If you are a seasoned audiobook listener this post is not for you. This is for those who have either never tried an audiobook, are intimidated by audiobooks, have previously failed at enjoying or even finishing an audiobook. In other words this post was for me up until a couple months ago.
I do not have a long commute to work and I generally have always enjoyed reading physical books rather than ebooks or audiobooks, but I seem to have caught the audiobook bug and I am loving it. Before I go into my tips the best advice I can give you is to keep trying. Not book after book after book but try one and if it doesn’t work for you, try again next month or even a couple months later. I really believe timing and the right book have to come along in order in truly immerse yourself in the experience. My #1 complaint with audiobooks has always been distraction. That might sound weird if you’re still reading and you’re a seasoned pro, but as a beginner (and believe me I’m still a beginner) I cannot multitask while listening to an audiobook. It is still very much a focused effort.
Tip #1 Do not purchase an audiobook service until you are comfortable with them. It will be a complete waste of time and money. Use free apps like Overdrive that link with your personal library or borrow audiobooks on CD from a friend or your library.
Tip #2 Pick a book that you are really excited about reading or pick a book you are struggling to finish in another format.
example: struggling to finish Stars Above in physical format, try the audiobook.
Tip #3 Use headphones or earbuds to block out other distractions.
Tip #4 Read along in a physical copy of the book while listening.
Tip #5 Bump up the speed. I typically listen on 2x speed which is about the same rate I read. Test out the different speeds and find the one that works for you.
I hope these tips help you. Let me know if they do. I am currently listening to Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall and I am loving it.
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.
But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.
Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes? (Goodreads)