Hi Virtual Readers! We’re back and you’re lives just got better! (just kidding). Because we were kind enough to schedule posts, you might not have noticed that Shanti and I were away for two whole weeks. We were gallivanting around the Himalayas, if you were wondering. I might attach a few photos at the end of the post. Anyway, while we were gone I read 14 books (thank goodness for e-readers, honestly) and did little else. And as you might guess from the title of this post, some of these were audiobooks. I just got a new iPod (my old one died a few years ago) which means aaallll the audiobooks and so now I will give you some audio book listening advice.
DO get audiobooks you’re actually interested in. Otherwise it’s like being told a stupid story. Go for books that wise people have recommended to you or ones from an author you already like. I went for The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves, flailed about by Cait, and The Memory of Light, which Shanti basically ordered me to listen to.
DON’T listen to your amazing audiobook super-loud shortly before a meal. You may be called to eat food then miss out. We don’t want that. Starvation is bad.
DO listen to your audiobook and hide if being forced to do the dishes/sweep the floor/tidy your room is a possibility. That way, you have an excuse when questioned about your chore-dodging.
DON’T expect to ‘read’ your audiobook as fast as other books. Reading things aloud takes longer than reading things silently. This is a fact. (Most audiobooks are about 10 hours, if you’re wondering.)
DO appreciate the fact that the audio book reader does different voices differently and does accents and sounds amazing, even though they have to read a lot of words and pronounce them all correctly and be intelligible.
DON’T turn the volume up too high. Do you want to become deaf and damage your eardrums forever? I think not. And do you want to get a story shouted at you? No.
DO listen to your book while doing something with your hands. Driving (I can’t drive but whatever)? Knitting (Shanti does this.)? Colouring (that book won’t colour itself, you know.)? Sitting in a bus? Doodling? Runnning (You can read while walking, but try running and reading— it won’t work.)?
DON’T forget to charge your iPod/mp3 player. You may deprive yourself when you really want to read your book, or even (oh the horror) lose your place.
DO get audiobooks from the library. Libraries are the actual best.
DON’T listen to the entire audiobook at once (unless you’re really, really keen). You will get tired, I promise.
And here are a few photos from our trip (yes, just move here)
Do you listen to audiobooks? What advice would you give the newbie listener? Is your library amazing?