June is Audiobook Month so I’m taking this opportunity to convince as many readers to try audiobooks. I started listening to audiobooks last year and it has been a huge help in tackling my TBR and reaching my reading goals. I work full-time so I was struggling with making time for reading. I primarily listen to audiobooks during my commute, which depending on traffic can be an hour and 30 minutes a day, but I also listen while I exercise or do housework. Now I’m tackling my TBR list with an audiobook during the day and an ebook or paperback at night. I never thought I would read more than one book at a time but by selecting a different genre for each format I’m keeping the stories straight (because reading and listening to a paranormal book can make me mix up the story and characters lol) and finally getting to the books on my TBR that I’ve been dying to read.
For years I avoided audiobooks for 2 main reasons:
Audiobooks are too expensive!
This is true but there are ways to save money:
- The Overdrive app links to your local library so you can borrow ebooks and audiobooks without leaving home. You can borrow an item up to 21 days, which usually is enough time for me. The only drawback is your library might not have the book you want. But you can recommend the book, which I have done, although it might take some time for the library to acquire it. I don’t mind the wait since there is always other books I’ll find to borrow. Thanks to Grace @ My Book Snack for introducing me to this app and saving me a ton of money.
- If you want to purchase audiobooks I suggest you use Audible.com and they offer a free trial. I have the lowest plan which I receive one credit a month to use to purchase any audiobook. One credit a month is enough for me since I use Overdrive for new authors I’m worried to use a credit on lol. If I do use a credit it is always for an audiobook that costs more than my monthly subscription, that way I get more for my buck. I also love Audible because it is an Amazon company, which means if you already have the Kindle version the audiobook version is at a discounted price. I often use this deal since the discounted price is a steal.
- Some publishers offer audiobooks to reviewers. The trick is finding which ones do. I currently get audiobooks from Tantor Audio, thanks to the tip from Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! Every month they send out a list of upcoming releases and you can decide which ones you want. They send you either the CD by mail or a digital file by email. I then upload the file to iTunes and Jennifer @ The Book Nympho has these easy to follow instructions.
I can’t concentrate on an audiobook and might miss something important!
This is true but this can happen when you read any book. I’ve had audiobooks that I stopped listening to because I couldn’t concentrate on the story because it was boring and it had nothing to do with the narrator. If you are really worried about this here are some suggestions:
- Listen to an audiobook of a book you loved. My first audiobook was The Vixen and the Vet by Katy Regnery. I had won the audiobook and loved how the narrator brought my favorite characters to life. I fell more in love with this book after listening to it. And I became hooked on audiobooks!
- Listen to the next book in a series. I did this with Cress by Marissa Meyer and was amazed with narrator Rebecca Soler’s performance. Rebecca has narrated all of Marissa Meyer’s books (so far) and now I automatically purchase the audiobooks.
I hope my suggestions help to change your mind about audiobooks. Later this month I’ll share a list of my favorite narrators and series for audiobooks.
Have you tried audiobooks? Do you love them or hate them?