Magic of Audiobooks

New Year’s Goals are not only more valuable, but also more realistic than New Year’s Resolutions. Resolutions constitute a final product or accomplishment you must achieve, and anything less is considered a failure. New Year’s Goals give you something to actively work towards, and success is found simply in trying. Luckily for me, I tried and succeeded at one of my main goals for 2018.

I wanted 2018 to be the year I found my way back to reading. I was always the most avid bookworm. I lost the habit once my junior year of college picked up, and now post-college there just doesn’t seem to be time. Television has always been the more convenient option because I can enjoy it while always being productive around the house (laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, etc). Not anymore. It felt like the world of literature was closed off by the demands of everyday life. Between a full time job, errands, and chores, how could I have time to sit down and devote myself to a book anymore?

In January I took advantage of the New Year promotion to sign up for Audible. It’s basically the iTunes of audiobooks. While you don’t have to be a member to purchase an audiobook, membership gets you 1 free audiobook per month (no matter the price) and 30% off their entire catalogue of books. Audiobooks are significantly more expensive than eBooks or regular books, which is fair considering the length and production costs, so that discount is pretty significant. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. I always considered myself a ‘visual’ learner, and before joining Audible would have told you that audiobooks simply wouldn’t hold my attention. I am so glad to say how wrong I was!

My first audiobook of the New Year was Sharp Objects, which I was planning on reading anyways since the HBO series is comes out this summer. Between the compelling story and hypnotic performance of the voice actor, I was absolutely hooked. Not only was I loving the story, I could enjoy it all the time! On the treadmill, in the car, while doing chores… cheesy as it sounds, but it was like the act of reading had been given back to me.

Plenty of naysayers like to say that Audiobooks don’t “count”. This is peak literature-snobbery, in my opinion. To prefer physical books over audiobooks or eBooks is absolutely fine, but to put people down for finding alternative methods of reading is ridiculous. If introducing electronic mediums to the world of books encourages people to enjoy stories they otherwise wouldn’t have read, how on earth can that be a negative. By saying “Kindles such compared to real books” or “Audiobooks are cheating”, you’re excluding people that are trying to find their own ways of absorbing stories.

Particularly in the case of Audiobooks, we should be celebrating their rise in popularity. Audiobooks are the only way the visually impaired can read. The more popular audiobooks become, the more books will be recorded as audiobooks, and the more books they will have to enjoy. Everybody wins!

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