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Audiobooks are revolutionizing the landscape of reading and has completely changed the way I consume books. The benefits of audiobooks far outweigh their disadvantages, but people still hesitate to pick them up. The common comments I have seen include ‘Does audiobooks count as reading?’, ‘Isn’t listening to audiobooks like cheating?’ etc. So here’s my humble attempt to convince you that audiobooks are indeed worth trying and can in fact be literal lifesavers!
The first time I tried listening to a book was back in 2017. It was such a boring experience that I abandoned the thought for two years. I somehow ended up trying again in 2019 and the second time proved to be the charm. Now my reading has improved by leaps and bounds all because I started using audiobooks regularly.
So I wanted to introduce more people to the joys of audiobooks as well . I am planning to do a series of blog posts where I would be sharing everything you need to know about audiobooks including tips to get used to them, best apps to get them, my recommendations and more. This is part one of the series, where I talk about the benefits of incorporating audiobooks into your daily routine.
So without further ado, lets look at the top five reasons why audiobooks are a lifesaver.
5 Benefits of Audiobooks
Audiobooks make your boring chores fun!
Audiobooks are a reader’s bestfriend when it comes to multi-tasking. You can go around doing all your boring household chores or workouts while also listening to your current read. Total win-win situation! You might even start anticipating cardio time 😱 (who would’ve thought?!!!!!) If you are an audiobook newbie I would actually recommend that you try listening this way as it keeps you physically active and your mind occupied. So next time it’s your turn to wash the dishes, grab an audiobook and keep boredom at bay!
Slumping??? Fear no more, audiobooks to the rescue!!
Audiobooks are perfect for slumps. When you find yourself slogging through a book, switching to audio with a good narrator can liven up the experience and get you going again. I used to be a victim of the never ending ‘binge ‘em n slump ’ cycle. But I have noticed a significant reduction in the frequency and duration of my slumps since 2019 when I started listening to audiobooks. No slumps means more consistent reading and more books to strike off that tbr! (let’s completely ignore the fact that we keep adding more books to make it bigger *hides behind tbr*)
A 2-in-1 package that’s convenient and time conserving!
Adulting is hard ok? There’s always one emergency after another, life gets really hectic and you no longer have time to rest, let alone read. Most young readers grow up to be adults who are too tired at the end of the day to pick up a book. This is where audiobooks come in handy. You can listen any time, anywhere with audiobooks at the ready on your mobile phones. This makes them super convenient.
Now how is it time conserving, you ask? Even the busiest days have those quiet pockets of time where you are engaged in some activity in which your brain is not an active participant. For example when you are commuting to work,having your lunch or even those times you are ploughing through mindless data entry, listening to audiobooks can help you get more done in less time. And there you have it, convenience at your fingertips while freeing up more time, 2-in-1!!
So next time you are waiting in long queues or travelling long distance, don’t forget to add your current read to your playlist.
Did you know that audiobooks are basically movies without the video?!!!!
Great narrators do a variety of voice modulations to amp up the listening experience and make it seem like you are living through the story. Some even have sound effects to complement the narration or multiple narrators to make dialogues seem as if your listening to actual conversations. Some of my favourite audiobooks like Raybearer has the narrator singing the folk songs included in the novel which makes the story twice as entertaining and enriching. Great narrators can also influence the way you perceive certain scenes through their narration and I find that endlessly fascinating. So basically you get an audio movie for your favourite books!
Are you wondering how you can determine which narrators are good or which ones are bad? You can simply listen to a sample of the audiobook and decide for yourself.
Audiobooks make reading a group activity!
Reading is a lonely business, not gonna lie. Unless you can find another person who has read the book or convince someone else to read the book you loved, engaging in discourse around the book can be tough at times. Sometimes, you just want to scream with someone else over all the exciting bits just as it’s playing out. But now, you need look no further than your nearest audiobook for deliverance 😇 You can listen to audiobooks with family or friends just like you watch a movie together. It could even be your road trip playlist! Just think of all the book discussions and debates that would follow! Lemme go pack my bags, oh wait! It’s still pandemic time 😶 But no worries. Sitting at home and listening to an audiobook together works just as well.
So there you have it, reasons why I think audiobooks can be a lifesaver. I hope I was able to convince atleast a few of you to give audiobooks a chance. If you would like to know more about how to get into audiobooks, where to find them etc, subscribe to my blog so you get notified as soon as more posts in All You Need To Know About Audiobooks series are published.
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Let’s Catch Up
Tell me all about your audiobook experiences. Have they been good? Bad? Horrible? Or have they been lifesaving? Comment below and let me know.Follow Books with Anjali on WordPress.com Follow my blog with Bloglovin