The Joy of Audio Books

We in the reading community love to talk about audio books and whether they count as “real” reading. Personally, I’ve always been a fan of them, perhaps because my dad used to like to listen to them on road trips and because my grandparents used to record themselves reading children’s books from the library on to cassette tapes.

Audio books are great because they help you to squeeze in a little extra reading when you wouldn’t normally be able to. For example, I’ve been reading them on my daily walks while I play on my phone. It might not quite be as motivating as listening to music, but I don’t need the motivation. I need the books.

I’m a little different to most people when it comes to audio books because I only ever listen to them as re-reads. That said, I very rarely re-read these days, which means that audio books have effectively been my main way of revisiting books that I’ve enjoyed in the past. It helps that I’ve been taking part in Catalyst Reads’ rereadathon which involves re-reading a different book every month throughout the year.

The rereadathon basically opened up the floodgates and made me determined to listen to more audio books, and so that’s what I’m going to do. In fact, after finishing I, Robot by Isaac Asimov, I immediately downloaded 11/22/63 by Stephen King so that I can listen to that. I figure it’s long enough to keep me going for a little while.

I crunched the numbers to figure it out and I’m pretty sure that by listening to audio books, I’ll be able to increase the number of books that I read by 2-3 per month depending upon their length. Of course, they’re only re-reads, but then I read 20+ books for the first time each month anyway and so I’m not complaining. And who knows? Perhaps it’ll give me that extra little edge I need if I want my books to become bestsellers.

We can only hope.

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