The weeks before the holidays are prime times for listening to audiobooks while decorating, cooking, and wrapping packages. Publishers release many audios tailored for the season each year, so you can listen to one of your classic favorites or a new title as you work.
Some weeks ago, I described my love of books in traditional format and the benefits of including e-books in my reading routines. A third format, the audiobook, has made it possible for me to broaden my options even further.
In the past, some purists didn’t consider listening to audiobooks to be “reading”. I count mine because I receive the same benefits from audiobooks as I do with traditional books, except for practicing reading as a skill. Reading books encompasses much, much more and my reading diet doesn’t suffer by the inclusion of an occasional audiobook.
Here are some reasons I enjoy audiobooks:
- They allow me to enjoy more books. I am able to add several titles to my “have read” list each year that I could not have otherwise included .
- I’m able to listen while I do other activities, such as getting dressed for the day, putting on make-up, folding laundry and loading the dishwasher. The weeks before the holidays are prime times for listening to audiobooks while decorating, cooking, and wrapping packages. Publishers release many audios tailored for the season each year, so you can listen to one of your classic favorites or a new title as you work.
- Audiobooks are very portable when I have them downloaded to my phone. I don’t even need to carry a reader to catch a few minutes of a good book.
- I can escape to an audiobook during boring or not-so-pleasant experiences, such as waiting in the doctor’s office or standing in a long line. (Earbuds come in handy during those times.)
- I can listen to an audiobook when traveling, and not be tied in to others’ listening preferences. You don’t have to listen to your least favorite type of music when trapped in a car with others who love it. You can take out your audiobook, nod to those whose taste in music differs from yours, and enjoy the ride.
- Excellent narration adds another dimension to my listening experience. Some books I’ve enjoyed lately that have been enhanced by the narration include The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg (narrated by the author), American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee (narrated by the author and Mark Bramhall), and The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck (narrated by Suzanne Toren).
- Audiobook sources are constantly expanding and being refined. Subscription services such as Amazon’s Audible offer customers great selections from best sellers to those addressing specific interests.
- I live in audiobook nirvana because my library offers titles to check out that I can listen to on one of my devices. Be sure to check with your local library to see if this service is available!
Some additional titles that I have listened to and enjoyed include The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter, Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson, The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian, Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal, and The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe.