatnot, which are great ideas, but I feel like I wouldn’t be able to fully immerse myself in the book.
But…I won’t really know until I give it a full, honest try. I used to be so against e-readers and ebooks and now they’re (gasp, shock, horror) probably how I read most of my books (I’ll have to write a love letter to my Kindle later) so who’s to say I won’t really love listening to audiobooks? So, I’m going to give them a go and actually challenge myself to get through at least one.
I think I’m first going to try listening to a book I’ve already read, see how it keeps my attention, and then hopefully dive into something new. I will keep you all updated on this new adventure.
Anyone in a similar situation with audiobooks? Or used to be and are now a big fan of them? Are there any books you think I might like in audio form?