Posted on September 2, 2015
Audio Obsession #2. What stops you from listening to audiobooks? (Part 2)
What stops you from listening to audiobooks?
Today I continue discussion that I started in this post. I love audiobooks, but many readers don’t listen to audio. What stops people? I’ve come across several reasons and today I continue to discuss them.
I don’t listen to audiobooks, because I’m easily distracted. My mind wonders, and I don’t remember, what I’ve just listened.
My advice: find a book you are dying to read. A book with engaging plot, interesting characters, a book that makes you feel and think. Believe me you wouldn’t get distracted in this case.
I can’t highlight and make bookmarks.
It’s really a big issue for me. As a reader I like to highlight my favorite quotes, so I can later reread them. As a reviewer I want to be able to bookmark important scenes, so when I’m writing my review I can quickly find information. And I love to put quotes in my reviews. So if I really loved an audiobook, there are big chances that I would buy a book.
I can’t get into the audiobook, because I don’t like how male narrator performs female voices and vice versa?
Well sometimes I have this issue too. It’s especially difficult for a male narrator to pull off believable and natural female voices. I don’t like when male narrators go for a high-pitched voices in this case. I admit I had problems on several occasions. More often this happens with narrators with low, deep, masculine voices.
So my advice to you: go for a dual or multiple narrations. My latest audiobook with multiple narrations was One Plus One by Jojo Moyes. I also highly recommend audiobooks of The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater and Fever series by Karen Marie Moning (note: first three books were narrated by Joyce Bean, after that there was amazing dual narration).
I don’t have many opportunities to listen; my commute is ten minutes long.
I agree that if you only have ten minutes a day to listen it’s hard to enjoy audiobooks. To listen in small portions with long periods of not-listening is very frustrating. But ask yourself: Do you really have only ten minutes a day for audiobooks? You see, when I first started my audio journey I had a feeling that I had no time to listen. Gradually I began to find more and more opportunities to put my ear buds in. Nowadays I listen to audiobooks while I’m cleaning, cooking, ironing, even applying make-up, when I’m shopping or sitting in line to get somewhere.
So tell me, do you listen to audiobooks? If not, what stops you? Have I convinced you to pick up an audiobook?
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