I am a multi-book reader. I usually read a ‘paper’ book, an eBook, and an audio book at the same time. Why? Well, I am a very busy person. I work full-time on a demanding job, I have three beautiful boys and an amazing husband, I’m a military wife (that can be a job by itself!) and I am a book blogger (sorry for stating the obvious). Believe it or not, this leaves very little time to actually read. Nevertheless, I still try to read three books weekly; I might not get to actually review them all, but hey, I’ll get to that later.
I started listening to audio books about a year ago. I get them from the library and listen to them in the car on my way to and from work (about an hour a day). More recently, I registered to Audible and have gotten two books from them already (although I don’t enjoy using headphones for long).
There are many benefits to listening to a book. You can listen while driving! It actually makes my commute a lot shorter and I even enjoy if traffic is bad (I get to ‘read’ more!). Most of the readers of the books are actors and they do a wonderful job, they way they change their voices and accents is nothing short of incredible. It is a great alternative for a non-reader. This is very true, one of my boys doesn't like reading (don’t look at me, I don’t know how that happened!), in order for me to get him to ‘read’ anything, I get him books in audio.
There aren't many downsides to audio books, but here are some of them (at least for me). Audio books are a lot more expensive that their print or electronic counterparts. Also, it is hard to go back to a favorite part or find a quote to include in my reviews. Lastly, when the book has strange words and names, it is hard to understand it well because I’m not actually looking at the word; this happens a lot if listening to a fantasy or dystopian books.
These are some of my favorite audio books thus far:
Are you a fan of audio books? Why do you like them? If you haven’t try them yet, why not?