My first audiobook is Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. I actually have the physical copy of this book, and have read it before, but I don't have time to reread it at the moment. I wanted to reread it before the movie so I found the audiobook for my Iphone. What I love about audiobooks is that I save space. I'm no longer cramming books onto my shelves, or piling them by my bed or finding random places to store them.
In one work day, I was able to listen to 22 chapters of Beautiful Creatures which was nice. If I have errands to run, I can just hook up my Iphone to my radio and listen to a book. While my hands are busy doing work, I can finish a chapter. It's definitely convenient. Plus, I used the Audible app on my Iphone for several hours and my battery wasn't hurting terribly. In fact, I still had more than half my battery.
So what are the drawbacks of listening to audiobooks?
- 1. The pace - I love reading at a leisurely pace. Now, I have to listen at the narrator's pace.
- 2. Can be pricey - The audiobooks can be on the expensive side. But I bought this one on sale. Also, I could find some audiobooks from the library.
- 3. Easily distracted - Sometimes, I focus on something else, only to realize I've missed an entire part of the audio. Then, I have to keep rewinding to the parts I missed.
- 4. The narration - The narrator's different voices can be a bit overkill, especially with the Southern accent. Also, it kind of ruins it for me when I hear a guy reading a girl's part or vice versa. It becomes less believable. But I'm definitely loving the sound effects and occasional music. The song Sixteen Moons that's featured in this book is just as I would've imagined: haunting and beautiful.
We'll see how my audiobook venture pans out. I can only hope this works out for me.