Ready for another Yakkety Yak Sunday Chat? Well let’s talk about audio books for a moment. I really have a love affair lately with audio books. I created an account on Audible about 8 months ago when I started walking. Thinking I could get some exercise, but still get in my “reading” I signed up for a monthly credit. But then I couldn’t find much I wanted to download. For a while the credits started building up until I forced myself to use them. The second reason I started audio books was I was told first person stories are easier to tolerate on audio versus reading.
One of the first books I downloaded was Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning. I tried listening to it as I walked thinking I could get past the first person POV. So far I haven’t finished the book. I hear nothing but good things about it so I think I just need to go back and try it again.
Switching gears a little in the genre, I went with Maya Banks Sweet Series. While I loved listening to this series, I found myself not taking notes to critical plot points. So when it came time for me to write reviews, I struggled a lot. In fact, I haven’t written a review of one of these books that I will probably have listen to again.
So that brings me to my biggest issue with audio books. It’s not as easily to select quotes you want to reference like an ebook. I find myself trying to listen again to find where I found something of interest. The biggest problem…if I don’t get the review written right away, I tend to forget it. When I read, I have a better memory as I am focused on reading. When I am listening, I am usually doing something else, like driving. I will get to a point in the book and think, when did we get to the other side of the town. Did I miss something as I as figuring out what lane to get in?
So over time I have come up with two ways I use audio books now. The first way is that I am just listening to the book for pure enjoyment and have no plans to write a review of it. This has taken the pressure off me to just enjoy the story without having to try to remember all the little things that I want to note.
The second way I use audio books is to supplement my reading. Recently I started reading Shannon Stacey’s Kowalski Family series. When I took a road trip, I listened to the first two hours of the book. When we stopped, I started reading the book on my Kindle. When we left, I went back to the audio book and listened to two more hours. Once home, I was gobbling the book up because I couldn’t get enough of it. This way I was able to make notes as I was reading the ebook but also make progress in the story as I killed time driving.
So do you listen to audio books? Exclusively or along with ebooks? What are your thoughts on audio books? Do you think they will become a bigger medium of book delivery? Even bigger than ebooks?
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