So many bloggers are praising and raving about audiobooks lately, and I’ll always read this articles as if in hopes that they’ll make like audiobooks more. Unfortunately, I rarely seem to enjoy audiobooks.
In the past year, I’ve really been trying to get into audiobooks, but they’ve all failed. The one audiobook whose audio aspects were actually good had a story that ultimately made me set it aside without finishing it. And even that audiobook had some audio issues for me.
I just don’t like listening to stories that much. I can’t concentrate on the words as easily. When we had to read things out loud in class, I rarely listened – I normally read it at my own pace and often finished before the reader while listening to the reader in the background. I prefer seeing things, especially names, because otherwise they don’t stick in my head as much. If I’m going to read an audiobook, it has to be really engaging and I have to be doing nothing or next to nothing. If I try to read something else while listening then I get really lost (which, I know, makes sense, but I like multitasking!).
I also don’t like the fact that there’s usually only one narrator. If it were read like a play, with at least a handful of different narrators to differentiate between all the characters, then it’s a lot more enjoyable. It doesn’t matter if the narrator uses different “voices” – in fact, that often really gets on my nerves. I want a way to differentiate between the characters, but weird voices don’t work in that regard.
Audiobooks are also really long. In all of the pro-audiobook posts I see, they also point out that audiobooks are good ways to read while you’re cleaning or brushing your teeth or exercising. Well, I suppose the exercise thing could work for me, but nothing else really does. I’m in a college with a roommate, and when I’m home I have two parents and a sister who probably don’t want to listen to whatever I’m reading. If I lived alone or just with a significant other or something, I don’t think it would matter as much, but as is, I just don’t have the time to “read” via audiobooks.
Am I giving up on audiobooks completely? Of course not – never say never and all that. I am, however, even more wary of them. I think I’ll just stick to the written word for now.