Reading Tips

Why You Should Try Audiobooks

I don’t know about you, but my holidays were spent indulging in down time. I spent hours lazily reading away, with a blanket outside, a coffee in hand and enjoying some incredible reads. My favorites from last vacation included Burial Rights (Iceland), The Strays (Australia) and Pachinko (Korea and Japan); making it a most enjoyable (and international) break indeed!

However, all good things must come to an end and now I find myself hurrying again. Rushing to get ready in the mornings, commuting to work, sitting at my desk, inhaling my lunch, commuting home, shopping for groceries, preparing dinner, doing the washing and using any spare moments I have for personal projects (such as this blog!) I used to think this meant I couldn’t read so much anymore. I saw reading as an indulgence that I could only really enjoy during the holidays.

But all of that changed when I discovered audiobooks.

Audiobooks are a blessing. They allow you to multitask, engaging in a story while completing other activities that don’t require your concentration. I used to think this was a crazy approach, but once I started thinking of all the times I listen to music or podcasts it made sense. I’ve found that listening to stories while completing tasks actually makes me calmer. I stay focused on the story and can finish other things while doing so. Here are some ideas to try it out yourself!

1) Sign up for Audible’s free trial

If you’ve never tried audiobooks, I highly recommend signing up for Amazon Audible’s free 30 day trial to test the waters and see if you like listening too. Audible is a subscription service, which offers an incredible audiobook selection. In the US your first two books are totally free with this link, no tricks. You can play titles on your iPhone, Kindle, Android and loads of other devices. Best of all, you can cancel at any time and you get to keep your books forever – even if you cancel. 🙌

2) Choose your next read

This is always the most difficult part! Choose a book to try out. If you’re stuck for book ideas, take a look at my location-based reading lists for ideas. Something to keep in mind is the narrator, as this can make or break a book for some listeners. I often find the first chapter the most difficult, adjusting to a new voice inside my head. However, I tend to adjust quite quickly after that and I get used to having them around. When the book is finished, I even start to miss them! 😔

3) Try listening at different times

It turns out there is ample opportunity for listening to Audiobooks. I’ve discovered there are so many moments in the day when I can squeeze a cheeky chapter in here and there. Some ideas for places to try listening include:

  • when you sit down with your morning tea or coffee
  • while cooking breakfast, preparing lunch or cooking dinner
  • while doing the dishes
  • while walking or running (I personally find listening and running difficult!)
  • while at the gym or exercising
  • while cycling (just ensure the volume isn’t too loud and you can still hear traffic around you)
  • while commuting on the tram, train, subway, bus, boat (it’s great as you won’t miss your stop!)
  • while driving (whether commuting or on long road trips)
  • while at work (only while completing menial tasks)
  • while shopping for groceries
  • while standing in line (at the bank, the post office, the doctors and so on)
  • while cleaning the house
  • while doing the washing (sorting, hanging, ironing)
  • while gardening
  • while working on projects (such as crafts)
  • while traveling (especially while flying, my personal fave of course!)
  • while laying on the beach
  • while painting your nails
  • while soaking in the tub
  • before going to sleep

4) Share your audiobook experience

If you try them out, I’m curious to know how you find audiobooks as they are contentious topic among readers. Some people love them and others, well don’t. Are they are part of your daily life? Do you prefer to read printed books? Do you have an Audible subscription? What do you like to do while listening to audiobooks? Have you listened to any amazing audiobooks lately? Do you have a favorite narrator? Please let me know in the comments below!

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  • Reply Jordana Landsman February 17, 2018 at 3:48 am

    And, I confess, audiobooks and a discreet earbud even work while parenting! Wonderful article, thanks, from an Overdrive and Audible devotee.

    • Reply Ash at Tale Away February 17, 2018 at 1:20 pm

      Hi Jordana, I love this, such a great tip for parents indeed! Thanks for commenting, I’m a huge Overdrive fan too 🙂

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