June is Audiobook Month! Join me for the entire month of June while I share audiobook reviews, thoughts, my favourite narrators, audiobooks, and so much more!
my audiobook story
Even though it’s been 6 years since I started listening to audiobooks, I still feel so new to them! If you asked me who my favourite narrator’s were, I couldn’t rattle them off like I could my favourite authors, and I’m sure I haven’t discovered some of the best out there. I still rely on recommendations to find good books to listen to, and I am still working on finding the perfect times to listen to audiobooks. I’ve listened to some where I ended up not liking the book, then later realizing that I could probably do with actually rereading the book in physical format. I’m still finding my way, it seems!
My very first audiobook was not an audiobook in the way we know them now, but it was back when I was little and my brother would record my Little Golden Books onto tape and I would follow along in my books and turn the page when he prompted me to. After that, I wasn’t the biggest reader, so I obviously wasn’t the biggest audiobook listener. I listened to my first audiobook when I first participated in Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon back in 2011 and it was on CD and that of a comedian that I didn’t even really watch at all, but I was just getting into audiobooks and really didn’t know what resources, besides the CDs at the library, were available.
Now, 6 years later, I’ve listened to over 200 audiobooks, which is amazing to me! I’ve found where to get them, realized how I prefer to listen to them, and even though I’m still working out what kinds of books I prefer to listen to vs. which ones I prefer to read in physical format, I’m definitely enjoying the ride!
where do i get my audiobooks from?
I used to be an Audible subscriber, but it started to get a bit too costly for me to be a member, so now I solely use my library, which has a great selection of books. Currently, I’m with three different libraries, so I get books through three different Overdrive accounts and they are all getting new books every week! Through another library, I can request they buy a certain amount of books every month and usually one of my requests is an audiobook. My library also has Hoopla, and I like listening to books through Hoopla, though it’s not the best quality, especially since I like to speed up my books. BUT anything I can get online beats listening on CD where I can’t speed up the narration.
what kind of audiobooks do i listen to & when do i listen to them?
I have to be in the certain mood for certain audiobooks. There are some, like YA contemporaries, that I can usually listen to at any time, but others, like horror or sci fi or historicals, I have to be in the certain mood for. I also have to take into account when I can actually listen to a book – if I’m doing a lot of driving, or have big housecleaning or yardwork plans, then I’ll put on something that I can pay more attention to; whereas if I’m only able to listen while making dinner or while the kids are going to need me, I’ll put on something light. I like to listen while I get breakfast ready, while I do household chores, while I drive, while I’m cleaning up after the day’s end, while I do yardwork, etc. I also usually only try to listen to books that are under 9 hours – sometimes I can go for something over 10 if I can comfortably listen at 2x the speed, but I like audiobooks I can listen to within two days.
What’s your story with audiobooks? What kinds do you listen to and when do you listen to them? What’s your favourite audiobook?