do you know what’s an absolute gift upon this crumbly planet? Audiobooks.
They are also thorough lifesavers and I will legit turn into a thankful, teary egg thinking about how much audiobooks have changed my life. (And no @ anyone saying audiobooks “don’t count as reading”. They do. Being read to is still the ACT of reading.) I’ve already listened to 8 audiobooks this year! That’s 8 out of 51 reads.
So today is basically just a huge
audiobook appreciation post!!!
I’ll also give you my favourite audio recs at the end because I am kind like that. I also can’t find photos I took of my headphones and audiobooks aghhhhhh. Someone pls tell me to label my photos better so I can find them again.
Top Ten Tuesday | audio freebie
1. I’m an auditory learner instead of a visual one, so audiobooks = lifesavers.
Which feels odd, because my life is literally BOOKS. Which are traditionally very visual things. But I’ve always found that I absorb and remember things that I hear better. (Ex: I was basically failing science in highschool until I had my textbook read out loud. Then I got As.)
So audiobooks are a giiiift to my brain. And look I’ll NEVER stop reading books with my little eyeballs — I love words on pages too — but audiobooks have got me through complicated high fantasy that I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy otherwise.
2. Which leads me to…audiobooks can make *huge* books less daunting.
Because I’m not holding 900 pages with my delicate wrists, thanks, sir. I wouldn’t have read Game of Thrones myself, ok? I just…I wouldn’t have. But audios meant I got through them and got super obsessed in a few months. AND THEN GOT LEFT ON A CLIFFHANGER THANKS, GRR MARTIN, YOU ARE SO UNFAI–
3. you can make them go super fast
Once I spent all day listening to an audio and then paused it while someone spoke to me. I was all: “Why are you speaking so slow???” Because I HAVE MY AUDIO ON AS FAST AS IT CAN GO.
I have three emotions and they are: confused, hungry, and fast. I like things to go fast.
(Also the faster the audiobook is, the less dramatic pauses or emotions the narrator can put in. 😂 Sorry but I want the story, not your feelings, dude.)
Look, one day I’m going to go missing, and I request that someone come dig me out from under a pile of unread books that fell and crushed me. So audiobooks mean I can read + DO ALL THE THINGS. Exercise. Mindless jobs. Chores. Travelling. Pretending to sleep.
10/10 to attempting to read while sleep.
0/10 is good for you but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
5. have you met British narrators.
Like why would I listen to you when I could listen to Steve West reading The Scorpio Races or Strange the Dreamer. BEAUTIFUL VOICES ARE AUDIOBOOKS’ CROWN AND GLORY.
Also, I’m totally terrible but…I can’t stand Australian audiobooks narrators.😂 R.I.P my loyalty to my own country.
6. Dramatised audios are practically a movie in your head.
I wish there were more like Illuminae! It has sound affects and music and it’s the best thing ever. I grew up listening to the dramatised audios of Narnia too. (They had some “behind the scenes” section and apparently they all just tromped around in cornflour for the “snow” scenes hahaha.) Also full cast narrations? LOVE full casts.
7. Audiobooks can double as *your friend*.
AWWWW. THIS IS SO PATHETIC. But literally, if you’re lonely = audiobooks will talk for 10 hours straight in your ear and will not shut up. Perfect friendship.
8. I like them for rereading too!
Rereading on a different medium somehow makes me absorb the story better? And it keeps it fresh! Plus I can listen to an audiobook and keep reading physical books, so I don’t feel bad about rereads haha. For some reason I also like to know what’s coming in the audio? But I also don’t like listen to audios when there’s a brutal chapter-cliffhanger but I have to stop and then I cAN’T SKIM FASTER TO SEE IF MY FAVE LIVES. #suffering
9. You learn how to pronounce things.
Hi, I may or may not be able to pronounce anything. Ever. (I say LAS-AG-NA instead of lasagne. I legit pronounce the silent g. Leave me…just…just go.) Also this is super handy with fantasy names when you highly suspect an author has rolled their face on the keyboard for name inspiration.
Funniest things: when you go to write the review and are just spelling all the characters phonetically and dying inside. You should read my Game of Thrones reviews. I didn’t even GET CLOSE with any of the spellings, lmao. I got Jon tho. And Rob. Bless those two.
10. They provide so many comedic moments for you to laugh softly at or quietly die of shame.
Like shout out to that one time I was listening to Nevernight and accidentally pressed play without my headphones on. The audio proceeded to yell “…AND THE DEFLOWERING OF VIRGINS…” and my family turned very very slowly to look at me.
Also: when you crack up at a hilarious part while out on a walk. Hi yes *waves* nothing to see here, world.
Or: when you get so so into an audiobook and then someone taps you on the shoulder to ask you something and you jump FIVE MILES OUT OF YOUR SKIN. I nearly screamed, I swear. Don’t talk to me while someone is d y i n g because I am too.
But before you go! Let me give you some recommendations of my favourite audiobooks to try! I use Overdrive.com when I can, or I get them from audible (usually when I can sign up for half price haha).
do you listen to audiobooks very often? tell me your favourites! and do you like them for any of the same reasons as I listed??? or do you struggle to focus on listening?