Why audiobooks?

21 Jun

I’m participating in Audiobook Week at Devourer of Books, in honor of Audiobook Month.

In general, I listen to a little more than one audiobook a week (6 last month, 62 last year).

The primary reason I listen to audiobooks is because I can read at times when reading a book the traditional way isn’t possible. Driving the car, shopping for groceries, washing dishes, watching gymnastics practice are all fair game for reading now.

Really, I like to multitask. I get itchy doing only one thing at a time. So now, I listen to books while playing games on my computer, skimming e-mail (I do have to pause the book when I want to really pay attention to something involving words), I even have one going (albeit one I’ve listened to before) while I’m typing this post, although I can’t write a review while listening to a book.

There’s one other reason I like being plugged into my MP3 player most of the time– I suffer from tinnitus (ringing of the ears). My ears are a noisy place, with a constant high pitched ringing. If I’m listening to something else, it is much less annoying. Music works for this as well, but overall, I’m more of a book person than a music person!

In general, listening vs. reading doesn’t affect my enjoyment of a book– I hope to talk about the cases when it does (for better or worse) later this week.

What about you? Do you listen to audiobooks? Why? (If you have a post up on the subject, feel free to leave a link).


Posted by on June 21, 2010 in books, Me


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5 responses to “Why audiobooks?

  1. Jen - Devourer of Books

    June 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Ooh, so smart! When Daniel is old enough to play sports I will TOTALLY bring an audiobook, if I can’t get away with actually reading.

  2. Sue Jackson

    June 21, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    I had no idea it was audio book week! It’s good timing, though – we’re on a road trip and listening to audios in one of our favorites parts of vacation! Not much time for blogging about it, though…


  3. Shelley (Book Clutter)

    June 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I can tell there are more talented listeners out there! There’s no way I could listen while playing games or checking email! Maybe I need to try harder!
    I do love audiobooks though–mostly for the multitasking feature.

  4. Bookjourney

    June 21, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I like to multi task too so audio is a big plus for me as well.

  5. Lisa A.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I love to listen to audiobooks on my long commute to work. It’s gotten so that there are certain series that I MUST wait for the audio book (The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport books, etc.). The readers do such a wonderful job of making the characters come alive that I really look forward to visiting with them again!


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