After watching Farrah’s vlog post on her October Favorites where she raved about audiobooks, I seriously wanted to give audiobooks another chance. As much as I had trouble listening to audiobooks, I wanted to see if I could really do it.
My problem with audiobooks is that I have a hard time concentrating on them. As much as I want to listen to the story, I have a tendency of blocking out the sound. I can’t help it. I’m not an auditory learner. I prefer reading to listening. Before I challenged myself to listening to a full-length audiobook, my iPod had been lying around with the battery dead for over a month…
But I gave it a shot. I went through my New York Public Library. After hours and hours of frustration because I couldn’t find an audiobook that was compatible to download to my Mac, I finally decided on what to listen to: Kathy Reich’s Virals. It’s been on my to-read for a long time but I hadn’t gotten around to getting a copy yet.
I’m almost done listening to the audio and I’m really, really enjoying it. But I’m still faced with a dilemma: does this count as reading?
I’ve read a bunch of debates on audiobooks on various blogs, but I still can’t get over my internal battle. I’m leaning towards counting audiobooks the same as reading a book, but I feel like such a cheater. Even if I’m getting the same story, I didn’t read it – I listened to it. Virals is on my currently reading shelf on GoodReads but there’s still maybe 20% of me that makes me want to say NO YOU DIDN’T READ THAT, YOU LIAR!!!
Sigh. What do you guys think?
… And furthermore, I have a hard time deciding on whether or not I should read a book or listen to the audio. There are some books that I have been dying to read such as Holly Black’s White Cat. I got a free download of the audiobook through the publisher, but I’ve been debating whether or not I should read it or listen to it. It’s one of those books that I was really excited to get my hands on, and I’ve been waiting for the right time to pick it up… But on the other hand, I heard that the audiobook is fantastic. I’m torn! Reading for me is a much pleasurable experience. But on the other hand, I would love to listen to well done audiobooks… I probably never got into them to begin with because the ones I attempted weren’t very good.
So… to read or to listen? Another dilemma.
All in all, I have figured out that I can listen to audiobooks and I can actually get really into them as well. I don’t think I will ever pay for an audiobook when my library provides them for free, but I will definitely check more out in the future.
What audiobooks can you recommend to me?