I Heart Audiobooks

I am very tired after my nonstop weekend so here’s a pretty quick post about why I love audiobooks (because I WILL win one of Jen’s prizes :P).

I discovered audiobooks late. It really wasn’t until this year that I really got into them. Prior to this year, I had an internal debate about whether audiobooks “count” and whether I get the same thing out of them. I definitely think they count now, but I don’t think you get the exact same thing out of print and audio. And that’s not a bad thing – it’s just a different type of reading experience.

But the thing that sold me on audio? I can read SO MANY more books!

I can read when I am

  • driving;
  • cleaning;
  • getting ready in the morning;
  • working out;
  • shopping;
  • not feeling well;
  • and so many more places I’m sure.

There are millions of books in the world and I want to read as many of them as I can. Audiobooks allow me to maximize my reading time. There are other things I love about audio, but this is THE reason I read them. And yes, it counts as reading.

If you heart audiobooks as much as I do, you should definitely head over to Jen of Devourer of Books’ blog for Audiobook Week.

And now I am off to bed. And yes it is 8:30.

12 thoughts on “I Heart Audiobooks

  1. Jen - Devourer of Books June 21, 2010 / 8:58 pm

    Hooray audiobooks! I love that you’re so motivated by the prizes that you’ll pull yourself to the computer and make yourself write something even when you’re bone-tired.


    • Michelle June 21, 2010 / 9:07 pm

      It’s actually that I’m just that dedicated to you, Jen. 😉

      It is going to be really funny though when I don’t win anything. Lol.


  2. diane June 21, 2010 / 9:20 pm

    I Heart Audio Books as well. I love audio books as well and have been listening to them for about (10) years. I think my first audio books were ones by Anne Tyler or Barbara Kingsolver, and James Patterson. It’s easy to multi-task and enjoy a book, so what a reader’s dream 🙂


  3. Jenny June 21, 2010 / 10:30 pm

    That’s a really good idea to read during all those things. In fact, knowing I had something like that to listen to might make me actually want to do some of those things, like cleaning, haha. We’ll see… but I do think I should try another audio book. I’ve only listened to one ever.


    • Michelle June 22, 2010 / 7:03 am

      I think it may take a couple tries to get used to it. I hope you enjoy your next audiobook. 🙂


  4. Sheila (Bookjourney) June 22, 2010 / 12:21 am

    This contributes to how I can read so many as well. My life is pretty active and I have to fit it in when I can.


  5. Vishy June 22, 2010 / 1:47 am

    Audio Book Week is a wonderful concept! Audio books are definitely a way of getting more reading done, while working. I have a few audio books, but have never got around to listening to them – I read the actual books instead 🙂 I will have to give a try to audiobooks sometime.

    I loved your line ‘If you heart audiobooks…’. It was interesting use of the noun ‘heart’ as a verb and sounds so lovely 🙂 I will make a mental note of it and make use of it 🙂


    • Michelle June 22, 2010 / 7:04 am

      The phrase “I heart X” has become common usage here recently. 🙂


      • Vishy June 22, 2010 / 3:24 pm

        I love that phrase 🙂 Thanks for making it popular! ‘Heart’ sounds like a combination of ‘love’ and ‘covet’. Now I know what to say, when I want a book so much 🙂


  6. Sam June 22, 2010 / 6:55 am

    I’ve never audiobooked. *blush* Not unless you count picture books with tapes as a child. Do you ever find yourself getting distracted and have to backtrack? That’s what I’m concerned about- that I’d start daydreaming and miss a crucial point!


    • Michelle June 22, 2010 / 11:01 am

      It does take a little getting used to but I also find myself getting distracted when I read print and needing to go back a few pages. You can always hit rewind. 🙂


  7. BookishlyFab June 22, 2010 / 7:40 pm

    I love audiobooks for the same reasons you mention. They, along with NPR podcasts, kept me sane when I was training for the half marathon. All those long runs were made much more bearable, and I got a bunch of “reading” done!


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