5/21/2017

5 Things You Need To Know About Audiobooks

So I'm a recent convert to the audiobook. Its not because I can't read, I promise. My coworker knows that I like to listen to podcasts and mentioned that

"podcasts are the gateway drug to audiobooks"

She was right. This week I have demolished the first Robert Galbraith book - The Cuckoo's Calling. And because I've been under a rock I didn't even realize that Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym that J. K. Rowling took on to write the crime novels starring Cormoran Strike. The BBC is said to be making this book series into a television series. So here's my tips on audiobooks

  1. Try it out. There is a really easy and free way to take this for a test run. Audible offers a free audiobook upon signing up. Audible is an Amazon company and they have a ton of titles. So read that next book maybe just by listening.
  2. Join Your Library. You might be surprised to know that your local library has moved with the times. They will most likely use OverDrive, an app that you can download on your phone to borrow audiobooks and ebooks. The books automatically check back in when they are due back so no late fees. There might be a wait list for more recent releases but use this as an opportunity to dig into that backlog that you never got to read. If you don't want to wait get an Audible Membership.
  3. Multi-Task. I'm a major multi-tasker. My husband is always teasing that I'm trying to reach some kind of peak efficiency. This can be noticed in my undying need to carry all of the grocery from the car in one trip - there is no going back! Audiobooks are great for this. I'm time poor, like most people, and I love to read. Audiobooks mean that I can walk the dog, clean the house and drive the car all while 'reading'.
  4. It Still Counts. We've all heard that reading is good for us and that's true. But listening is also really good for us. So don't feel like you are cheating. If you are able to make it through the 15 hours of someone reading out loud to you and follow the story then your brain is still benefiting, particularly if you are completing other tasks at the same time.
  5. Enjoy! Audiobooks are not the only way that I will read a book. But proper reading might end up being reserved for long flights and beach vacations when I have the time. 

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