10 Reasons why Audiobooks are Amazing

Good Afternoon everyone,

It’s been a long time since I’ve published a post about Audiobooks and I think it is about time I re-introduce this topic in my blog. Why? Because not only Audiobooks are awesome, but also because I’ve been listening to a lot of them. It is because of Audiobooks I’m being able to keep my yearly reading challenges in Goodreads, and this means I’ve been reviewing quite a few audiobooks here at From Pemberley to Milton.

But every time I review a book I’ve listened to on Audible, I feel something is missing. I’m not happy with the structure I use to review them and I’ve been working on new strategies to review audiobooks in an organized and harmonized manner, so I’ve finally came up with a rating system that I believe will help me and my readers to clearly identify the quality of the narration.

Apart from the usual stars rating system that I will continue to use concerning the story itself, I will now use the Bennet Sisters rating system to appraise the narration.

The Bennet Sisters rating system will be as follows:

Elizabeth Bennet – Perfect! There is no way this narration could have been better, everyone wants to get to this level.

 

 

Jane Bennet – Pretty good! The narration is lovely and adorable but it isn’t the Elizabeth Bennet everyone wants to be.

 

 

Mary Bennet – Not bad, but not that good either. The narration is pretty much like Mary: simply plain.

 

 

Kitty Bennet – It is not very good, but there is still hope for improvement.

 

 

Lydia Bennet – It is hopeless case. It will never get better.

 

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What do you think? Does it make sense? I hope this makes sense to you and that you find this new format of reviewing audiobooks helpful 🙂

Additionally I will have to create a new page on my blog fully dedicated to audiobooks, but that will have to happen only when I have some free time to revamp the entire blog design (a project that has been in the pipeline for the last 2 years!).

I’ve recently done a survey on this blog to try to understand which type of reviews people enjoyed the most, and audiobooks had a very low percentage of replies, but still, since I am listening to them, I think it is only fair I also rate the narration.

It is also my impression that this is a market that is continually growing, so I’m hoping more and more people will join me in the love for audiobooks. If you’re not into them yet, here is why you should give it a try:

1 – Time saver 

With Audiobooks you can ‘read’ a book while walking/cleaning/driving etc, and this means not only that you can save time because you are multitasking, but it also means you will be entertained while doing boring tasks. My commutes to work are incredibly long, and without audiobooks I think I would get to work much more stressed. Audiobooks keep me company and distract me from the city stress while stuck in traffic. The same thing applies to my walks or even the chores I do at home. If I’m listening to an audiobook I don’t get the feeling I’m wasting my time doing something that doesn’t bring me much enjoyment.

2 – You can listen to audiobooks in the dark

No lights? No problem. If you want to stay up and your roommate wants to sleep, you can just grab a pair of headphones and listen to your book in the dark! Plus this experience of listening in the dark is very relaxing and really transports you into the book.

3 –  Audiobooks can be enjoyed by those with disabilities

If you have dyslexia, visual impairments, muscle degeneration in the hands or any other disability that makes it difficult to read a physical book , audiobooks may become your best friend! The accessibility to books that audiobooks provide is incredible. Everyone deserves to be able to delve into a story regardless of their eyesight or physical or ability and audiobooks are opening doors in that area by connecting everyone with the love for storytelling.

4 –  Audiobooks allow you to revisit the classics or re-read your favourite books

Sometimes I really feel the need to go back to a story I’ve loved, but with so many books coming out on a monthly basis, I feel I don’t have time for re-reads, and that is where audiobooks come in. I tend to buy more books on Audible that I’ve read before then new titles because for me audiobooks are complementary to e-books or paperbacks. They also allow me to try new authors that I wouldn’t try on ebook format, so they keep opening doors for me. Who knows if they won’t do it for you too.

5 –  Great narrators provide you incredible experiences

Great narrators will guide you through the story effortlessly and you will forget everything around you. You will feel transported into the book in a magical way.

Whatever your age or situation, the narrator can be there for you, always ready to read you a story.

6 –  You can listen to Colin Firth and Richard Armitage’s voices for hours!

Yup, these two gents have also narrated a few books and honestly all you can focus on in the beginning is their voice. But that just means you’ll have to listen to the audiobook twice and have more of Colin or Richard’s voice speaking to yourself alone. You can start with The End of the Affair narrated by Colin Firth, or Sylvester written by Georgette Heyer and narrated by Richard Armitage. If these two didn’t convince you, what about trying to listen to Richard narrating another one of Heyer’s novels such as Venetia, or Classic Love Poems? And yes, you got that right too, you can actually listen to Richard Armitage reading love poems to you 🙂

7 –  Book Binging

I absolutely love reading but I also receive more requests to review books then I can manage. Audiobooks are a great help in this area because they allow me to “read” more than one book at the same time. I can read an ebook and listen to an audiobook simultaneously, and that allows me to increase the number of books I can read in a month. It is also great if you want to read different genres and diversity your reading habits. you can read one specific genre and listen to another. I promise you won’t get the details mixed up 🙂

8 –  They help you improve your language skills

If you are learning a second or third language, hearing it spoken can be really important to cement your memory. You are able to acquire more vocabulary and improve your pronunciation too.

9 –  Audible’s database keeps growing

A couple of years ago there weren’t that many JAFF books to choose from on Audible and I listened to most that were available, but nowadays most authors are joining Audible and at this point it is already impossible for me to keep up, so you know you will have plenty to choose from.

10 –  Diversity

Some books are better to consume over audio than over text such as conceptual books and biographies. I would probably not buy biographies to read on my kindle, but I may grab an audio copy and discover more about a certain person because I find the narration more appealing. It feels like someone is telling me about someone else’s life, and that’s more appelaing then reading about it.

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Has any of these reasons convince you to try Audiobooks? If they have, I have good news for you. Amazon’s Audible program allows you to try Audiobooks for FREE during one month, so there is no risk in trying. The worst that can happen is for you to dislike the experience and give up after a while. If you do like it, their membership is $14.95/month and gives you 30 days of membership free, plus 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals to get you started.

The Audible membership may not be the best option though, and they have a new option now called Audible Escape which is a kind of Kindle Unlimited program and that allows you to listen to as many books as you’de like for  $12.95/month. The cool thing is that if you also have Kindle Unlimited then the value decreases to $6.95/month. This is the one I use because I do listen to more then one audiobook per month, so if you are like me, this may be the best option.

If you don’t think these programs are for you, then maybe you will like to know that if you already own an ebook copy of a book, you may get the audiobook for a reduced price, so that may be an option if you want to listen to just one title every two months or even less.

Now, if all this has not convinced you, there is nothing else I can say, I guess Audiobooks are just not your thing. They are mine, so I’ll be coming back soon with some audible reviews using my new Bennet sister scale 🙂

Until then, Happy Readings everyone!

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14 responses to “10 Reasons why Audiobooks are Amazing

  1. As a Mary Bennet fan I cannot agree with your rating system especially as Elizabeth is not anything like perfect. Is it really not illegal to listen to a book while driving, surely you cannot concentrate on driving while trying to listen to a story?

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    • I also like Mary Bennet Vesper, but I do prefer Elizabeth, and she is definitely my favourite. I think I ranked them by order of personal preference. I don’t think it is ilegal to drive while listening to audiobooks, I think it is similar to listening to music. Even if I do get more absorbed by audiobooks then music 🙂

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  2. I love your rating system! Thank you for extolling the virtues of audiobooks. Although I mostly read my books, I think audiobooks allow you to experience books in a way that you don’t when you’re reading. Also, as you point out they’re good for people with disabilities. My daughter has a learning disability which makes her a slow reader but she loves to read. Audiobooks are such a gift to her. If she had been born before audiobooks were a thing I can’t imagine that she would’ve grown up to be a passionate reader.

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  3. Glynis

    I followed this post even though I don’t have audiobooks! I couldn’t concentrate while driving as I only started driving again recently (before that was early seventies and I didn’t drive much then!)
    I also prefer to read at my own speed as I often go back and reread certain chapters.
    The only thing that could possibly tempt me would be listening to the gorgeous Richard Armitage reading Georgette Heyer as I love her books and I love his voice 🥰🥰 (I could also cope with Colin reading one of hers or either of them reading a Darcy and Elizabeth book 😉😉)
    So! Maybe one day!

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  4. Ginna

    I like listening to my JAFF, because it enables me to read more than I would without it. I listen in my car, and while I’m taking a walk. But I’m not that interested in audiobooks; I just want to ‘read’ the story, not have an ‘experience’.
    I remember one audiobook I listened to; the narrator was so breathless about events. I found it very annoying, and somewhat patronizing.

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  5. Sophia Rose

    Fun rating system! When I review audiobooks for three of the blogs I review for, I rate and review the narrator/s separate from the book itself, too.

    I took awhile to get into audiobooks, but now they make up about 25% of my annual books completed. I definitely wouldn’t get as many books in if I couldn’t listen while I did some chores and long distance travel.
    Great post, Rita!

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  6. Agnes

    Great post! I agree with so many of your ideas and enjoy audiobooks and Audible programs similarly. This Bennet sisters rating sounds fun, but I hope for some hints on the basis of it – what do you like or dislike about the narration. In a way, it’s highly subjective, but there are some qualities that can be objectively judged. Although if I really like the book, it can overlay the narration experience and I rate it higher, despite objective points.

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  7. I can’t wait to read your posts! I am not a huge audio fan, but I do like them occasionally. Especially for long drives, or when I want to get through a book but I have a lot of other things to do. In those cases, I generally go back and forth between the audio and the ebook, and that is a good mix for me. 🙂

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  8. Janet Taylor

    Great post, Rita. I loved how you broke it down and gave all the reasons for listening to audiobooks. I enjoy listening to them. When I draw, they are a good way for me to work and “read” a book at the same time. It also helps to put me in the mood or environment for my drawings. Sometimes I listen while working on a book cover too.

    I’ve heard lots of people say that they listen while commuting to work. I bet that does help with the tension or stress of commuting.

    Your rating system is a fun way to rate the narrator. Giving the ratings as a Bennet daughter as Jane Austen wrote them is clever.

    Thanks, Rita.

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  9. What a great post, Rita!
    Loved it! So many excellent reasons for giving audiobooks a try. You had me in stitches with your ‘Bennet Sisters’ rating system! Just perfect 😀
    Can’t wait for the Audible reviews section of your blog!

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  10. Great post, Rita! I love how many unique reasons you came up with – some were definitely ones I hadn’t thought of before or realized!

    I haven’t found myself gravitating towards audiobooks yet, I’m a pretty visual person so not focusing on words as I read makes my mind wonder and lose concentration. However, I have started listening to podcasts as I drive, so maybe it will be something I can try down the road, I’ll just need longer trips!

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  11. suzanlauder

    I have mixed feelings about audiobooks. I read in the evenings before bed and sometimes they put me to sleep where a paper or e-book would not. I find that the female narrators make the men sound like they need a throat lozenge at times. I also find that if a word is used too much by an author, nothing magnifies it more than a narrator saying it over and over–a reminder to authors to get a good editor to watch for these things!

    However, the narrators do make the story come alive a bit more than just reading would, enhancing the experience, so that’s a good reason to listen to them. I was told that my least favourite Austen novel, Sense and Sensibility, (which I like better in the Ang Lee version) shines in audiobook, and I intend to listen to it to give it a second chance.

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  12. I love audiobooks as I have been able to enjoy a book during long commute or travel in the car, while folding mountains of laundry, or doing tedious garden maintenance. The only time that I don’t enjoy a performance is when the narrator has no personality and all the voices seem the same. Or worse when there are mouth noises or echo in recording studio or production mechanical clicks—poor production quality will kill any audiobook regardless of the voice talent though. I like your rating system.

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  13. Definitely an audio fan and supporter of great audio performances 🎧

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