When I first started reading, I thought Audiobooks were these atrocious things. I thought it didn’t really mean that you had actually read the book. I thought they were a waste of time. Then, I started following The Starry Eyed Review, and started reading some of Jen’s audiobook reviews. I finally realised the error of my ways!
I “read” my first audiobook in March, 2013. It was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It was a… decent audiobook narration. It wasn’t until reading Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins that I really got a knack for Audiobooks.
How did I not realize how good audiobooks were?! My favorite audiobook of all-time is Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell; the narration was superb.
Here is a clever list of pros and cons so you can decide if Audiobooks are right for you:
Pros of Audiobooks:
- You can listen to an audiobook while commuting to work, school, college, whatever.
- Just like the Kindle App, there are tons of audiobook apps which means you can always carry an audiobook with you! (I recommend the OverDrive app if you have a library card!)
- Multitasking is made easy with Audiobooks! You need to vacuum the house? Why not listen to an audiobook?
- You’ll go through your reading list much faster than you thought you would. No lie. I read 5 books in one week, and 3 of them were Audiobooks!
- Reading an audiobook is a whole different experience. There are times when you may love the book even more because of it (like what happened to me with I’ve Got Your Number).
- Having trouble pronouncing all those difficult names? Just let the narrator read it for you! (Take THAT, Game of Thrones)
- Your eyes won’t get tired!
- If you really don’t want to sit down and read that totally boring book for English class, just hear the audiobook version, it’s the same thing after all!
Cons of Audiobooks:
- They’re expensive. Audiobooks are twice (or even three times) more expensive than regular books. This is understandable, however I can’t afford to be buying so many audiobooks.
- If you want to fly through a book, you’ll find it’s a bit more difficult. The narrator reads at a slower pace so we the listeners can understand better.
- Some narrators aren’t for everyone. While there are some narrators that make the book ten times better, there are also narrators that’ll make you want to stop listening. (It’s happened to me a couple of times!)
- On the same note, some narrators are not good at voicing multiple characters. They end up sounding the same!
- I can’t just sit down and listen to an audiobook! I need to be doing something else, because if not I won’t be able to concentrate.
- Lastly, (and I think this is the reason so many people don’t like listening to audiobooks) you can’t lose focus when listening to the audiobook. Sometimes you can space out, but if you’re not really listening, then you won’t know what’s happening.
Don’t know if Audiobooks are the right thing for you?
Go and check one out from the Library! I read most of my audiobooks from the library, and I can download them straight to my phone or tablet!
You can also go to Audible and try out an audiobook for a free 30-day trial.
Last but not least, you should definitely check out the SYNC YA summer program.
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for young adults. From May 15th to August 13th, SYNC gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week – a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic or required summer reading title. Sign up for email and text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at www.audiobooksync.com.
It starts today, and this week’s audiobooks up for grabs are:
These are both free and you have until May 21st to download them, but then you can keep them forever! (Some of the titles are only available in the US and Canada only, check out their website for more details!).
With the SYNC YA program I discovered The False Prince audiobook, which I totally LOVED.
Overall, you really don’t have anything to lose by trying audiobooks. I understand how they could NOT appeal to some people, but I personally love them.
You’re up! Do you like audiobooks? Do you have an all-time favorite? Let me know in the comments below!