It’s amazing how much a good audiobook can improve your mood when you’re driving! I know some people are skeptical of the experience listening to a book versus reading it, but a good audiobook can be just as absorbing, if not more so then an actual physical book! Plus, it beats listening to the same Rihanna song on the radio 20 times a day! The kilometers literally fly by as I become invested in a story, and there are times when I actually don’t want to leave my car until the chapter I’m listening to is over! There have even been a few occasions, where I’ve been listening to an audiobook that was so good I actually looked forward to getting in my car and driving!
That isn’t to say, however, that all audiobooks are worth listening to. In fact, there are a lot of horrible ones out there. The key to a really great audiobook is hands down the narrator. If you are going to sit in a car and listen to the same voice for the next 8-12 hours then the narrator’s voice has to be one that you enjoy. I’ve started some audiobooks only to stop them 5 minutes in after becoming annoyed by the sound of a narrator’s voice.
For many, the sound of a female narrator impersonating a male voice, or a male narrator impersonating a female voice is a bit odd at first, but if the narrator is good, these small details often fade away as you become absorbed in the actual storytelling.
Here are a few things I’ve learned since starting to listen to audiobooks:
1. Borrow about 2 or 3 audiobooks at once from the library, in case the book you were hoping to read ends up having a really horrible narrator. Give the narrator a good chance to win you over, but if you aren’t feeling the love then you can quickly switch books and start something new!
2. Always have the next disc for your audiobook ready to go and within reach! There is nothing more frustrating (or dangerous) then trying to get a disc out of an audiobook case while keeping your eyes on the road and speeding down the highway. I usually go through about 2-3 discs during my daily commute!
All in all audiobooks are a great way of “reading” when you have a crazy schedule. Listening to audiobooks has helped me feel like I’m still tackling my to-read pile, while also filling my craving for words and stories. I’ve become so hooked on audiobooks, I actually think I’ll miss them once my commuting is over!
Have you ever tried listening to an audiobook? Do you have any awesome audiobook recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below!