Top Ten Tuesday: Top ten reasons to listen to audiobooks

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is an audio freebie – any topic at all, so long as it relates in some way to audiobooks, podcasts, playlists… you get the idea.

Rather than listing some of my favorite audiobooks, I thought I’d list a bunch of the great things about audiobooks. Let’s see if I can get to 10!

  1. They’re great for driving — either short trips across town or hours-long road trips. The miles fly by while listening to a good story!
  2. They keep me from getting bored while doing mindless chores — especially folding laundry.
  3. Audiobooks are a great way to re-read a book without feeling like I’m neglecting newer books that I’ve been meaning to read.
  4. Listening to a book can give a new perspective on a story, just by hearing how the dialogue sounds out loud or how certain parts get emphasized.
  5. Sometimes, the author is also the narrator, and in the best of these, it’s wonderful to hear how the author chooses to portray his/her own characters.
  6. Great narration brings characters to life. For example, I liked Lord John (in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series and in the Lord John stand-alone books), but I didn’t LOVE him until I heard Jeff Woodman’s awesome narration. Somehow, he captures John’s aristocratic upbringing, his dry sense of humor, and his innate goodness so just perfectly.
  7. Funny books are even funnier read out loud. Wil Wheaton brought me to tears — laughing — with his narration of two of John Scalzi’s super funny sci-fi books. Something about the way he pronounced the aliens’ names… call me a child, but I cracked up every time.
  8. Creepy books are even creepier read out loud. Case in point: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson may be a good book, but the audiobook is creeeeepy. The narrator puts in these odd inflections and does a sing-songy thing with some of the repeated lines, and man, it is so good.
  9. Audiobooks make great exercise motivators! I like to go for long walks, but when I want to go for really long walks, an addictive audiobook really helps. I have a hard time listening to audiobooks if I’m sitting still — so if I’m listening to something really intense or suspenseful, maybe I’ll walk the extra several blocks just so I can see what happens next!
  10. Somehow, I find myself willing to listen to books that I wouldn’t ever get around to reading. Again, this is probably because I listen to audiobooks at times when I just physically can’t read a hard copy book, so I don’t feel like I’m “wasting” my reading time. Through audiobooks, I’ve read some great non-fiction stories, and have even enjoyed a couple of collections of short stories, which I usually cannot stand to read.

There you have it — the 10 things I love most about audiobooks. Do you listen to audiobooks? What do you love most about them?

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25 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top ten reasons to listen to audiobooks

  1. I don’t do audiobooks much, though I do agree they make driving go by so much faster! But it has to be of books I have already read. Seriously though, sign me up for anything read by Wil Wheaton! I am definitely going to have to go check those out 🙂

    My TTT.

    • Ha, that’s pretty funny. And any audiobook that provokes a response can be awkward — I’ve had some that have made me laugh crazily in public… and then there’s the public crying…

  2. I love listening to audiobooks when folding laundry. lol And dishes. I usually do a lot of cardio/weights for exercising (when I do exercise that is) so I need some pump up music… I should try to go for walks more… and listen to audiobooks. 🙂 Good to know about the Shirley Jackson book! I haven’t read that one and have been meaning to for ages.

  3. I have only ever listened to one audiobook, and while I enjoyed it, I just find it harder to concentrate on an audiobook – I have a tendency to drift off and start daydreaming when I’m listening to something instead of reading it. But you’ve definitely got me rethinking my approach…!!

    • I kept drifting off too at first, and I assumed audiobooks just weren’t for me. I realized that I just needed to change my approach though, and once I tried an audio version of something I’d already read and wanted to revisit, the experience was completely different (and I was hooked.) 🙂

  4. You’ve made some really good points! I’m so bad at consistently listening to audiobooks or podcasts, but once I was really sick and listened to The Golden Compass on audiobook while I was bedridden — I love those audiobooks that have music and full casts, it’s almost like watching a movie!

    • Interesting — I’ve never tried a full-cast audiobook, but I think I should check one out and see if I like it! I love The Golden Compass, but haven’t heard the audiobook yet, so that might be a good place to start. 🙂

      • Yes! Do check it out. The whole battle with the witches at the end sounded amazing, really immersive. Whole cast audiobooks are kind of the best of both world adaptations — you get a whole cast as though the book were adapted into a movie, but the visuals are all your own AND you know the production follows the book perfectly. 🙂

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