Audiobooks: Awesome or Awful?

Audiobooks: Awesome or Awful?I tried an audiobook once, years ago. I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the voices the narrator put on for the characters. I didn’t like the emphasis he used in sentences. It was all just wrong. I quickly gave up and never bothered again. Five minutes of one audiobook and I decided I didn’t like any of them.

But then.

This year I haven’t yet been able to finish a book. I’ve started several, but just… can’t… finish them. Turns out 2020 is messing with my mind too much and I haven’t been motivated or focused enough to actually want to read much.

So, I thought about audiobooks again. I thought about the fact I’d dismissed them outright, years ago, after trying and not getting on with one. I thought about the fact the one audiobook I tried was a book I was already very familiar with. I thought, what’s the harm in trying again?

I ended up choosing a book I had tried to read many, many years ago, but hadn’t read more than a chapter. I chose a book I recently watched and enjoyed the television adaptation of. I chose a book I didn’t really have any investment in or strong feelings on.

I’m just over halfway through and I’m actually enjoying it!

While I listen I usually cook, or wash pots, or do some colouring in. It’s actually really therapeutic. I will definitely be finishing this series via audiobook, and am looking forward to finding more audiobooks that work for me in the future!

Now the thing that annoys me about audiobooks is that amazon has the market cornered via audible, with so many books recorded exclusively for them. I am not an amazon fan, and avoid the company as much as possible. Wordery is my favoured alternative, along with local independent book shops.

If anyone has any audiobook recommendations—books you think work well or even better as audiobooks—please let me know.

And more than that, if anyone knows of any decent alternative to audible, I am desperate to hear about them! I’d love for my library to go digital, but alas, currently I am still left putting compact discs on hold.

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4 Responses to Audiobooks: Awesome or Awful?

  1. sjhigbee says:

    As a relatively recent convert to audiobooks, (last summer) I read your article with interest. There are definitely books that work better than others. I prefer listening to long, complicated reads – but I’m afraid I cannot help much with recommendations, as I use Audible…

    • Wendleberry says:

      I think it’ll take me a while to figure out what kind of audiobooks I like. I’ve heard a lot of the time you either get on with the narrator or you just don’t. And yeah, amazon really have monopolised audiobooks 😦

      • sjhigbee says:

        There are also audiobooks with multiple narrators and music between chapters… There is quite a range – and yes. I have abandoned a couple of books, not because I didn’t like the writing, but because I couldn’t get on with the narrator.

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