Top Ten Tuesday
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Top Ten Six Reasons I Wish I Could Listen to Audiobooks
Here’s the thing. I can’t listen to audiobooks. I completely tune out what I hear and space out and think about everything else. When I read a physical book, I can drown out the entire world around me, which is part of what makes reading so easy for me, but I never realized just how much I can tune out sound until I tried to listen to audiobook. Even when I’m driving, I tune it out completely and wouldn’t be able to tell you what the narrator just said.
Here are some reasons I wish I was different and could embrace audiobooks:
1. I could read and drive. I have about a 20 min commute to work. I could listen to an entire chapter of a book without cutting into my schedule at all.
2. I could walk/exercise and listen to a book. It’s really hard to exercise and read, even doing simple things like sit ups. If I could pop in some headphones and go for a walk, I could combine reading with something healthy. Right now, the promise of reading time is what gets me through my yoga routine.
3. I could pronounce names. As a kid, I could not figure out how to pronounce Hermione’s name in Harry Potter to save my life. It wasn’t until the movies began that I was like OH MY GOD I’m so stupid! Audiobooks would save me a lot of trouble and allow me to talk more about my favorite characters without sounding like a dweeb because the narrator would tell me how to say names and how to pronounce weird places.
4. It would slow me down. I’m a fast reader, but I hate it sometimes. I don’t want my books to end and I want to savor the words. Hearing a narrator do a great job would probably help me feel like I’m really immersing myself in the book. I usually reread series to get back into it since I can’t seem to slow my pace.
5. I could do errands and clean my house while reading. I could pop in some headphones and start mopping if I could listen to audiobooks while I do them. It would feel like I’m being productive when I’m also doing what I love. Instead, I have to clean and then read.
6. I could experience books in a different way. There are so many debates about if audiobooks count or how audiobooks stack up against regular books and I definitely feel conflicted. Of course they should count because it’s not like it’s a movie or a paraphrased book or a Cliff Notes summary. But it IS different. I love learning new words and I think being a reader certainly makes me a smarter person. How would listening to books affect me? Would my speech sound more eloquent if I was used to hearing words aside from regular conversation? Would my vocabulary improve more or less? How would I experience a book I’m reading if I’ve already heard it before? I would love to have a new way to enjoy books and experience books differently than I do now.
Do you like audiobooks?