Hi dear friends,
Today I wanted to have a little discussion with you about something that’s been nagging my mind.
Are audiobooks real books? And do you love them?
I will give you my two cents and hope you’ll return the courtesy and we will have a nice chat below. 😀
I have several problems with audiobooks that don’t make me really enjoy them…
1) I can’t listen to audiobooks and do something else.
I thought it was because English is not my mother language but I have the same difficulty with French! I learned to focus on the task at hand and forget the rest. If I am working and the radio is on I will miss some part of the podcast and conversations.
I know some listen to audiobooks while driving but when you drive in a small country filled with crazy drivers you have to stay focused or risk an accident! This is not the endless drives with no cars and no houses in sight that we had while visiting the West Coast!
I have to do a manual chore, repetitive BUT
Vaccuming? I won’t hear.
Cooking? I only cook on the weekends.
So it does not leave me with much listening time.
Conclusion: I have to just listen and look into the empty air. Do nothing else like I do while reading. But looking at nothing makes me look weird and ready for the loony bin! And I said nothing about my attention span worthy of a gnat when I just have to listen! Ooooh a fly! Oooh a beautiful butterfly. Ooohhhh …wait what did he just said?????
No problem to stay focused when my eyes are busy but only listening ….nope!
2) Many audiobooks are weird!
When I read a story, I imagine the voice, the faces of the characters.
Here it is forced upon me (I don’t have a choice in the voice) and it feels wrong. I even listened to an audiobook with the narrator imitating the noise of the rain with “SHHHHHHHH” and thunder with “Crack! Crack! Crack” or “Boom”! I was all “WTH is he doing?????”
The choice of the voice is made even worse when you have multiple POV and either only one voice to tell them all, either several voices that don’t match what I had in mind!
I am also wondering: what happens with sex scenes??? Do they make the noises and the moans? Doesn’t it feel embarrassing for the narrator while narrating all that? Does he or she feel hot and bothered????
The only audiobook that felt right was Becoming by Michelle Obama because SHE was telling me HER story! It was a fantastic book and for once I would recommend the audiobook vs the ebook of PB!
Another series of audiobooks that seem great and that my friend Angy made me discover are the “X Files” because we have multiple voices, the dialogs are quick and feel “natural” like watching one of these episods.
Just listen to this sample:
An audiobook is not something “physical” and they usually cost around 14 USD, more than many Paperbacks! I used to think they were overpriced and I still think it’s a big amount of money but after listening to “Becoming” while Michelle Obama talked for 18 hours I realized the narrators have to get paid!
That’s different from ebooks! So I accept the logic behind the price but it does not mean that they aren’t expensive.
I found a solution! You can find podcasts posting legally free audiobooks!
One of them is Read Me Romance and you can subscribe here: www.readmeromance.com
I will still listen to audiobooks and hope to find some good ones as I want to train my ears! I used to watch Sir David Attenborough’s documentaries or watch The Great British Bakeoff or The Voice UK but the kids have hijacked the television for one year now and my only hope to listen to English is though audiobooks or TV Shows (that I look at on my computer) like the De Generes show (I love that show!).
Now it’s your turn! Give me your thoughs.
Thanks for reading!