Audiobooks VS. Reading
While perusing my favorite bloggers websites, I've steadily noticed an increase of audiobook reviews and challenges and an overall almost preference to audiobooks over reading. Now I've listened to 1 audiobook that I really enjoyed and about 20 minutes of another that I could just not get into.
Now I don't think that reading is better than audiobooks or that if you listen to audiobooks it doesn't really count as reading. Is that really what some people think, by the way? Because when I was looking up stuff about audiobooks, a lot of people seem to think that it doesn't count?? Which I don't understand because you're taking in the content and you know what's happening in the book, you're just listening to it rather than reading it.
Either way what I do think is that it seems like way more work to listen to an audiobook. Not only do you have to actually be into the story, you also have to be able to actually listen to the narrator. As I stated earlier, that's a real issue with me. Because if I can't handle the "voices" or accents that the narrator is doing, I will completely give up on the audiobook. Also, I can't really figure out when I would listen to an audiobook. It takes way longer to listen to a book than for me to read it. I work full time and have other life things that I have to do, I just can't imagine where I'm going to find the time to listen to an 8 hour book. Especially when I can read it in a fraction of that time.
So if I had a long commute, I can see listening to an audiobook then. Or if I was on a plane, or taking a road-trip then okay, I get it. But when people are mostly listening to audiobooks and still reviewing them or just even for pleasure, I don't know how you're doing it. Truly. You're a marvel to me at this point.
When do you guys stand on this? Do you prefer reading or audiobooks? And if you listen to audiobooks often, how do you do it? Because I'm just one reader who doesn't understand.