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.
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.
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?
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!