Ear ear..

Posted On 15 July 2017

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I have taken the plunge into audio books and thought I’d share my experience so far.  To be honest I never thought audio books would work for me, I thought I needed to see the words on the page or that my attention would wander and I’d miss relevant information.  So, why the change?  Well, I’m walking home from work at the moment. Now, I’d like to pretend that I’m on some sort of health kick but that’s not the reason. Basically, I use public transport to get to and from work and in a few weeks the main road I travel on is going to be closed for 12 weeks for repairs with all the chaos and congestion that you can imagine resulting from that.  Basically I can’t be bothered so I’ve decided to walk and have been doing so now for a couple of weeks. The only problem is that I use my journey to read and reading and walking is about as convenient as painting your toe nails and skiing and as I don’t want to trip and fall under a bus I came up with audio.

I’m very pleasantly surprised so far. My first book wasn’t a great success in that I wasn’t enjoying it and I’m not sure whether to feel guilty or not about that but it was a learning curve either way. I started with a book that was the fourth in series and for me it wasn’t a hit. I couldn’t get used to the voices used, they didn’t fit the idea I had going on in my head when I read the previous books.  So, note to self : no swapping in the middle of a series although I figure that starting on audio and switching to reading would work for me perfectly fine.  I’ll have to experiment and find out.

Not to be deterred I signed up to Audible but I figured I needed to check out my library too.  I got some very good advice from a fellow blogger (thank you) and off I went (not exactly on an adventure, more like a quest).  Anyway, I’ve signed up to my library now and although it’s not got a huge selection of audio books I’m giving it a go. My second book was more an experiment as I learned my way around and was actually really good fun even if it wasnt a book I’d normally choose.

Since then I’ve purchased two more books from audible which I loved and put reserves on quite a few books from the library.

I think audio books and I are going to get along very well indeed. I particularly like that I can listen along whilst doing things like cooking or ironing.

I resisted e-readers for a very long time and yet now love reading on kindle. It’s so easy to keep notes, highlight people or place names, keep your place or buy books and now I think I’m also going to be an audio book convert too!  Who knew.

If you’re like me and you’re resisting the urge then I would say give it a try using your local library, its easy, it expands the number of books on offer and you could give it a quick trial like I did. Nothing to lose and plenty to gain.

My audio books so far have been:

  1. Thunderbird by Chuck Wendig
  2. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
  3. Borderline by Mishell Baker
  4. Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker

Coming up next in audio I have to look forward to:

  1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  2. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Have you recently given audio a try? Do you enjoy it?  Feel free to share any hints or tips as I’m a relative newbie and so any advice greatly received and most welcome.

 

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17 Responses to “Ear ear..”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Audiobooks require a huge amount of concentration for me: for starters it’s easy to let your mind wander when someone else is doing your reading for you (and this comes from experience 😀 ) and then I need to pay close attention since English is an acquired language, and much depends on the reader’s precision of speech. That said, I believe that walking (or driving on long trips) would be an ideal setting for me to enjoy an audiobook, since both forbid you to let your mind wander elsewhere…
    I look forward to your updates on these journeys 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks. I like that so far it seems to be working out and it makes me feel like I’m killing two birds with one stone.

  2. Carmen

    It’s good news that you are trying a different medium to do your “reading”. I tried an audiobook not long ago; it was a novel, and I believe I zoned out in the first paragraph. I don’t think those would work for me because I am a visual person, but who knows, perhaps trying another genre would work fine.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, the first book I tried wasn’t a success but I think that was my fault for trying a book mid series. The rest have been good and I like that I can multi task!
      Lynn 😀

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    It’s always exciting for me to see testimonials from audiobook converts, not only because I’m such a huge fan of audiobooks but also because I used to be in your same exact shoes! I didn’t think I was going to get into audiobooks either, and it took a few tries for me as well, until I figured out the first few books you listen to really matters. Until I found a book I really liked, I couldn’t really find my rhythm with the format either. But now that I’ve listened to audiobooks for a long time, it’s like second nature to have a book in my ear whenever I’m doing mundane tasks that require my hands but not my full and undivided concentration. Back in my old job I used to walk to and from work as well, and how I wish audiobooks were more widely available then, they would have made the experience so much more enjoyable!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Listening and walking certainly is a good experience. I dare say I’ll have a few misses here and there but so far I’m enjoying it. Thanks for all your advice too.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Greg

    Glad audio is working for you so far! I have trouble with it because my mind wanders, but if I was just walking and not trying to do other things it would probably go a lot better! I should try it. 🙂

    And I kinda resisted e- readers too, but now I’ve succumbed!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha. You’ll probably eventually capitulate and start listening too. I must admit walking alone is perfect for listening to books.
      Lynn 😀

  5. sjhigbee

    I’ve been swithering over this… I work mainly from home so having audible books won’t work as well for me. Having said that, there are times when my eyes are tired from all the flippin’ editing I’m doing right now – I may take the plunge after reading this!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I hope you do. I’m enjoying the experience and now I’m waking to work I can kill two birds with one stone
      Ly. 😀

  6. jessicabookworm

    I never thought about audiobooks while I’m walking to work, then again though my walk is only about 10 mins long! However I have really been enjoying listening to the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone narrated by the brilliant Stephen Fry; usually when I’m doing my ironing 😀

  7. Wendleberry

    I tried audiobooks once, many years ago. I hated them. The voices, the pace, the emphasis… I don’t like having any of it dictated (pun intended) to me—i like to read in my own way.
    However, I would like to see you attempt to paint your toenails and ski at the same time, please! 😂

  8. Jennifer | Book Den

    I love audiobooks! One thing that has helped me find good audio is to seek out the narrators for the audios I have enjoyed.

    • @lynnsbooks

      That’s a great tip and hopefully one that I’ll be able to use as I become a bit more familiar with everything. I think I’m going to enjoy the whole audio experience though which is such a pleasant surprise for me.
      Lynn 😀

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