Since June Is Audiobook Month – and you know that’s a BIG deal in my world – I couldn’t let it pass without a little celebration! So for the month of June, Saturday’s Fun Question Posts have been taken over by audiobook related themes. And I’ll be giving away ONE AUDIBLE AUDIOBOOK of your choice at the end of the month (see rafflecopter below to enter). This is open in the US & Canada only (since I don’t think you can get Audible books International).
Anyway, join me every Saturday as I ask a Fun Question (about audiobooks) that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…
Why are people hesitant to try audiobooks?
Though you wouldn’t know it looking at my blog, I’m fairly new to audiobooks. I’ve been listening to them for only a little over a year. I was reluctant to try them because I really didn’t see how I could enjoy listening to someone read a book to me for hours on end. Boy was I wrong! I’m addicted and I want to tell you why.
So Why are people hesitant to try audiobooks? From my own experiences and from some Google searches it seems people have 3 main reasons for not listening to audiobooks. And I have an answer for all of them. You ready?
Reason #1: Listening is NOT reading. It doesn’t count.
I’ve read this reason a few times and I guess I have to ask – count for who? Are you reading to impress someone? Because if that’s the case, you’re really missing the point of reading (and probably a lot of really good books).
Now if your concerned that this doesn’t promote the kind of literacy skills you want in a child or something, I’d have to say there’s an argument for both sides of that. It’s true, listening to an audiobook doesn’t give a child practice reading. But it does still expose them (or any reader) to vocabulary. And they’re hearing it pronounced correctly, with emphasis and tone that helps them learn the meaning.
So in my opinion, that reason isn’t really a good reason not listen to audiobooks.
Reason #2: I don’t think I could stay focused.
This reason seems particularly legitimate to me, because it was my concern too. And every now and then I listen to an audiobook that doesn’t work for me because my mind is wandering way too much. But this isn’t a reason to discount ALL audiobooks!
I’ve found that some narrators appeal to me more because the way they speak – from tone to pace and even volume – tends to hold my attention better than others. Some of this is trial and error, so you can find what works best for you. Another thing to keep in mind is the KIND of books you choose to listen to. If you know you’re particularly prone to mind wandering, I wouldn’t pick one that you know requires close attention to detail. Don’t try Crime and Punishment, for example. Go for something light and fun.
The other side of this is – don’t overburden yourself while you listen. One of the things I love about listening to audiobooks is that it frees up my hands and eyes to do other things. I workout. I clean. I take a shower. I do things that don’t require the same focused attention as a book does. So yes, I’m not 100% focused on the book or the cleaning, but I’m MORE focused on the book than the cleaning. And that’s a definite plus.
So yeah, in my opinion, fear of not staying focused isn’t a reason to avoid trying audiobooks.
Reason #3: Audiobooks cost so much!
Okay. I get it. Audiobooks are really expensive. When I get an audiobook for $5, it’s a GREAT deal. But you don’t have to buy all your books. I know not all libraries are as great as mine, but libraries do carry audiobooks. And a lot of them have a great selection of brand new books and in really great formats. You can get them as CDs, MP3 devices (called Playaways) and even online downloads via OverDrive to your cellphone.
So price really isn’t a reason not to try audiobooks either.
I obviously love audiobooks and my answers to the objections above are a bit biased. But I think you have to admit that it makes sense 🙂 And now I’m giving you a chance to win one to try yourself!
This giveaway will be running all month and you’ll have opportunities to earn extra entries with each Saturday Fun Question Post.
Why are you hesitant to try audiobooks? Or, if you love them like me, why do you think people should try them?