Discussion: Audiobooks Yay or Nay?

     Audiobooks are a supposedly great way to read books during long drives, or cleaning, or working or whatever you do. I recognized this and decided to try it out for myself and so, during my two hour drive I put in the audiobook of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. The first leg of this journey was fine. I was interested, I was listening. Then when the first CD came to an end I switched it out for a music CD, thinking I’d listen to that the rest of the way and start up the second CD on my way home.
     The weekend came and went and I could remember some of the book, roughly the same as if I had read the book. However, that apparently was not the case. I started up the second CD and was so confused! I had it on for only about 30 minutes when I gave up. Audiobooks just aren’t for me, at least while driving.
     Another problem with audiobooks for me is that I cannot seem to concentrate. My mind constantly goes on tangents during the day and even when I read books on the page. However, the difference is that on the page I can reread those passages or just stop for a bit. The audiobook keeps on going though, it doesn’t wait for stragglers.
     In the past I have listened to audiobooks. I’ve listened to Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (Amazing book by the way) however, this was while I was doing a repetitive task for 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week. It was also a book I have read already. I find it easier to listen to a book if I’ve read it before because my brain can fill in the bits I miss.

How do you stay focused?
Do you enjoy audiobooks?
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4 thoughts on “Discussion: Audiobooks Yay or Nay?

  1. Jenna (Jinkies Books) says:

    Thanks! I've read reviews about the book I tried listening to and it sounds like it's very emotional so maybe I'll try reading it. Apparently we're just really bad at concentrating to oral stories.

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