The Advantages of Audiobooks
What are the advantages of audiobooks? Steph Nickel, our very own Book Butterfly shares her experiences with this relatively recent phenomenon.
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The Advantages of Audiobooks
It’s a whole new world.
I have been listening to podcasts for quite some time.
Bible App Audio Option
It wasn’t until just last week that I discovered the audio option on the Bible app on my phone. Listening to someone else read the Scriptures, while I go about other tasks, is not a substitute for sitting down and focusing on God’s Word, but it will help me get through the Bible this year.
While I lean toward being a visual learner, I am enjoying the audio option more and more.
Today, I’d like to share a few advantages—and challenges—of listening to audiobooks.
As I mentioned, you can go about other tasks while listening to a novel or nonfiction book. For many of us, time constraints limit the time we have available to devote exclusively to reading.
Plus, there’s the matter of focus. I love books. As you know, if you’ve listened to this podcast before, I have physical and virtual bookshelves bowing under the weight of both read and unread volumes. However, I find it difficult to sit for lengthy periods of time, focused on a single book. (I have too much of a squirrel brain for that.) But if I can go about doing other things at the same time, I get through the book much more quickly.
Audiobooks are great to listen to when travelling. As I shared with you some time ago, I listened to 11 chapters of a novel while travelling home from Muskoka. Sadly, I have to find a viable option to listening to the rest of the story. Our car is so old, our CD player can’t play audiobooks.
If two or more people in the same place want to read a book, listening can be a great option. No more waiting until the other person is finished.
And further, this is great if a group is studying a nonfiction book. They can listen to a chapter and discuss it while it’s fresh in their mind.
Members of most book clubs read the chosen book, or a certain number of chapters, before gathering together. Listening to a chapter or two of an audiobook and discussing it at the meeting could be a good option for those who can’t read the material ahead of time.
There may be physical reasons that reading a book may be challenging for you. Maybe you have issues with your eyesight or maybe you get drowsy if you sit down to read a book—especially at the end of a long day.
Visiting (Sort Of)
And, as odd as it sounds, if you’re like me, an extrovert who enjoys interacting with others, hearing someone read a book is like having company when you’re alone. If you’re an introvert who loves their alone time, you’re probably scratching your head at this point and wondering, “What on earth is she talking about?” But that’s okay.
I’m sure you could come up with several other advantages of listening to audiobooks—and I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Challenges of Audiobooks
But before I wrap up this review (of sorts), I’d like to discuss a few of the disadvantages of listening to audiobooks as well.
It’s easy to listen to someone read—or speak—without really hearing them. If we stop the recording—or the individual who has been speaking asks us a question—we may realize we haven’t processed what they were saying.
It’s more difficult to interact with information and insights if our attention is divided. An option is to listen to a chapter or two of a book while taking notes at the same time. This is what a friend and I do each week when we get together. We then discuss our insights.
Listening to audiobooks can be a costly endeavour. It’s likely we could listen to more books in a month than we would be able to read. I am restricting myself to one book a month from the Audible store.
Just like any other pursuit, we must be sure it enriches our life and the life of those around us. Whether it’s video games, TV viewing, or focusing on our smartphones—or countless other things—we must be sure we’re not neglecting what is truly important, the people and callings the Lord has brought into our life.
So, while I highly recommend listening to audiobooks and podcasts, I encourage you to evaluate the time you spend doing so. Is it the best use of your time? Does it enrich your life? Does it equip and energize you to bless others?
As I said earlier, I’d love to hear your thoughts on audiobooks—why you enjoy them or why you don’t.
Stephanie is a freelance writer and a contributor to our Christian internet radio station, HopeStreamRadio. Read and hear more from Steph Nickel on the contributor’s page or at Steph Nickel’s Eclectic Interests.
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