How Audiobooks Changed My Reading

Posted January 28, 2016 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Discussions / 65 Comments

A long, long time ago, before I started blogging (like less than year ago but it feels like forever!)I would have never even thought of listening to audiobooks. Not for any reason other than I never really thought about it. I always assumed it was more for commuters who had long periods of time to deal with but couldn’t actuallyย read a book. Boy was that silly!

After seeing so many other bloggers listen to and love audiobooks I figured I would try it out. Well, I haven’t looked back since!


Here is how audiobooks have changed how I read:

I have ventured out to other genres (fantasy and non-fiction) and found I enjoy them a lot in audio.

I am able to read more books. Now I listen to one book and read another at the same time. Also, I can bump up the reading speed to listen even quicker. This has very much helped bump up my books read number.

I can still feel slightly productive while still being able to read. I listen while I cook, clean, drive and work out.

It has helped me un-DNF (is that a thing??) two books I previously gave up on. So now if a book doesn’t work for me I will try audio as well to see if it goes better.

I am not a re-reader (See more here) but I think this year I plan to re-listen to some of my favorites and see how it goes.

If you aren’t listening to audiobooks or haven’t tried it out I really suggest it. You can listen to samples on Audible to see if you like the narrator. ย There are also always Groupons and deals to start an Audible membership if you google it. Also check at your local library. My e-library site has a ton of audiobooks for checkout. So my advice to you is:


Do you listen to audiobooks? How has it changed how you read?


Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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65 responses to “How Audiobooks Changed My Reading

  1. I was initially so wary of audiobooks myself but Nereyda gave me the push and it has been such an amazing experience. I don’t have a lot of free time where I can listen to one, but whenever I can find some time, I’ll plug in my headphones and listen to one. I mostly find them useful when working out since I’m not really a music person.
    I have had some mixed luck with some though because of the narrator not being great. I’m glad audible lets you listen to samples!
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  2. I love audiobooks! I don’t get to listen to them as much now as I used to when I had a 30+ minute commute each morning and afternoon, but I still love to make time to read times when I normally wouldn’t be able to โ€“ like when I’m at the gym or even at work. Haha. I especially love them for rereads or books that might be “tough” to read, like classics.

    Did you know you can get a discount on the audiobook versions of Kindle books you own thanks to Whispersync? It’s one of my favorite things. Audible also does a daily deal email and there’s a SYNC program that sends free audiobooks for a couple months each summer. I wrote a post about my audiobook addiction, and talked about some of these resources last year. I tried to post a link here in case you’re interested, but it wouldn’t let me. I’ll tweet it. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • I love that you mentioned classics. I don’t read them at all but wanted to maybe give a go at listening to one to see if it goes any better. Yes I have used whisper sync a little! Great feature! I did try the SYNC thing last year too.

  3. I love audiobooks! I actually love re-reading favorites with audiobooks. I sometimes take breaks and won’t listen to anything for awhile but most of the time I have an audiobook going. I have a very large audible library so I will never run out of things to listen to. I am like you and listen to audiobooks while I do a variety of things. I listen while I do laundry, walk the dogs, and while I am in the car. I also started listening at work when I don’t need to be on the phone so some days I might listen for up to 4 hours. Great post!
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  4. I’ve tried listening to audio books, but it just doesn’t work for me. I can’t have more than one book going at a time, so if I’m listening to an audio book I can’t read a book, which leads to all sorts of bookish chaos! I tried doing audio books while walking, cleaning etc but I ended up having to sit down so I could focus on the book lol. My multi-tasking idea really backfired ๐Ÿ™‚
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  5. I USED to listen to audio books all the time… but for some reason, I just stopped? There was nothing in particular; I think I just preferred to read an actual book. And honestly, my enjoyment of the book hinged a LOT on whether I liked the narrator — and most of the time I found I didn’t. So I stuck with actual books from then on. I think maybe I’d give them another go some time — but yeah, for me it depends a lot on the reader. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great discussion!
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  6. I’m listening to my first adiobook ever: A Storm of Swords. I like it! I’m able to, like you said, be productive while listening. BUT I think if I had never seen the shows, I wouldn’t be able to follow along. My mind will wander to whatever I am doing, but when I come back I’ll say “oh yeah, I remember this scene” so I get back on track. I don’t know how well that will work with a book I’ve never read/never seen the tv or movie for. I would have to listen to it and just sit there, which defeats the purpose of why I tried an audiobook in the first place. At that point, I’d rather just read the book lol
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  7. First off, I love the Obama GIF. I totally think he was talking about audiobooks when he said that – it’s obvious. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I don’t listen to audiobooks much – the only ones I’ve really listened to were the Wheel of Time books, which are over 30 hours each (making the listening experience a bit different than your average book). I’ve considered doing some “rereading” via audio too.
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  8. So much YES to this post!! I rarely listened to audiobooks before I started blogging and I love it so much now I don’t know if I could ever go back! It has probably doubled my yearly reading, to be honest. And I’m totally with you on reading different genres now. Like you, I listen to books while cleaning, preparing meals, taking a shower, putting on makeup… Basically at all times. It is slightly embarrassing when someone gets in my car and it automatically comes on though! XD
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  9. I think I’m in the minority in that I’m not a huge fan of audio books. And this is totally just me, but I don’t consider myself having read the book if I “just” listen to it. I don’t if that’s my Type A/OC tendencies rearing its head or what, but I just couldn’t count a book as read after listening. I *have to* READ the book. (Do I make life difficult or what? LOL) The very few times I have listened to an audio book I have specifically chosen books that I have already read and enjoyed. I do wish I felt differently because it sure would be a great way to fly through some books on my TBR! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  10. Yes to all! I’m relatively new to audio books as well and I had to kind of relearn how to listen because I had spent so many years tuning out kids! I do find that I’m more forgiving with audio books on topics and genres so I’ve used them for classics or books that are outside of my comfort zone too. I’ve really enjoyed using them for rereads. I pick up things differently in audio than I do in reading so it’s a different experience. Plus they’re great to listen to while cleaning! I’ve actually deep cleaned a room or two because I didn’t want to turn off my book yet!
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  11. I have yet to try an audio book but I’m definitely intrigued by them and feel like I should give them a shot. The only reason I’m hesitant is because I am easily distracted and I feel like I have to concentrate on the book so I don’t miss anything. That’s why don’t multitask as much when I’m reading haha. I like that you can listen to a sample on Audible because with some books I have such a clear idea of what the character sounds like and if possible I’d like to listen to ones that are reflective of that.
    Are there any audiobooks you’d recommend for a newbie?
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  12. I never ever thought I would like audiobooks. However, after getting a copy of Rainbow Rowell’s Landline at BEA a couple of years ago and going on a 8 hour drive to FL, I decided to give them a go. I haven’t looked back since!

    I don’t get to listen to them as much as I’d like, because I just can’t seem to concentrate on them around the house and I live 5 minutes from where I work, so I only get to listen at the gym or when I drive to visit my parents.

    I use Overdrive through my library and I LOVE it. It’s so awesome to be able to just pull up a book on my phone!
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  13. I slowly started getting into audios and I have loved it! It really can change the perspective of a book. I always use Wallbanger as an example. I read a few pages of the book and while it was funny, it will NEVER compare to the audio. The audio was 100 times better and super super funny! I laughed my butt off. My goal for this year is to listen to one audio per month but I’m already failing so we’ll see how it goes ๐Ÿ™‚
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  14. Hah, love the final gif you used! I have tried a couple audibooks and I just can’t focus. I admit, that’s all on me and how my mind tends to wander though. I WISH I could enjoy them more. A friend of mine really loves them and that’s how she “reads” most of her books these days.

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  15. I have a more or less new-found love for audiobooks as well, Grace! And it’s the only time I ‘allow’ myself to re-read a book I really loved ๐Ÿ™‚ I figured the audio is a different experience, so I use most of my audible credits on books I’ve already read and loved.
    Also, a good narrator can make a good story fantastic! I am amazed at how well some of the narrators change their tone of voice, their accent, their cadence, the speed… everything, really, in order to enhance my experience.
    I love this post!!
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  16. Aww that is fabulous! I am glad that they have helped you so much. I always thought of it as a “commuter thing” too. I think the main reason I have never listened to them is because my attention span isn’t great at multitasking, and I would see something shiny and stop paying attention immediately ๐Ÿ˜‰ I DO kind of want to try a sample at some point, just to see if I could do it!
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  17. I first tried audio in 2014 at Berls’ (Fantasy is More Fun) insistence. It didn’t go so well for me but I also tried this while on a family vacation where we were driving a lot and my husband wasn’t very understanding of me not being able to talk. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Last year, I set a goal for myself – 1 audiobook a quarter. I ended up listening to 17! I found that the narrator is what does it for me. If I like them, it’s all good. ๐Ÿ™‚ I listen while I workout, while I clean…it is nice to be productive AND get a book read. It does happen that I don’t always enjoy an audiobook though…but it doesn’t prevent me from trying another. I will say that I’m a visual person so I don’t retain details as vividly when I listen to a book as I do when I read it. But that’s not stopping me either.
    Great topic, Grace!
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