About a month ago, I made a postI made a post about audiobooks and said why I didn’t like them. I gave myself the challenge of listening to an audiobook borrowed from the online library (The Immortal Secrets of Nicolas Flamel: The Alchemyst) to see if this could change my mind about audiobooks.
Weeeeeeell… here’s the verdict.
I don’t think audiobooks are for me.
That’s fair, right? I gave it a shot, and it didn’t quite work out. Overall, I listened to about 3/10 hours of The Alchemyst (by Michael Scott, read by Denis O’Hare) and that was about as far as I got to. I listened to the audiobook in the car, which was about 40 minutes, and although this worked very well for me, I wasn’t doing it every day, often I liked to listen to music so I wasn’t concentrating on what I was hearing as much, and since I’ve come to university, I have about 2 minutes of commuting to do.
I did really like having the audio commentary, but sometimes I felt like I was feeling to tense and I wanted to skip ahead to find out what happened. I’m more of a paperback person, it would seem; I read so much faster during the tense times, listening to an audiobook doesn’t really match up.
I also found that sometimes the voice was too quiet, especially in a car where I had no headphones and was listening via my radio speakers. This made it quite often rather difficult.
My favourite thing about it? The accents! Denis O’Hare is a fantastic narrator. Scottie especially was said fabulously.
I can see why audiobooks are for some people, but, personally, they’re just not for me. Maybe later on in my course for university, or next year where I will once again have to commute every day, I might listen to more audiobooks, but for now, the OverDrive app has been deleted and I’ll only be listening to them if I fancy it; I’m not going to be an audiobook listener.
What are your opinions of audiobooks? Have you ever tried and not liked before? Or tried and liked?