The Benefits of Audiobooks – Let’ be Practical

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  1. John says:

    I have used a form of Audiobooks for years. I cut grass part-time in the warmer months and like to hike also. Getting the best headphones to cancel out the noise while cutting grass and a lighter version while hiking is what I like.
    Having a way to fill your mind with words while you are doing mindless tasks is a great way to educate yourself without taking up valuable time from family.
    Do you think the listening device is the most important part of audiobooks?
    John

    • Kat says:

      Hi John, thanks for sharing your experience with audiobooks. I am impressed that you have been able to listen to audiobooks while mowing to help cut out the external noise! It sounds like you have been very productive with your time by doing two things at once. I hadn’t thought of that, thanks for sharing. I think if you have access to something that you can download the audiobooks then it’s more about being able to listen to them rather than having an expensive device. As long as it allows the listener to hear the audio. it would also depend on when you can listen to the device. Having noise-cancelling headphones would be a top priority when mowing, but not essential if you don’t have to contend with noise. As long as you can hear while listening. Thanks for sharing your ideas.
      ~kat

  2. Yama says:

    I, personally, have not used Audio Books yet. This is because I am still in love with the idea of holding an actual book. Even when I have to travel.. However, some time has passed and this technology has become the norm with some people. And, I am starting to see and as well as realize that after all it is a useful tool for some of the reasons you have mentioned in the post. Thanks for the rest of the details as well. I might now consider trying the method soon.

    • Kat says:

      Hi Yama, thanks for sharing your experiences and preferences with reading. I too still enjoy having the hard copy of books but there are definitely times when listening to books using audio devices can be the preferred method. I hope you can give audiobooks at least one try and find out what it will be like for you. All the best
      ~kat

  3. Laura says:

    As a freelance audiobook director and producer, I think this post is right on the money. Despite having been invented back in the 1930s for blind veterans, it feels as if audio books are a new thing for most people. This is a great introduction for those who might find them a bit daunting. I think we forget the pleasure of having a story read or told to us once our parents stop reading bedtime stories and the like.

  4. Ivan Brozincevic says:

    Great article, Kat. I tried listening to audiobooks but somehow disliked it. However, I agree with you. There are so many benefits to this form of ‘reading.’ Call me old fashioned, but I like to read the letters and hear my own voice. That way, it’s easier for me to meditate on what I’ve read 😀

    • Kat says:

      Hi Ivan, you make a fair comment. I too enjoy seeing and feeling the actual books. I also love giving books as gifts instead of a download. It’s easier to find when you want to read it. I can’t give them up either lol!
      All the best,
      ~kat

  5. Strahinja says:

    Audio books helped me a lot. I was not the biggest fan of the concept, but after realizing you could read a book, while beeing completely relaxed, I completely changed my mind. It actually goes well with any activity, including blogging. Listening to my favorite books while being productive is a great way to go.

    Also, spending time in traffic is like made for audio books. A great way to spend your time.

    Have a nice day.

  6. Karen says:

    Thanks for sharing! I’m glad to see I’m not the only late bloomer when it comes to audiobooks. I just downloaded my first one last week for a solo trip out of town. While I have to say that it did make the time seem to pass faster, I am a reader at heart. I’m very visual, so when reading for pleasure I like to go slow and picture everything. I will even read a paragraph or section again just to get it right in my head. I even catch slight contradictions this way. I also found my mind drifting away. I’m sure I’ll get used to listening and will continue to incorporate audiobooks into other activities.

    • Kat says:

      Haha, it’s great to see I’m not alone in getting into audiobooks later than others lol! I too enjoy reading books, but audiobooks are so convenient it’s hard to not go there. They’re such a great way to travel for sure. Thanks for sharing your first experience with audiobooks Karen, I hope you can get more and find they work well for you :).

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