Courtney Reads A Lot Bought An AudioBook

Friday, February 1, 2013 9:00 AM
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At last. I have finally bought an audiobook.  I kept putting it off, thinking that nothing could compare to an actual book. There's just something about being able to hold a book in your hands as you're reading it, feeling the pages and smelling them (yes, you will see me regularly sniffing books). But, with an audiobook, I can actually "read" at work. Well, listen at work.

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. 


9 comments:

  1. WahooO! What an awesome day!

    You can always get them from the library. Some libraries also have an online selection you can download to your device.

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    1. Thanks so much! That will definitely save me money because they're ridiculously expensive.

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  2. Awesome! I'm going to hopefully dip my toes into audiobooks soon so it was interesting to read your experience with it. I'll have to see how it works out for me, but I'm excited (also nervous!) to give it a go.

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    1. It is a whole different experience but it definitely has its advantages. But actually reading the book is still preferable for me.

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  3. Hi Courtney! First off amazing blog! I totally like the heading. Secondly, I nominated yu for the Liebster Blog Award! : http://keepitrealwithlucy.blogspot.com/2013/02/liebster-blog-award.html

    Again graet blog!!

    L

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    1. Thanks so much Lucy! I don't do awards actually. I'm sorry :( But that still means a lot!

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  4. I usually get audiobooks when I find the book hard to read like if the book was released say pre 1900s and the awesome thing is you can get them free as well cause they are in the public domain.

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    1. yeah classics are great to listen to, especially if you've read them already. Then you don't even need to focus as much.

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  5. I just listened to this one, as well! A reread to prepare for the movie because it's been so long since I had read the book, but I didn't have time to actually read a physical copy. That is my main use of audiobooks because I find I get distracted easily so I use them mainly if I want to reread a book for it to be fresh before the sequel comes out or if the movie is coming out (I'm listening to The Host right now! An absolute beast of a book, but I'm getting through it quickly on audiobook). I have to say, I didn't really like the sound effects in the Beautiful Creatures audiobook, personally. I found it a bit too jarring. It was cool to be able to listen to Sixteen Moons though! Libraries are a great way to borrow free audiobooks to keep the price down!

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