I read my first audiobook!! | Busting myths about audiobooks

Hello everyone! As the title tells you, I read my first ever audiobook!! Cool, right? Although the actual book was a little disappointing (more about that in the review), the new experience of listening to a book rather than reading it was really great!

I was seeing so many people across the bookish community reading audiobooks, but I never felt the inclination to do so myself tbh. So what finally made me read this? There was this particular book I desperately wanted to read (The Mystwick School of Musiccraft), but unfortunately (or should I say fortunately😉) it was not available in the print format at all! You see, this book is an Audible Original, so it can be read, or heard actually, only on Amazon Audible. I kept putting it off, until last month I finally decided to give it a try, and ended up loving it.

Which brings to the question, why was I hesitant to read audiobooks in the first place? This is the question I will be answering in the second part of my post by busting different myths, which had taken over my mind (okay, that came out creepy😅).

First I would like to highlight what I personally liked and disliked about reading an audiobook.

What I loved about the experience :

  • For the first time ever, I did not need my eyes to read. Hence no constant grumbling from my mother that I wasn’t paying attention to my plate during meals, because now, I could read with my eyes on the food. Also, I avoided reading during meals earlier for the fear of accidentally spilling something on my book and ruining it, but now I can do so without hesitation. Yay multitasking!
  • I have the worst condition a bookworm like me can have – motion sickness! This means I cannot read in a moving vehicle without giving myself headache and nausea. But the audiobook solved this! I had to travel for almost an hour by car one day for an appointment, and I used up that time to make progress on my book. Goodbye boredom!
  • The audiobook really helped me give a break to my poor eyes. Whenever my eyes felt completely exhausted (which is happening so often now thanks to online school) I would put on my headphones, lie on the sofa and listen to the book (what a pretty picture of leisure!). No more tired eyes!
  • This point is not for audiobooks in general, but only for this particular one. The Mystwick School Of Musiccraft was completely about music, so guess what, there were so many background tunes and melodies. Not all the time, but like when the protagonist was playing some note, we could actually hear it! It really added to the experience.

What didn’t resonate with me that much :

  • I took nearly 20 days to finish listening to this one book😱! According to goodreads, it is around 380 pages which is not much at all, and if I had read this as a physical book, I am sure it would have taken me not more than 4-5 days. It was around 11 hours of the audio, but somehow, 20 days…that’s too much! And while I was reading this one book, I finished reading 3 other physical books side by side, so it is not as if my reading speed has changed. So yeah, this was a major drawback, because if I continue reading audiobooks, and at this pace, I will have no chance of meeting my Goodreads goal of 65 books.

Alright, now its time for some myth busting! This is for all those of you who, like me, are reluctant to try audiobooks.

MYTH #1

I’ll miss out on something if I don’t read the print.

This was the biggest reason I was not very enthusiastic to read audiobooks. Even when I started, I had this constant worry that I was going to zone out and miss important details. But as I got comfortable with it, I realized that this was not happening at all. Even when I was, like doing my homework or something, I found that I could easily concentrate. And to all those who are like me, I have another thing to say – sometimes it’s fine if you miss a sentence or two. There is absolutely no need to get paranoid or worried. And if you’re still not okay with the thought of missing a few words, I would suggest that you decrease the narration speed. Trust me, it helps.

MYTH #2

I have no reason to listen to audiobooks when I can just read the print.

Well, there are plenty of reasons. As I mentioned earlier, it is really helpful for those diagnosed with motion sickness. It allows you to read without straining your eyes. It helps you in multitasking. And it allows you to experience the joy of listening to the story. Do you really need another reason?

MYTH #3

It is too hard to follow what’s happening in an audiobook.

This was the other reason I did not want to try audiobooks. I was afraid that I will probably not follow if the narration is too fast, or too slow, or too accented. But surprise surprise, none of these things happened. Initially, I felt like I was losing the thread of the narration, that it was going a little bit too fast, so I simply slowed it down a little. Yes, most audiobook apps allow you to do that! My preferred speed was 0.80x throughout. All the pronunciations, intonations and punctuations were extremely clear, and I was very comfortable with the whole thing. Myth busted!


I hope you had as much fun reading this post as I had writing it. And hopefully I also eased your worries about audiobooks a little. TLDR: You should definitely give audiobooks a go, if you haven’t yet.

Do you read audiobooks? Do you prefer them over print copies? What do you remember about your first audiobook? Let me know in the comments!

Author: Rachel

Hey there, I am Rachel. I am crazy about books, and through my blog - "A Bookworm's Paradise", I try to connect with all the other bookworms out there.

10 thoughts on “I read my first audiobook!! | Busting myths about audiobooks”

  1. I haven’t read audiobook before. I have the same fear, I might not able to follow the narration, lose thread of conversations and don’t know if I can stop in middle to take notes. I wouldn’t like it of it takes me longer to finish the book. It’s great you found listening audiobook an amazing experience.

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  2. I’ve been really into audiobooks this year and I’m so glad that you finally gave them a shot! I think they’re so amazing and I have motion sickness too so they’re great for that! You said it took you really long to finish reading the book and you listened to it at 0.80x speed so my tip would be to try increasing the speed a bit. At first, it’s probably going to sound weird, but then your brain gets used to it and you can increase it until you feel like it’s the perfect speed. That way, you’ll read faster! That’s what I do and I end up listening to the audiobook at the same speed (or faster) than what I would be if I was reading the book physically. It’s because of this that audiobooks have helped me read more each month 😄 Of course, if you prefer not do that, that’s up to you, this is just a tip because at first I was like you and listened to my audiobooks at normal speed or a bit lower, but then I slowly increased the speed and now I can listen to them faster comfortably.
    I used to have the same fear about not being able to keep track of what was happening in the book, yet that doesn’t usually happen, unless I get distracted.
    I still prefer to read with my eyes rather than listen to an audiobook, but I think audiobooks really are awesome!

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  3. I’m so glad you enjoyed your first audiobook! I think audiobooks are extra special when they’re read by the author; it adds a little something to the experience. I’ve always been a little daunted by them, however, because I have ADHD and it’s *really easy* for me to get distracted and zone out while listening to something. I had an audiobook of one of the Redwall books spread over 4-6 CDs (yes, yes, I grew up in the Dark Ages, I know) and I remember enjoying it… but also having to pause the player and go back to the beginning of the track quite a few times because I had gotten distracted and missed something. I think Audible is a lot easier to use than a CD player, haha!

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  4. Glad you enjoyed your first audiobook. I absolutely love them and I always have an audiobook on the go at any given time. I prefer them to print books, if I’m honest. A great narrator can really get you immersed in the story. Neil Gaiman, especially, is fantastic at narrating his own books but, in my experience, authors narrating their own works can be a little hit and miss. If the narrator is a well-established actor, however, you know it’s gonna be good. I recently listening to ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ narrated by David Suchet and it was amazing.

    I think my first audiobook was probably the dramatisation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. That was back in the days of cassettes and I once had a complete set of all the Narnia audiobooks on cassette. Well, ‘complete’ as in it included all seven books but some of them were dramatisations and some of them were abridged versions read by Michael Hordern. I have fond memories of listening to them over and over again in the car on long journeys.

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