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Four reasons why you should be on the audiobooks bandwagon

Too busy to read? Listen close. We've got a solution for you.

Camillia Dass
Camillia Dass

Published: 13 April 2016, 12:04 PM

While I love reading books, I find it tiring sometimes to look at pages of words. This is why audiobooks are a lifesaver for the bookworm in me.

If you are still on the fence about switching to audiobooks, trust me, you are missing out.

I started using audiobooks a few months ago and I noticed that I have been reading twice as fast (because you can adjust the speed of an audiobook) and have picked up more books than before.

Here are four reasons why you should be on the audiobook bandwagon.

1. You can do other stuff while listening to your book.

 

You can listen to audiobooks while cleaning your room.

 

With audiobooks, you can no longer complain about being “too busy” to read. Why?

Well, you can listen to audiobooks everywhere. You can easily listen to an audiobook in the train, while cleaning your room or even while you are having a shower! Please do not bring your phone into the shower, though. I am not responsible for any damaged or waterlogged devices.

2. Unlike books, audiobooks are easy on your eyes

Thanks to my love of reading, my current glasses are about four inches thick. This is why audiobooks are so awesome. They do not strain your eyes, yet, they still give you the benefits of reading, like becoming smarter and passing the time.

 

With audiobooks, you can chuck your glasses away.

 

You can literally “read” with your eyes closed. What more could you want? I mean, seriously. What more?

3. Audiobooks now come with celebrity voices, sound effects and background music

If you think audiobooks are just recordings of some random guy reading the stories to you out loud, you are wrong.

Audiobooks have changed remarkably over the years. Nowadays, many audiobooks come with different voices for different characters, background music and sound effects.

 

Scottish actor David Tennant recording his voice for the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang audiobook.
Photo credit: Ianfleming.com

 

Many celebrities like Tim Curry, Lemony Snicket, Tyler Oakley, and Ellen Degeneres are starting to venture into recording audiobooks, so that you can literally have them reading their books to you. How awesome!

4. It teaches you to be a better listener

I am, by no means, an auditory learner. I learn better with visuals. So, when I started listening to audiobooks, I struggled. I often had to skip backwards to listen to a page or a chapter as I got distracted midway.

That was almost enough for me to swear off audiobooks at one point, but for some reason, I decided to stick with it and I’ve noticed how much my listening skills and focus has improved.

 

Everybody loves someone who knows how to be a good listener.

 

Since there is nothing concrete – like pages or texts – to focus on, audiobooks train you to listen carefully to what is being said.

If I’ve managed to sell you on the idea of audiobooks, check out my next post in a few weeks on how you can go about listening to audiobooks. I will be recommending a few good ones to kick-start your audiobook journey too!


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