It is here, at last! The long promised guest post about audiobooks by my wonderful husband, Igor. I’m attending a Conference in Turkey this week. Will be back next week, to share about the books on this year’s to read shelf. Until then, do enjoy Igor’s awesomeness!
Like most drugs, my first audiobook was on the house. It happened five years ago on Audible.com, and I got hooked badly. Four years now I am still a regular abuser of at least two books a month, and by now I own well over a hundred.
Is listening as good as reading?
There’s a preconception that listening to a book is easier then reading one, therefore it must not count as reading. I of course disagree with this outrageous statement. I can’t let my overweight ego get hurt like that.
Instead I believe there are three types of learners: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. I’m the second type and I depend on hearing and speaking as a main way of learning.
If you are one of the many who believe reading is “not their thing” there is a big chance that you might be an auditory learner who hasn’t yet discovered the wonderful world of audiobooks. I urge you to give them a try.
But even if you find no difficulty reading books from cover to cover, I believe you can still benefit greatly from audiobooks and here’s how.
Benefits from having an audiobook in your pocket
1. You can read on the move
When I lived in South Korea I spent at least six hours every week on the busses and the subway. If you live in a big city or you drive a lot, don’t waste those precious hours. You can also listen to books when you run errands, or in low light.
Also books are heavy and you can’t always carry them with you. Of course the wonderful ebook readers are changing this. But if you don’t have one, most music players and smartphones will do for audiobooks. They will even remember where you stopped so you can take it from there the next time you read.
2. It’s entertaining
One other reason I love audiobooks is the great narrators who do the reading. They give great performances and add a whole new dimension to the books with their voices, diction and accents. Many books, especially biographies are even read by their authors.
3. It’s convenient and benefits the environment
If you don’t live in the States where you can buy books and have them shipped the next day, audiobooks are very convenient. You can start listening to them the minute you buy them. You also don’t waste paper and other precious resources that go into printing.
Ultimately I believe what unites us, readers and listeners is our passionate love of reading. I am so blessed to have married a bookworm, because hardly a day goes by without my wife and I reading together.
How do you feel about audiobooks? Have you listened to a particularly good one lately?
photo credits to Brian Lane Winfield Moore