I’ve never really been a fan of audiobooks. But then again, I’ve never really given them a try. So I figured, what better time to try it than my road trip from Tampa to Charleston last week!
I’ve heard tons of ads for one free audiobook from Audible.com from a few podcasts I’ve listened to, so I signed up and was ready to browse the selection and choose my book. I have several on my list that I want to read, so the first thing I did was start looking those up. The biggest thing I was looking for in my audio book? A good reading voice!
I think my biggest turn off for audiobooks in the past was hearing snippets of dull voices. If you’re spending 7+ hours listening to a voice, it has to be a good one!
After listening to sound previews for 12 books or so, I finally settled on one. Eleanor & Park. I like the style of book that flips from one perspective to another, and as a bonus, there were two readers of this audiobook, which was great!
I listened to the first few chapters on my drive up but couldn’t get into it. I started thinking the audio book thing just wasn’t for me (for real), so I gave up and put some tunes on instead.
When it was time to drive home I thought I’d give it another try. I got hooked. Big time. The ride went by so much faster despite rain 85% of my drive. I almost didn’t want to be home once I got back because I wanted to keep listening!
Of course, this is mainly due to me enjoying the story, but also, the narrators did a fantastic job! It wasn’t a flat level, monotone listen at all. With the length of it, it felt almost like a “binge listen” (chapters instead of TV episodes). I couldn’t stop listening!
While I really enjoyed my first audiobook experience overall, I’m not sure I’ll invest in another just yet. Fortunately, my commute to work is pretty short and I don’t have any big drives planned in the near future. I think that’s where audio books work best.
Have you tried audiobooks? Love them? Hate them? Any recommendations? I’d love to know!