Audiobooks: I have questions. You have answers?

Posted April 22, 2015 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Discussions / 19 Comments

The lovely ladies over at Lost in Literature had a great post this week – LOST IN OUR THOUGHTS: EBOOKS, PHYSICAL BOOKS OR AUDIOBOOKS?  and it got me thinking – Why don’t I listen to audiobooks? I mean it makes a lot of sense for me. I like to take long walks with the kids so that would be a perfect time. Also, when I am cooking dinner or cleaning I could listen.

With this revelation, I was all in. Checking what my library has (I checked out Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe). Looking into Audible. I was pumped. More books! But then I was all, hold up – I have some questions. So here are the questions:

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How do you choose what to listen to vs what to read?

I started to look at what books I would get as an audiobook and kept thinking “Oh no, I have to read that” or “I started that series in ebooks, I can’t switch now” But I could do that for everything really. So how do you choose? Is there a method to the madness or more yo do with whats available or on sale? Or if it is a longer book would you rather listen?

Do you read a book and listen to a book at the same time?

I will preface this question with the fact that I don’t read two books at the same time. But it seems logical I could read one and listen to one since they would be done at different times. Does this get confusing? Personal preference?

How do you keep track of quotes and such?

On my ebooks I highlight and make notes  but what do you for an audiobook? Old school pen and paper? Do you note where it is and go back? Ugh I know I am probably being silly here but I can’t see the best way.

Are there other options besides library and Audible?

Those are the two places I know. Are there others? Also, with ebooks there are a ton of sites that have whats on sale or free. Is there something like that?

Anything else I need to consider? Any recommendations?

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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19 responses to “Audiobooks: I have questions. You have answers?

  1. Audiobooks are interesting, aren’t they? For me it depends a lot of who’s reading them; there are some readers who I just cannot stand listening to! And therefore, that’s obviously going to lessen my enjoyment of the book, because I find it hard to like the reader, then I find it hard to like the book, you know? Pretty much what I chose to listen to depends on if I’ve read it before. Strange, but I’m more likely to want to listen to an audiobook if I am familiar with the story. I never read/listen to things at the same time… Just too tricky. And if I need to write something down then most likely I’ll type it in on a document as I’m listening to it. (I have terrible handwriting, so THAT’S out of the question. ;)) Unfortunately I don’t know any other alternatives beside from library/audible. Maybe iTunes would have them? (Not sure here. Mine generally come from the library.)

    What got me started on audiobooks, actually, was me listening to Harry Potter, read by Stephen Fry. If you haven’t heard them, then I seriously cannot recommend them enough! He is BRILLIANT with accents/voices.
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    • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

      Thank you! So much super helpful info. And YAY for the rec because I haven’t read Harry Potter yet and it was on my list for this summer.

  2. I have answers!!! 🙂

    First of all, thanks so much! I’m happy you enjoyed our post. 🙂

    Okay, now for the answers:

    1. Choosing a book can be tricky. Audible has the fantastic feature where you can listen to a little bit of it. You will grow to love certain narrators and really dislike others, so the narrator is key to an audiobook. For me, I tend to get distracted if I’m listening to an audiobook, say, in the fantasy genre where i really have to pay attention. I seem to like contemporaries better on audio. (But honestly, I like contemporaries better overall anyway.) Also I like more fun books, like road trips books, or something like that were the audio will be enjoyable. Really there’s no science to it. At first, you have to just go with it and once you listen to a few you will start to see what you like and what you don’t like, and you will know to watch for that kind of thing.

    2. I do read several books at once. I always have an ebook, audiobook, and usually a physical book. Since I read them all at different points during the day, I have to have several going. I don’t get confused… unless, of course, the content of two books are too similar that it gets confusing. This did happen once to me. So in that instance, I simply finished one of the books before I went back to the other to make sure i didn’t get the stories mixed up again.

    3, Keeping track of quotes is actually pretty easy! If you’re using the Audible app, there’s a “bookmark” feature. So you just click that little button and it marks exactly where you are in the audio so you can go back to it later. 🙂 If you’re not using the Audible app, then yes, you would probably need to jot down the time somewhere to mark it for yourself.

    4. Audible is my number 1, honestly. I love the app, so I’d much prefer to listen to a book in that app, rather than having to upload it into iTunes and get it on my iPhone to listen. So I always prefer Audible. My second most common audios are from publishers for review. Most publishers have a list of audiobook bloggers that they send out ARCs to. So if you end up really enjoying audiobooks, you should contact the publishers and see if they would add you to their list. A LOT of my audiobook reviews are for books received from the publisher for review.

    Okay, I think that answers all of your questions? LOL I don’t have a problem with switching between audiobooks and ebooks within a series. If I listened to the first book and really liked the narrator and notice that the same narrator is throughout the series (Like with The Lunar Chronicles) I will probably stick with the audiobooks throughout. Other times I have read one book, listened to the next, read another… it doesn’t make a difference to me. Sometimes I buy the physical book because I have others in the series and want them to match on my shelves, but still decide to go the audio route as far as reading it. I think I probably listen to more books than I read. But I’m also a VERY slow reader, so I get through audiobooks faster. BTW: They are recorded at a ridiculously slow speed, but with the Audible app you can speed it up to 1.5x or 2x, or sometimes even 3x. So when you see the 14 hours listened, don’t get scared… it’s more like 7, maybe even less. For me it’s great to just listen while doing things around the house. With kids, sometimes they are really a lifesaver.

    I hope I helped! If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask! I’m happy to help! 🙂
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  3. I looooooove audiobooks! My obsession started when I was commuting to grad school. Now, I love them because they allow me to “read” multiple books at one time.

    I usually try to read the books I want to read and listen to the books I feel I should read, but don’t always have the time needed to finish. As a teen librarian, there are quite a few books that I know I need to read (i.e. Cinder), but am not totally feeling. Audiobooks allow me to make sure I’m getting as many books in as possible. I also like to listen to books that I have already read, but need to reread to finish a series.

    I currently use Overdrive (from the library) and Audible. I listen in my car, when I’m walking my dog, or when I’m playing Pandapop.
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    • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

      I am totally into trying to “read” multiple books at a time. Also, I like the idea of books I feel like I have to read – i.e. for me ones i feel I need to be in on because everyone else is ( I have an issue when I can’t participate in a conversation bc I haven’t read something). My library uses Overdrive too so I will see how that works – Thanks!

    • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

      I am so not a rereader but I can see how with an audiobook it would be easier and more interesting.

  4. I was never an audiobook person — I process words better on the page — but then we got a dog. Love the dog, love getting exercise and being outside, and often I’ll run into friends when I’m walking, but on other days those hour long walks get boring. So sometimes I listen to NPR and other times I listen to audiobooks. I get most of mine from the public library website — they have a great selection. I use audiobooks more for fun than for review books. I listened to the first Game of Thrones book on audio — it was something like 40 hours, but it was really amazing!
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    • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

      Wow 40 hours!!! I definitely think when I am on my walks will be the best time to listen.

  5. These are FABULOUS questions! I LOVE AUDIOS. I can only listen while I’m actively doing something, though, so cleaning or walking or oriagmi or whatnot. But for keeping track of quotes? GAH. I wish I could figure that out. -_- BUT I CANNOT.

    Also, I totally read a book physically and listen to a different on on audio. I feel like they’re totally different planes. It’s the only time I read two books at once. xD

    I mostly listen to what’s available. My library has a horrific selection. *sigh* And mostly they have books that I’ve read already (before I discovered audios) sooo, yeah. I don’t know where else to get them from. I haven’t actually invested in Audible. I should look it up. 😉 I like to read complicated books via audio because I feel like I focus better. Like I’m listening to the Game of Thrones series on audio so I don’t skim or anything. xD
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    • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

      Thank you for all the answers!! I am seeing I can read and listen at the same time, especially if they are totally different in content. Also, I can tend to skim ( like The Goldfinch in all its 800 page glory) so I can see how listening would cut down on that.

  6. In the beginning I only started new series or read standalone on audio. Now that I know a few good narrators I have switched to audio for some series. I say the quote into my cellphone Talk to text. I have on occasion listened and read along..but for the most part I listen to audio when doing mundane tasks like laundry and cleaning or walking. With amazon you can get deals on audios for books you own..I started that way in selecting books.
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    • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

      I will definitely have to check out the deals for books I own on Amazon – especially for those I want to reread – Thanks!

  7. I don’t really know how I choose which to read and which to listen to! Sometimes I hear a narrator is good and that makes me want to listen. Or in other cases I start a series on audio and then just continue. And yes I both read and listen to different books but then I read different physical books/ebooks at the same time too. I usually have different genres on the go so I don’t get confused.
    And yes I use pen and paper to keep notes which makes reviews a bit harder. Another drawback for me is how long it takes me to listen to one book. Often 2 to 3 weeks but I love the convenience of it for driving or exercising.
    Another source for audio listens is this program which has free YA books during the summer, they have a great program this year and I’ve gotten some great reads from them over the past 2 years.
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  8. I’m pretty much an audiobook newbie, Grace, but I have noticed that some things are very important to me when I listen to a book, so I’ll be happy to share those with you 🙂

    So far, I have mostly listened to books I really enjoyed reading, because I don’t really re-read as a rule, but listening to a book is so different, so I allow myself to revisit a favorite that way.

    The narrator is very important to me! When I started listening to Outlander, I fell asleep! so that means the narrator for that didn’t really work for me. And now that I have listened to some audios, I have also found some narrators I really enjoy, and now I sometimes search for the narrator when I decide to get a new audiobook. Bahni Turpin is amazing, and her different voices and accents have made an already amazing story even better in any cases.

    I use audible, but that’s because Tantor audio doesn’t let me buy all the books I’d like to get – but they have a great catalog for people who live in the US. And it’s possible to bookmark audiobooks in order to pick out quotes, just like with a kindle 🙂

    Good luck! I hope you’ll enjoy listening to books, especially as it might help pass the time when you’re doing stuff around the house, or working out.
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