Audiobooks are currently a huge trend in books industry and are quite popular among the readers. Many people argue that it is quite good for multitasking. You can still do many chores while listening to an audiobook. Most of the people utilize it while driving. Though all these scenarios look perfectly fine, I personally find it quite hard to listen to them.
I have listened to just one audiobook to date. Though I enjoyed it quite much, I had a few issues with that form of reading and thus never listened to any another. Today, I’m am compiling 5 such reasons as to why I struggle with audiobooks.
5 reasons I struggle to listen to audiobooks
#1. I can’t concentrate
This is the main reason that I particularly don’t like audiobooks. They require a great amount of concentration and sometimes it is quite difficult to concentrate. Some people try to listen to them while driving, cooking or exercising. I think this is a great way to utilize your time. But I can’t do that. If I am cooking, then half of my mind is on the food and certain noises will definitely break the flow for me. Simply put, I can’t multitask while reading. I need perfect silence to concentrate on my reading and this is something that I am not going to get every time.
#2. I fall asleep
Okay, so this can be weird but it totally happened to me earlier. Thi is connected to point #1. As I can’t concentrate on audiobook if there is some noise outside, I need a quiet place to sit and listen. And most of the time I just fall asleep because I have nothing else to do except listen. And often the audiobook goes on for itself and when I wake up, I forgot that where I was originally or till which location I listened.
#3. I struggle with the narrator
The narrator of an audiobook is like a star in a movie. The whole thing depends upon his/her performance. I was once listening to an audiobook and the narrator was too fast. I missed half of his sentences and also his accent was weird. The narrator for an audiobook is similar to the cover of a physical book. We have to totally rely on the narrator for understanding the whole story and to decide whether it was good or not. I guess a narrator can make a good story seem bad and vice-versa.
My mother tongue is not English. I have learned it throughout my journey (still learning). Though I am comfortable with most of the accents, there are a few which give me hard time if they are talking too fast. Generally, I like the narrator to be slow but steady.
#4. It takes too long to finish
I hate big books in general. And when it comes to audiobooks, it seems like every book is long? The playtime for an audiobook is generally more than 8 hours and it feels like moving slow? I have noticed that I can finish some scenes quickly than the time it takes in an audiobook. If an audiobook is more than 20 hours long then I am certainly going to ditch it. It does want an enormous time commitment which I am not ready to give most of the time.
#5. It’s too expensive
This is real for sure. I can’t afford any audiobook. I can easily buy two hardcover books in the amount of one audiobook. The only audiobooks I have are the ones I got for free on Audible subscription. After the free subscription is finished, the rate is just too high in my country. And for most of the books, it is not even available.
I know you will say that there are many free resources for audiobook available, but I have noticed that most of the time those free resources just include classic books and I certainly prefer classics to read rather than listen
Audiobooks are a great format for the people who can afford them and can multitask. But for me, it is something that doesn’t seem to work out.
What do you think of audiobooks? Do you listen and enjoy them?
If not, then any other reason you can add to this list?
Are they easily available in your country?
Are you a multitasker?