Why I Love Audiobooks (And You Should, Too!)
As a lifelong learner, I can’t stop loving books.
I love all things B.O.O.K.S ~ audiobooks, eBooks, hardcovers and paperbacks. I love reading and collecting them.
They are among my best resources for self growth and development. And I consider them a top investment. Its only natural that I fit nicely within the group of those who have ‘more books than friends’.
Books help me self reflect, explore new ideas and simply become a better person – inside out. They also help boost my spirituality, self awareness and intellect.
This is not surprising considering that I grew up surrounded by books. I have loads of books in different locations and even across continents.
Thanks to eBooks and Kindle, my wish list and downloads are ever increasing never decreasing. However, the challenge is how do I get to read all of these books and get the maximum benefit out of them?
I only have 24 hours in each day, two eyes to view the books and two hands to hold the book while reading at any particular time. Along with my increasing personal and business responsibilities.
In comes audiobooks!
Now I can focus my eyes on something else while listening to a book.
With audiobooks, you can engage your hands while hearing the words read out. Imagine what happens in the situation – learning continues even while doing your chores, traveling, exercising or waiting for an appointment.
No more logging around heavy book bags. No more worrying about creating more book space at home or work. And definitely no more guilt trips about reading less because there’s business or life to attend to.
I had my first audiobook experience without any planning or fuss. It was recommended at the end of a business pod cast I enjoy listening to, so I took up the recommendation with a thankful spirit. Afterall, it came with an offer to read the first book free on Audible – who will give up such an opportunity? Definitely not me.
Can you guess what I did?
Sign up of course! It was a no-brainer.
The Audible experience was awesome and since I was already a Kindle and Amazon fan – I was only happy to test-run Audible. Audible is Amazon’s marketplace for audiobooks.
I finished the first book in only a few days without much effort. That was such an exciting accomplishment. My reading goal was to read at least two books each month. With audiobooks it was obvious I could do more. The possibilities… ahh!
I felt my excuses had been stripped away. I could still listen to books and juggle my other demands.
Although I am dominantly a visual learner, the listening experience nicely compliments the learning process as I found out listening to my favourite personal development titles and authors.
Audibooks are your gateway to faster reading and learning. If your books are gathering dust and bookshelves overflowing yet you are not getting much reading done, try listening to audiobooks.
Here are the top 5 reasons why I love audiobooks
Audiobooks allow me a faster reading time which means I can read more books in the time that I usually read prints/ eBooks. More books = more learning.
Just like eBooks, the audio version is easy to log around and can be synced to multiple devices. This means listening ‘hands-free’ while organising things, cleaning, exercising, commuting and traveling.
3. Time management
With audiobooks, I have less guilt trips. I can fill up some work time or down time with guilt free reading by taking advantage of the pockets of free time that pop up throughout the day.
4. Auditory experience/ stimulation
Listening to the narrator’s voice makes a great listening experience. I also find some of the words more contextual when heard.
If it is the author of the book who is doing the narration, it helps create a rapport especially if I have listened to earlier works of that author.
I can listen again and again to get inspiration from beneficial phrases, expressions and whole paragraphs.
5. Better listening skills
It training-in-progress to develop even better listening skills. As much as I naturally love listening to others, it takes some grit and perseverance to listen to hours upon hours of narration There’s usually nothing to see/ look at for a change but much more to hear.
I usually have my pen and journal close by to take notes.
You have many options to try them out with, but if you are an Amazon fan you can try out Audible for a free 30-day trial and cancel at any time. They are awesome folks, because they let you keep the book even if you cancel the trial.
Here’s how you can test run it:
– Click here.
– Sign for free.
– Download and get listening.
– You can sync to your devices or leave on primary device such as phone.
The mobile app allows you to download or stream the books and it comes with badges to help you keep track of how much reading you are getting done.
Here are just a couple of my favourite personal development audiobooks.
You can choose more titles from the list ~ 40 books every Muslim must read before 40.
And better yet, you can experiment with reading the hardcover/ paperback, eBook version and audio version of the same book. And compare the unique experience of each mode of reading and learning.
Are you up for that challenge? I will fill you up on my experience in a later post.
Well… there you go.
All the top reasons why I love audiobooks. What about you? Are you still contemplating? Head over to audible for your first audiobook experience and share your thoughts.
Over to YOU ~ Have you listened to any great audiobook(s)? Or which will you love to listen to first? Please let me know in the comments below.