Up until a couple of weeks ago, I had never read an audio book. They didn’t seem like something I’d enjoy, because I know how much I love to hold a real book. I had a four hour car journey ahead of me this one weekend, though, so I thought that would be the best possible time to give it a go. And surprisingly, I loved it.
I read Binge by Tyler Oakley, read by the author. Tyler is a YouTuber I’ve loved for a while, so I was pretty confident I’d enjoy the book. And listening to him read it all felt just like watching one of his videos. With the way it was written, I really did feel like I was sitting and having a chat with Tyler, instead of having to concentrate hard on world building or something like that. I haven’t listened to any other books yet, so I don’t know if the reason I enjoyed it so much was just because it was read by the author. I feel like it might not have the same effect if it was read by someone else?
The main reason I was worried about not enjoying an audio book was because, like I said, I really love physical books. I like the feeling of having something to hold while you snuggle up in bed, or being able to bookmark a particular quote you like, all things you can’t do with an audio book. Because I listened to it in the car and walking to school, I found that stuff like that didn’t really matter. I didn’t have anything I could do that might distract me, so I was perfectly happy to just sit and listen. If you have the same problem as me, I say definitely multi task while you’re listening. I tried to listen to it at a different time, and couldn’t do it at all. Multitasking helped a lot!
I haven’t read another one yet, because I got Binge for free off Audible, but have to pay $15 for any more books after that. That seems like way too much for me, although I can understand that they have to pay the readers as well as the authors. If anyone knows some cheap places I can get audio books though, I would definitely be willing to try another one!
Now, the discussion part; I want to know what you think about audio books. Do you love them? Hate them? Haven’t had the chance to try them? Let me know! Let’s have a chat about it