Hi everyone! It’s finally the weekend and I’m here to talk about all things audiobook! I’d love to hear what you think about audiobooks: I know people who love them and people who loathe them. Some people class them as reading, some people don’t. Why are they so controversial? Surely reading is just reading… no?
Let’s start with a little bit about my own journey with audiobooks. I have not got a huge amount of experience with them but I am keen to experiment a bit more with the audiobooks that I consume. I’ve had an Audible account for a little while now and I’m desperate to make more use of it. I tend to prefer listening to non-fiction books online and some of my favourites have been celebrity memoirs such as Amy Poehler’s Yes Please and Sarah Millican’s How to Be Champion.
For me, the most wonderful thing about listening to these kind of books on audio is hearing the author/celebrity themselves reading the book. It makes the experience of listening to a memoir so much more special as it feels so warm and genuine. The intonations being in all the right places and the little chuckles here are there make it a wonderful reading experience. I rarely read memoirs in physical form but give me one on audio and I’m likely to devour it.
However when it comes to fiction I’m at a bit of a loss. Pretty much the only fiction I’ve actually read via audiobooks are the Harry Potter series which are narrated spectacularly by the incredible Stephen Fry. I adore the voices he uses for the different characters and being able to listen to my favourite series is such a soothing experience. But when it comes to new fiction, I’m not sure how they work for me. I am currently listening to Ready Player One which I’ve heard wonderful things about, yet I’m not sure how much of the story I’m actually retaining. I find my mind wanders a little when listening to fiction books but I don’t know if it’s just that my brain needs more training.
To summarise my current thoughts on audiobooks: I love using them for memoirs and rereading my favourite books but I think I am struggling when reading new fiction. I’m curious to know whether this is because I only have little experience with reading via audio or whether it means audiobooks aren’t for me?
I love the idea of audiobooks. I know they are not for everyone and I was surprised to see that some people don’t even include audiobooks as reading. In my opinion, listening to a book via audio is definitely still reading. The wonderful thing about audiobooks is that they make books so accessible to people who otherwise may not be able to lose themselves in novels. They take away barriers for those who struggle with long novels or aren’t able to focus on words on a written page. I know some of my own pupils really benefit from being able to listen to books, especially some of those who have dyslexia and find it difficult to read a physical book.
The other big bonus with audiobooks is that they can be listened to anywhere and everywhere! I quite enjoyed listening to Stephen Fry talk about Hogwarts whilst I was making lunch or walking to the shop, even just doing some cleaning around the house. They are great company and I love the service that Audible provides. Aside from Audible, I do wish that audiobooks could be a bit cheaper as they can be extremely pricey!
From me, it’s a big YAY to audiobooks and I hope that with a little more adjusting I’ll be able to listen to more new fiction and my brain will click into place with them a little more. But even if it doesn’t, I still think it’s a great way for me to reread old favourites.
Are audiobooks a YAY or NAY for you?
I’d love to hear more from you about whether you read audiobooks, if you’re thinking of starting them and, of course, what recommendations do you have?