My Audiobook Experience

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Hey guys!

Well y’all, I finally did it! I never thought I would be saying these words but I took the plunge and finally listened to my first audiobook. And guess what? It wasn’t even that bad. Okay who am I kidding, I’m completely hook y’all. Audiobooks have me eating my words and I’m kicking myself for being so damn reluctant to give them a try in the first place. Seriously, how am I even allowed to call myself a true bookworm if I was acting so stingy towards audiobooks?! (Shame on me!)

Anyways, today I wanted to share all about my audiobooks experience, how audiobooks have changed my reading life and all the amazing benefits they provide and maybe some of you advanced listeners can give me some tips you’ve picked up while listening to audiobooks.

Let’s get started!

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I have always been a visual learner. Part of the reason why that is is because I have photographic memory so I’m able to recall passages, whole books or even remember text messages from years ago. It’s such a strange quirk but it comes in handy all the time. My auditory memory on the other hand is total shit. In college, I always tried my best to avoid lecture classes where professors didn’t provide PowerPoint presentations because there was no way in hell I would be able to listen to someone talk for an hour and remember it for the next class. Plus, I have a short attention span. I’m easily distracted by the littlest thing and my mind tends to wonder a lot.

My lack of focus and crappy auditory processing skills always made me think that audiobooks were not for me. So I always said no to audiobooks. I wasn’t even willing to give them a chance because in my mind, I had already written them off.

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It all started with my attempt to get my ‘Want to Read’ shelf on Goodreads to below 200 books. Every few weeks I would go through my shelf and remove books or series I no longer had interest in reading in hopes of bringing the number down as low as possible. Once I got the number down to below 300 books, I still knew that it would be next to impossible to get my TBR down to below 200 books by the end of year. Romance authors have been dropping new releases every damn month this year so trying to keep up with those books while also getting to backlist books was going to be a struggle.

Now I know what you’re thinking. Aren’t readers suppose to have an infinite number of books on their TBRs? Aren’t readers suppose to never complete their TBRs because they just want to read all the books? Aren’t we suppose to be constantly overwhelmed by our TBR and be happy about it? Well, I’m not that type of reader. I don’t like being stressed by my TBR nor do I care to read all the books. I just want to read the good ones…or what I think are the good ones, lol. Anyways, I needed a way to read faster and I decided one Saturday that instead of listening to music while I worked, why not listen to an audiobook and see how it goes. The rest is pretty much history.

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 I CAN FINISH A BOOK IN A DAY: Okay, I know finishing a book in a day is still possible if I were to actually read the book, but there’s not always that guarantee. With audiobooks, I ALWAYS finish the book that same day. I usually start playing my audiobook at around 9 AM and then by 6 PM I’m done. I feel so accomplished by the end because I get to cross another book of my TBR.  

I’M KNOCKING BOOKS OFF MY TBR FASTER: I’ve already been able to knock off six books on my TBR just by listening to them. These books would’ve still been on my “Want to Read” shelf because I don’t have time to actually sit down and read them. If I keep going at this rate, I will have crossed off 30 backlist books from my TBR by the end of the year.

MULTI-TASK WHILE BEING ENTERTAINED: I love listening to audiobooks while cleaning the house or when I’m working at the office by myself on a Saturday. It makes the time go by faster and I’m not huffing and puffing about having to do chores.

 READING” WHILE HAVING A MIGRAINE IS NO LONGER AN ISSUE: I do most of my reading on my iPad which is not really a good thing because the glare in notorious for giving me migraines. I also like to do a lot of late night reading which again is also not good because I usually wake up with a migraine and it hurts to even open my eyes. Whenever I feel a migraine coming on, I switch to audiobooks so at least I can still keep reading without being in agony.

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Now that I’ve listened to a few audiobooks, there is no going back! I’ve been slowly making a list of backlist books I want to listen to each month and so far I’ve been keeping at it. I do believe that there is a bit of a learning curve when one starts listening to audiobooks. I’ve realized that I’m not going to like every narrator out there so making a list of my favorites is definitely a plus because not liking a narrator has affected my rating of an audiobook. I also realized that I don’t remember minor details that I would usually remember if I had read the physical book, but I do remember the main things so hopefully over time I’ll get better at remembering what I hear.

Audiobooks have definitely changed my reading life for the better and I can’t wait to listen to more romance books in the future.

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What are your thoughts about audiobooks? Do you prefer audiobooks over reading physical books or eBooks? Who are some of your favorite narrators? I want all the tea y’all so feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below!

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I'm Ari, a local NYC bibliophile and a forever daydreamer. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book and my head up in the clouds. I am also a coffee addict and a chocolate connoisseur. I fell in love with the romance genre about three years ago and I haven't been able to stop reading about happily-ever-afters, which is ironic because I'm a bit of a cynical romantic in real life, haha. I hope you all enjoy my blog and fangirling with me about all the smutty reads!

22 thoughts on “My Audiobook Experience

  1. I enjoyed listening to audiobooks especially if the genre isn’t my cup of tea like mystery/thrillers and whenever I’m alone at home while general cleaning. My favorite narrators are Santino Fontana (You by Caroline Kepnes) Erin Mallon (Addicted Series by Krista & Becca Ritchie –> If you’re going to reread the series, I highly recommend the audiobook.), Zacharry Webber / Jacob Morgan, Andy Ardnt and Sebastian York (any book narrated by these three I’ll listen.)

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    1. BEA, YOU JUST GAVE ME THE BEST IDEA!! I’ve been wanting to reread the Addicted series but now I think I’m just going to listen to them. Those books are so long to begin with and audio might be faster for me.I love Andy and Sebastian’s voices. They’re my faves so far. I still need to listen to a book by Zacharry Webber.

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  2. Wow! A book in a day with audio? I can usually do 2 days, but I am envious of the one day! I like them for the whole multi-tasking thing and getting my TBR down, too. It’s miraculous really. 😉 Great topic post! I’m so happy you’ve joined us on the audio bandwagon!

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      1. I just don’t always have time to listen to them straight through. I don’t mind spreading them out because then I can listen to and read books in the same day.

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  3. I love audiobooks, I am more of a physical book person but I totally relate to all your positives with audiobooks as well. I will say though, that if you’re listening to an audiobook I find it SO AWKWARD to hear sexy scenes read out to you by someone else. Romance or erotic fiction I can’t do with audiobooks. Maybe I’m weird that way. Great post anyhow 🙂

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    1. You know, when I first started listening to romance audiobooks, I too thought it was weird to listen to sexy scenes but now I’m so used to it. Sometimes I’ll just fast forward it a bit if I’m getting bored with the sexy times. I tend to stick to contemporary romances though, mostly romcoms because the sexy times in those audiobooks are less steamy, lol.

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    1. OMG, I totally want your job! I would get so much reading done if I could listen to audiobooks at work. I would probably enjoy working more too since I would be entertained while getting work done.

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  4. This is such an interesting post. A lot of my studying in university incorporated some audio techniques, but I still can’t get my head around audiobooks. I think my main issue is the narration. If they get the narrator’s voice wrong I just won’t be able to get into it. Plus my focus would be non-existent if I was multi-tasking haha. I am intrigued by audiobooks but have yet mustered the courage to make the jump.

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    1. If you want to get into audiobooks I would probably recommend starting with a novella since they’re short or maybe listen to one of your favorite books since you will already know how the story goes. I’ve been making a list and keeping track of which narrators I like and which I don’t so I can avoid books that are narrated by those I don’t like. I think once you figure out what works for you, getting into audiobooks will be a lot easier and a lot more fun.

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  5. I really do prefer actual books, but even so, sometimes I can get migraines because I also read lots of books on my phone so it can become a bit painful on my eyes. It allows me to get things done and read, which is a major bonus for me!! Great post!!

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  6. I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying audiobooks! I’m a huge audiobook listener, and have been for years. But before I fell in love with audiobooks, I was a bit hesitant too, but now I adore them. Although, these days I listen to a lot less because I listen to so many podcasts.

    Anyway, some of my favorite narrators or Steve West/Shane East (Same person), Sebastian York, Sophie Eastlake, Amanda Ronconi (she is amazing narrating Molly Harper books – I think she makes them even better), Karen White, and Susan Deurden (great historical romance narrator). I actually have a lot more, but I’m trying to not get carried away.

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    1. Ahh, thank you for all the narrator recommendations!! Especially the female narrators because I feel like people hardly ever talk about their favorite female narrators and I need to add more to my list. 😀

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    1. Audiobooks really are the best thing to listen to while cleaning. I feel like I get chores done faster because I’m not stopping every 30 minutes to read which was what I used to do before, lol.

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  7. I really struggle with audiobooks, like a whole lot. I just don’t have the attention span for it, I tune out so easily. I’ve tried a couple of times to get into audiobooks but I couldn’t. I’ve never tried romance ones, though. Which books have you listened to? Maybe I can find one which works for me. I think part of my problem is I’ve listened to audiobooks I’m not all that interested in anyway. I think listening to them when cleaning would be a great plan, but I tend to blast the tunes and sing along when I’m cleaning.

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