ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Books, Literature, and Writing

Why I'd Recommend Audiobooks

Updated on January 6, 2012
Source

The Wonders of Technology

As a visually impaired person who can't yet read brail, audiobooks are really the only means by which I can continue reading. I've always loved the magic of a good book, and when my sight became too poor to see printed letters on a page, I decided that there was no way I was giving up one of my favourite passtimes.

I still live with my parents, and most evenings my father will read to me after dinner. I'm greatful beyond words to him for doing this for me, especially as we don't always enjoy the same stories, but it isn't always convenient. With audiobooks, I can decide when, where and for how long I want to listen to a book.

I know - this is all well and good for a person with low vision, but what exactly do you - an individual with more-or-less average eyesight - get out of this? Well, read on and you'll find a list of some of the advantages to choosing audiobooks.

Read as You Work

Audiobooks are great if you're really in the mood to do some reading (or listening, I suppose,) but you've got all that darn housework to finish. What should you do?

Worry no more! With audiobooks, you can either listen to them on a stereo system or on your ipod/iphone/ithings as you wash the dishes, sweep the floors, or clean the windows. If I were to get my eyesight back all of a sudden, I'd of course go back to reading regular paperback books, but I'd still buy an audiobook every now and then for precisely this reason.

Source

Portability

Let's face it - we all over-pack when going on holidays, especially my fellow females. Usually, there isn't an inch of space left in a suitcase. You couldn't fit a sheet of paper into those things, never mind a three or four hundred page book. And you can forget about squishing a novel into your carry-on luggage too, if you're a parent. Your bag is going to be chocked full of cameras, phones, toys, sweets, drinks, hand-held consoles, etc.

It's far easier to download an audiobook or two onto your ipod a day or two before setting off on your journey, and carry the little thing around the airport/train station/port in the pocket of your jeans.

Source

Passing Time During the Daily Commute

If you live in or on the outskirts of a city, or in an area rife with busy roads and towns, you're no doubt familiar with mile-long traffic jams, traffic accidents, and the general road-rage of other drivers in a rush to get to work. And of course, with the economy the way it is today, people are making longer and longer commutes each day, perhaps as they couldn't get work any closer to home.

An audiobook is a wonderful way to pass the time as you sit in your car, crawling forward, inch by excruciating inch. If you find yourself a story you can really get involved in, you won't find the time passing by. You'll also be able to remain calmer and be less stressed by other road users. Arriving to work in a more serine state of mind can only be a good thing.

Storage Space


Again because of the state of the economy, many families are moving to smaller, less expensive homes. They'll very likely find themselves having to keep their collection of books in the attic, or in a storage room. Audiobooks take up no space if downloaded onto an iPod/iPhone, and very little if bought in CD form. Plus, if you choose the latter, they can be stored in tidy, compact CD holders.

Relaxing

I've gotten to a point where I can't fall asleep without having a favourite audiobook quietly playing on my iPod. Many of them are read by people with soothing voices, and are great for lulling the listener off to sleep.

I'd recommend them to anyone who loves reading, but is too tired to read before bed, and who often finds themselves drifting off as soon as they try.

Narrators & Dramatisation

The people who read out the books are usually excellent at what they do. Fair enough - every so often you'll come across a reader who has a voice that grates on your nerves, or who just doesn't suit the story or the characters, but these are few and far between.

There are also a number of dramatised audiobooks available, which means it includes top-notch sound effects. For example, the first dramatised audiobook I listened to was Stephen King's Pet Sematary. It featured the noises of a busy highway, in the scenes that required it, and the sound of clattering bones when a pet was raised from the dead, etc. They really help you to immerse yourself in the tales.

Source

I'm not saying that audiobooks are always better than paperback or hardcover books, because they're not. They're just useful in certain situations. I miss being able to actually hold a book, and to turn its pages. Nothing compares to the feel of a worn, well-read novel.

Another downside of audiobooks is that not every book is available in this format. You're restricted in your choice somewhat, but in saying that, the selection is still incredibly extensive.

I hope this has got you thinking about trying out an audiobook or two - they're not just for blind people, not at all. If you're interested,

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)