Bookish Talk: Why I Like Audiobooks

Bookish Talk

I recently started listening to audiobooks on my daily commute to and from work (which roughly equals an hour and twenty minutes in the car every day). I used to be really iffy on audiobooks. Why would I want someone to read to me? That didn’t sound like something I would like. At all. But my new to me car doesn’t have an auxiliary port in it, I absolutely hate the radio, and I was starting to outplay all of my physical CDs. I work in a library and a bunch of my patrons told me how much they love audiobooks, so I thought I might as well try. What could go wrong?

Well, I started with The Dead Fathers Club, which was absolutely amazing. I had a couple of crappy ones in between, which I DNF’ed (see Eat, Pray, Love), but then I listened to The Help (INCREDIBLE), The Labrador Pact, Wonder (enjoyable save for the end), and Shiver, and I realized I actually like other people to read to me. If they have a good voice, of course.

The reason I’m telling you all this is because I had a really awesome/crazy moment while listening to my current audiobook – Doll Bones – yesterday morning on my commute. I got in my car, turned on the radio, and didn’t resurface from under the spell Nick Podehl put on me until I was almost all the way to work. Do any of you listen to audiobooks? It’s such a weird feeling. I didn’t even realize I was driving (I mean, obviously I knew I was driving) or how long my commute was or anything. I was focused on the story.

The part that really tripped me up though was when I realized what was happening. There was a general scene in the book in which a person’s room is being described. I realized as I was driving down the road that a picture was being painted in front of me. I could both see the road and the character’s room.

It’s a completely different feeling compared to reading a book, in which you picture everything in your mind along with the words. You’re stationary. You have something concrete in front of you that you’re holding and reading, but with an audiobook, it’s different. I don’t know if I’m doing it justice, but it is such a cool thing that I would’ve missed out on had I not tried audiobooks.

Basically, the point of this post is to say that you should try audiobooks if you’ve ever been curious about them. 🙂

Do you read audiobooks? Do you get the same feeling as me? Recommend some good ones to me in the comments!