The other day I was scrolling through my feed and I saw Michelle, from Book Adventures, post Ramblings – Are Audio Books Considered “Real” Books? and it inspired me to write about what I thought about audio books.
In January I started reading the Iron Trials by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare and I just couldn’t get into it, I then decided to get it out as an audio book from my local library to see if that would help me get into the book better. I definitely enjoyed the book a lot more than when I was actually ‘reading’ the book.
Michelle talked about the fact that when you are listening to an audio book you still have to visualise the setting and the characters and think about the plot. These two things, I think, are so important when it comes to reading, these two features make the book feel real and overall a lot more enjoyable.
Michelle also talked about the amount of concentration you have to put in when listening to an audio book as you aren’t actually looking at the words and you could be distracted by things going on in your surroundings a lot easier. I one hundred percent agree with that, I found it quite easy to get distracted while listening to an audio book. For me this was quite disappointing as I was kind of hoping to be able to do multiple things, such as cleaning my room or doing the dishes.
One of the things that I really enjoyed about listening to an audio book was that it was easier for me to notice small details, such as cute quotes or nice details the author/s have put in. I am quite a fast reader and quite often I miss small details such as a funny line or a beautifully written sentence. I think it really made me appreciate the amount of effort that an author/s put into a novel and how they add little things that make the book that much more enjoyable.
Another thing that I loved about listening to an audio book was the feeling of nostalgia that came with it. I usually listened to the audio book before I went to be each night which reminded me of when my mum used to read to me each night when I was little. This made the experience a lot more enjoyable.
So that was all my thoughts and feelings/my response to Michelle’s blog post of audio books.
Leave a comment if you’ve listened to an audio book before and how you felt about it.
Thank you so much for reading.