I thought I’d write a little post today about my first thoughts on audiobooks. I am currently about a quarter of the way through my first audiobook and honestly…I’m loving it! I don’t know why I haven’t listened to audiobooks before – they’re so handy!
As some of you may know from previous posts, I started a full time job last month, meaning I don’t have as much free time to read as I previously did. You would have seen in my last post that it took me 35 days (over a month!) to read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, a book I really enjoyed. It only took me this long as I haven’t had time to sit down and read properly; my train journeys are only about 10 minutes long each, my lunch break doesn’t last long, and by the time I get home I just want to chill and watch some TV and go to bed. This led me to think about how I could get more reading into my day. I love reading (clearly) and I missed reading multiple books in a month, therefore, I decided at the start of this month to sign up to Audible and try out my first audiobook.
I took some time choosing the book I wanted to read/listen to for my first audiobook. I wanted something that I’ve been meaning to read for a while, but also something fairly long. I chose Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, a book that has only been on my Goodreads TBR since August, but one I’ve been intrigued about since I heard of it last year. I wanted a fairly long book as I wanted to get as long an experience as I could out of my first book, to make sure I enjoy it. This book is around 18 hours long, which is pretty long if you ask me!
Initially I wasn’t sure how I’d get on with audiobooks, as I wasn’t sure about different narrators. However, so far I’ve found the narrator of this, Steve West, to be amazing. His voice is lovely to listen to, and he even does different voices/accents for certain characters, something I really enjoy. I’ve found my ideal listening speed to be 1.25x as well, which is something that took me a while to figure out. I tried faster speeds but found I couldn’t keep up with the story, and I tried the standard speed but found it to be too slow.
I’m actually really enjoying audibooks already. They’re so convenient and I can’t wait to listen to more. I think they’ll be really handy when I read my next ‘Rereading Old Favourites’ book as I can read the physical copies when I can, and listen to the audiobook on my way to work and on my lunch breaks. I think this is going to be something like ebooks for me now too – something I was skeptical about initially but something I’ve grown to love for their convenience and practicality.
I’ve found that I can read a few chapters now in the mornings, on my train journeys and on my walk from the station to work. This is something I couldn’t do with a physical book as I would definitely walk into something or trip over. The first day of listening to Strange the Dreamer I managed to listen to nearly two hours of the book, which surprised me as it didn’t feel like that long!
I’m looking forward to listening to more audiobooks in the future, especially now in the busy Christmas period as I’ll most likely be in work quite a bit. Like I said, they’re so convenient and I can’t wait to find my next read to listen to!
What are your thoughts on audiobooks, do you love them or not? Let me know, I’d love to hear your thoughts and discuss them in the comments!