Top Ten Tuesday: Confessions of an Audiobook Newbie

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This week’s topic is Audio Freebie.  Participants are encouraged to put their own particular take on the topic – as Jana puts it ‘audiobooks, music, podcasts, you name it’.  As someone who has only recently experimented with listening to audiobooks,  I’m coming clean with my Confessions of an Audiobook Newbie.

Confession 1 – I’ll admit to being a late adopter of technology generally. Until recently my experience of listening to books rather than reading the words was confined to books on audio cassettes many years ago. Yes, that dates me.

Confession 2 – I can’t emulate those people who can multitask while listening to audiobooks.  So no listening while doing household chores, while at the gym (since that would involve actually going to the gym) or while driving (as that would involve being able to drive and owning a car). I find I need to give an audiobooks my full attention.

Confession 3 – I struggle with the fact that listening to an audiobook involves a longer investment of time than reading the physical version of the book. I’m conscious of the huge stack of books on my bookshelf waiting to be read and the number of books I might have been able to get through in the time it takes to listen to a single audiobook.

Confession 4 – Apart from my aforementioned experience with audio cassettes in the technological equivalent of the Dark Ages, I’ve only listened to three audiobooks so far: Zoo Station by David Downing, The Turn of Midnight by Minette Walters and All Among the Barley by Melissa Harrison.

Confession 5 – I only became recently aware that my local library offers the facility to ‘borrow’ audiobooks, albeit a fairly limited selection.

Confession 6 – I honestly intended to use a recent long flight to start listening to Tombland by C J Sansom but I got distracted by some of the films on offer.

Confession 7 –  The two audiobooks I plan to listen to next (Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller and The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey) I actually have copies of already on my Kindle (and have had for some time).

Confession 8 – I’m distinctly unfussy about the narrators of audiobooks. Male, female, I don’t care as long as they have clear diction and read at a suitable pace.

Confession 9 – Although I find listening to an audiobook very relaxing I also find it makes me sleepy – possibly a throwback to being read bedtime stories as a child.

Confession 10 – Don’t even mention podcasts – I’m a late adopter, remember…

What are your tips for learning to love audiobooks?

21 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Confessions of an Audiobook Newbie

  1. I can absolutely relate to confessions 2 and 3. I try to listen to a short chapter over breakfast every morning but after ten minutes or so, I can already feel my brain drifting off elsewhere and realise I don’t have a clue what’s been said. My best experience so far was when I had a bad cold and was spread out on the sofa with my eyes closed. 😄

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    1. Yes, I can completely identify with the eyes closed side (although hopefully without the bad cold). I find I need to give an audio book my complete concentration, just like if I was reading a book. But them I’m someone who needs complete silence to read anyway.

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  2. Welcome to the new audiobook world! I have to admit that there are certain genres I prefer on audio (mysteries/thrillers). I’m also one of those who can listen intently and easily while doing mindless chores. I also wear headphones while grocery shopping (a chore I despise). I think it’s an acquired skill☺️

    Thanks for sharing your confessions, Cathy!

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  3. I’m the same when it comes to not listening while doing other things. I do listen to non-fiction podcasts while doing chores but I like to give audiobooks my full attention. (I guess in analogue terms it’s the difference between reading a newspaper and reading a novel!)

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  4. Great confessions. I don’t listen to audiobooks at all really. Like you, they tend to put me to sleep. It also doesn’t help that the main time I’m able to listen to them is before bed (while in bed). I bet that didn’t help.

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    1. I’m really surprised how much my ‘confessions’ are chiming with other people! There are more people struggling to get to grips with/love the format than I imagined 😁


  5. I have to be doing something else while listening or else I totally tune out the book! I have a tendency to get lost in my own thoughts. And I can pretty much just forget about it if it’s not playing directly in my ears (I need headphones of some sort). I hope you enjoy your next audio-reads!

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  6. All resonant with my own experience of audiobooks! I used to listen while driving but I don’t commute any more, and listening at home definitely induces nap-time! My only tip is to find a youtube video of something to watch while listening – that helps me stay awake. So a wood fire for a chilly book, or I watched endless seascapes while listening to Treasure Island, etc…

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  7. I’m not sure I’d listen to many audiobooks if I didn’t listen to them in the car or while doing chores. That’s when I’ve been listening to them. I have a confession of my own to make: I haven’t listened to too many audiobooks yet and just recently signed up for the Audible trial.


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