I finally did it , I finally listened to and completed an audiobook.
In all my years as a book nerd I never tried them because I was not a fan of anything that wasn’t a physical book. I still kind of feel that way but I will touch on that later. I had come to that conclusion after reading E-books. (I don’t have much love for e-books but that is just my personal preference. I just do not like them they feel fake).
Anyway. I had gotten the urge to read or I guess in this case listen to a book. I bit the bullet and picked my 1st ever audiobook. I decided I would listen to Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. It was a little over 10 hours and took be about two weeks to listen to because I kept forgetting to go back when I had time.
I enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it the regular way instead of listening to it as an audiobook. You can’t pick who narrates the book so if you don’t like the person’s voice or the way they voice a character you are in the dog house. I did like the narrator I just wish I had been able to speed up the audiobook a little bit because she was reading kind of slow for my taste. It was still enjoyable. I laughed, cringed, and even commented back which I do with my physical books.
I do like that with an audiobook you can do something else while you read/listen. For instance I turned the book on when I wrote in my journal, folded laundry, cleaned my bookshelves, and when I took a bath. So that is fun because it is very versatile you don’t have to sit and only read.
That being said I still prefer normal print and binding books. Especially hardcover books. It’s not as fun to read an audiobook to me because I just couldn’t get into it the way I get into a normal book. I think for me the reason I still don’t like audiobooks is because I like to sit and read my book get sucked into the world and not come out until I have to. With the audiobook I was always doing something else. I couldn’t just sit and listen to the audiobook because that just felt like the opposite of being productive. It just did not feel the same. Also I am person who LOVES to see the progress to reading a book. Can’t see page progress with an audiobook. I also read faster than the audiobook was speaking so that book which took over 10 hours of listening across two weeks I could have sat down and read in 1 day or 2 days.
I don’t want to sound like I am bashing audiobooks I am just explaining why they aren’t good for me. If you are someone that likes to multitask then these would be perfect for you. But for me this does not work. I think I will be sticking with my usual chunky hardcovers. ♥