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Let’s start with a little story-time, shall we? Up until the beginning of 2019, I was super intimidated by audiobooks. I had all these notions in my head that they were cool, but not for me. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to focus on them. I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy them as much as regular printed books. I wasn’t sure I’d find the time to listen to them. So I just stuck to my printed books.
But then I started a new job a few months ago for which I would need to spend more time on my daily commute and would lose the possibility to use my lunchtime as reading time. In conclusion: this would have been lethal to my reading life if I didn’t make any changes. So I tried an Audible audiobook for the first time in the car to work. AND I FELL IN LOVE.
Audiobooks saved my reading life. I’m actually ahead on my reading goals for the first time in forever. So I want to share the love for anyone who, like me, is still unsure about audiobooks. I hereby present to you: 6 benefits of audiobooks, according to…me!
1. become multitasking royalty and Make boring tasks and daily commutes go by faster
Normally I wouldn’t be in favor of multitasking as I’m a focus-on-one-thing-at-a-time kind of girl. EXCEPT when it comes to boring tasks and daily commutes. Things that don’t require too much of your brain power and can even be boring. THAT’S the perfect time for audiobooks. I listen to audiobooks in the car and I’ve found they make my daily commute go by much faster. I’m even looking forward to it. And the same goes for other boring tasks. Listen to books while ironing, while cleaning, while walking the dog, while working out, whatever you wish, and achieve all your reading goals WHILE doing those chores. Win-win.
2. Be entertained by amazing voice actors
Who doesn’t like being read to? Who doesn’t like being read to by amazing voice actors that make the story so much more entertaining? From books read by one actor to full cast audiobooks, they are all so amazing to listen to. Full cast audiobooks like Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid or Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff feel so real and are a unique experience for sure, but even one- or two-actor audiobooks are quite amazing. The life they bring to the characters is really a surplus and I’m often just entranced by their voices. Example: the way Perdita Weeks narrated Circe by Madeline Miller. I’m in awe.
3. achieve your reading goals at SUPER-SPEED
I don’t know about you, but I tend to finish my audiobooks waaay faster than my print books. Horrible for my wallet, but quite perfect when it comes to my reading goals. All because of that handy little option to increase the speed. I almost always listen to my audiobooks at 1,25x speed. Still feels natural to listen to, but gets you through the book in record time.
4. Experience old favorites from a new angle
Though I actually haven’t done this myself yet, I just know I will love this possibility of audiobooks. A lot of us are always saying we wish we could reread more, right? I know at least that I am always saying that anyway… Well, I think audiobooks are perfect for this goal! Because not only can you reread more, but you get to experience an old favorite in a new way. So it’s kiiind of like experiencing it for the first time, which is just brilliant and something we all want for sure!
5. Learn Language and practice vocabulary
For a non-native English speaker, I love listening to English audiobooks because it sharpens my language skills. It keeps me on my toes and I learn pronunciation. An added bonus? If you’re learning a language and already have some basic understanding of the language, you can listen to an old favorite in that other language! How about reading The Hunger Games in German? Or Harry Potter in French? Fun AND educational.
6. easily try something new or intimidating
Not sure why this is exactly, but it sure as hell works for me so I’m just rolling with it… For some reason, it’s easier for me to try books I wouldn’t try otherwise in audiobook. Or books I’ve been intimidated by and kept procrastinating for FOREVER! The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is an example – I’ve been wanting to read it for ages but kept putting it off because it intimidated me. But with audiobooks I just dove in, got hooked and fell in love. I also want to listen to non-fiction more through audiobooks. I mean, who doesn’t want to read Michelle Obama’s memoirs, narrated by Michele Obama herself?