Do You Listen to Audiobooks?

I am on vacation this week and in lieu of regular posting, all this week I will be featuring book-related discussion posts. I will also be featuring some awesome guest bloggers as well. 

Do You Listen to Audiobooks?

I like audiobooks.
Now that is a sentence I never thought I would have uttered. If you asked me a year ago what I thought about audiobooks I would have told you that it took too long to read them, the narrator never says things the right way, and that they were a nuisance, especially keeping up with all those discs!

So, what happened?
A lot of long days with myself and a paint brush. This summer I was able to get an internship, but it didn’t start until the middle of June and I was out of college by the first week of May. I had to make money to afford gas and other necessities, so my dad agreed to pay me for doing some painting projects. Painting walls, doors, EVERYTHING! I began downloading mp3 audiobooks from my library’s e-book site and my whole world was turned upside down.

Not only are audiobooks a great way for you to get in some reading time when your hands are tied, they are also now more than ever, available. To buy audiobooks, you can sometimes spend $30 on a book that in paper would cost $15. With those options, of course most people would pay half and get the paper copy, but now there are Library websites offering mp3 or wma formats so you can listen on your phone, iPod, or even your computer without keeping up with discs or paying.

Another perk I discovered about audiobooks is that they appeal to people who don’t read in the traditional sense. Have you ever really loved a book and you want a person to read it, but they hate reading?
Audiobooks are an option to try. Sometimes people who are better listeners or even musically inclined friends will enjoy an audiobook and it’s a great way for them to still get exposed to some of that great reading material we all love.

My question to you is, Do you like Audiobooks? If so, what are your reasons for being a fan of listening over reading? If not, what turns you away from listening to books? Let me know in the comments and I will try and check out your responses soon!


  1. I really would like to try listening to audio books, but I always get too distracted! How do you stay focused on details and what's being said??

    Elle@ http://lovebigreadbig.blogspot.com/

  2. I love audiobooks! When I first tried them, I wasn't a fan because I was listening to the classics. This was not for me. An audiobook needs to be engaging and fast paced for me to like listening to it, so young adult books work better for me. To answer Elle - you really do have to be focused when listening to audiobooks - so I don't do it when I'm on the computer, or doing anything that requires use of my brain. When I'm driving - I have an hour commute - or when I'm doing chores like folding laundry or something, are the times that I listen to audiobooks.


    1. Thanks very much!!! That really helped!!!! :)

  3. I would like to listen to audiobooks as I do a lot of walking and it'd be great to get some reading done during that time, but they're too expensive. My library doesn't have audiobooks so I can't use those! If they were cheaper I would totally use them. I get why they're expensive though. Lots of work has to go into making them!