Audiobooks not only make long drives fly by for commuters, but they are a multitasker's dream. You can enjoy books while cleaning the house, cooking dinner, or working out at the gym. And, with a format that's proven to help students become better readers and listeners, audiobooks are also a favorite among parents and teachers. But even beyond that, audiobooks are simply fun. They bring print books to life with music, sound effects, and character voices. And sometimes you just want to close your eyes and let someone do the reading for you! With benefits as diverse as the listeners who enjoy them, audiobooks truly offer something for everyone ...
Here are ten reasons why we love audiobooks:
As much as we wish we did, who has time to sit down and read a book anymore? Audiobooks let me read while I "make the fire, fix-a breakfast, wash the dishes, do the mopping..." I'm starting to sound like Cinderelly over here.
2. Motion Sickness
I have severe motion sickness. Like, I can't read a long road sign without feeling queasy. So, if I'm a passenger in a car often times I will just stare out the window, which makes long car rides feel like an eternity. Audiobooks let me read in the car without making me sick!
3. Better Than the Radio
Between the commercials, annoying djs, and hearing the same song over and over again, I can only tolerate the radio for so long. Audiobooks are a nice change of pace to pass the time in the car.
4. Give Parents a Break
As much as I love reading books with my kids before bed, sometimes mommy and daddy need a break. And let's be honest, your animal voices all sound the same. Some nights it's best to leave storytime to the professionals.
5. Family Road Trips
I can only listen to "The Wheels on the Bus" so many times before I start to lose my sanity. When you're trapped in the car for hours with your kids, pop in an audiobook to keep them (and you) entertained. It's something fun the family can do together. Tip: Check out the print book too so your kids can follow along with the audiobook (unless your kids have motion sickness like me; then, steer clear!)
6. Sexy Accents
I will check out a book on audio that I know nothing about solely because it's narrated with a Scottish or English accent. Being a die-hard Outlander fan, my favorite is a Scottish accent of course, and do you blame me? (If you don't know what Outlander is, check it out immediately!)
7. Perfect for the Beach
Audiobooks are my favorite way to read at the beach. I don't have the glare on my tablet. My hands don't cramp from holding a book open. I don't have the awful tan lines from propping a book on my legs (yes, that's a thing). I can just lay back, close my eyes, relax and listen to the story.
8. Judgment-Free Reading
No more trying to read a book while you hide the cover in your purse. Audiobooks let you read whatever you want and the people around you are none the wiser. Listen to Fifty Shades of Grey without judgment. Just make sure you have your headphones plugged in!
Narrators pour over research before recording a book, one of the main reasons being to make sure they are pronouncing names and places correctly. Often times when I read a book with a foreign name or place I'll pass over it with a sort of jumbled mispronunciation. When you listen to an audiobook, you'll find yourself saying, "Oh, so THAT'S how you say that character's name."
10. Mentally Transport You
The sound effects, music, accents, inflection in the voice ... audiobooks have the power to mentally transport you. One minute you’re dropping f-bombs at the gridlock, the next you’re locking eyes with Jamie Fraser. (Did I mention I'm obsessed with Outlander?)