Every other Thursday (probably; this one is the most subject to change) I will make a post that's meant to bring about some conversation, discussion, and perhaps even a debate. This can be about a book, movie, artist/album, or anything!
A few months ago, I signed up for a blog tour for an audiobook. I thought I'd enjoy it. After all, people seem to generally really like listening to audiobooks. They seem to think it's helpful when they're multitasking. So I thought I'd give it a try again (I had listened to a couple of audiobooks when I was younger). *sigh* I wish I hadn't. Not only did I have to pull out of the tour, but I learned why audiobooks don't work for me.
Firstly, there's the issue with attention span. Generally, I'm pretty good at paying attention. But I just can't do it with audiobooks. I'll zone out and have to go back again. And again. And again. I can't listen to audiobooks while doing anything else because I'll forget about it. It'll become background noise. I can't concentrate on what's going on, so I don't take in or comprehend anything. It doesn't work for me because I'd have to stop everything and focus intently on the audio. If that's the case, I'd just prefer reading a physical book. I could probably finish the book faster too.
My other issue is with the pace and narrator. So many audiobooks have narrators that really don't work for me for a variety of reasons. I tried listening to an audiobook on a car ride. Probably not the best idea because I need to sleep in the car, but anyway. The narrator's voice was so flat and monotone. Not good at all, at least for me. Then there's the problem of pacing. So many times, I'd read faster than the narrator. As I mentioned above, I could probably finish the book faster. This is the reason I hate when we have to read out loud in class or when we do popcorn reading. I'm so sorry to some of my classmates, but PLEASE read faster. I'm already skipping ahead. At my school, when reading Shakespeare, we generally listen to a recording and follow along. But there are so many times when I'll want to skip ahead. No such luck.
In the end, it's just personal preference. Audiobooks don't work for me at all. Maybe some day it will, but for now, I'm stuck with just books, physical or electronic. Sure, I'd like to be able to read audiobooks, but I'm also okay with not being able to listen to them.
What do you think? Do you listen to audiobooks? Do you have similar issues or does it not bother you? If you listen to audiobooks and used to have similar issues, what's changed?