I listened to my first ever audiobook (except for the legendary Harry Potter ones) this week and I must say, it was an interesting experience. It was A Monster Calls read by Jason Isaacs, the person who plays Lucius Malfoy, and I really enjoyed it, but also have some regrets.
First, I know there are a ton of different types of audiobooks. I borrowed a playaway from the local public library, which looks something like this:
It's basically a mini audiobook mp3 player that I can just stick headphones into. It was great on bus rides :)
The Ups of Audiobooks:
- You can listen to them while walking, while riding the bus, while being antisocial in hallways- it's great to not have to engage your eyes in anything but still be able to read a book. It did give me a certain amount of fulfillment that I was always reading.
- The characters' dialogue truly comes to life. Jason Isaacs and all British accents in general just have such a soothing, easy tone that lets me slip into the world so easily. I could literally hear all the characters' voices!
- I was in kind of a reading slump at the time, and it was so nice to sink into a story without having to engage my eyes and physically having to turn pages- there are less distractions and obstacles to getting immersed in a story.
The Downs of Audiobooks:
- You can't take your own time with passages/parts you really like or are trying to comprehend. LIKE THE ENDING OF A MONSTER CALLS. I had to relisten to it 4 times to absorb it, which I didn't like very much.
- I definitely think that it was difficult to just have the audiobook, because I was reading other physical books at the time as well, which broke up the story and made it a little difficult to completely understand.
- Also, I just love physical books and the feeling of them. It makes the reading experience just so much better.
Conclusion: I think I'll definitely be utilising audiobooks in the future, but not for books that are dealing with such serious subject matter like A Monster Calls, because I'd much rather experience those in print.
What do you think? What are your opinions on Audiobooks, and how often do you listen to them?