After some hmm-ah-ing, I’ve added Audible onto my list of media services to subscribe to. I’m on the free 30-day trial and after a day, I still have mixed feelings. 

One of my goals this year is to double the number of books I read last year, which means that I want to read at least two books per week. 

(I’m 13 books ahead of schedule thanks to Kindle Unlimited, which I am really getting into.)

So I thought, why not audiobooks as well? My typical thing to do while commuting is listening to podcasts. It would be easy to substitute that with an audiobook. 

Or so I thought. It’s not been as easy as I thought it would be. 

The thing with listening to books is that I often miss parts because my mind wanders. When I’m reading, I tend to highlight the text, let my mind stay longer on certain points, form connections with things I’ve read or learned elsewhere. 

When I do that with audiobooks, I come back into the moment and realise… I’ve missed a whole chunk of the reading! So I rewind and listen to it again. Rinse and repeat. 

This happens less commonly when I listen to podcasts because it’s more conversational. 

On the other hand, what I do love about audiobooks is that it gives my eyes a break. I often read before I fall asleep and that can be hard to do some days. 

The jury is still out. Let’s see how the next 29 days go. 

Do you listen to audiobooks? What do you love about it?

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