I read a LOT of books, but I’ve never been big on listening to them. I know a lot of people, friends, bloggers, etc that prefer audio books, and I think it’s a great idea. I’ve just always been more of a reader than a listener. I want to change that a little this year. One of my reading goals this year is to listen to a few books. I’m not specifying an amount, I just want to give it a try.
I’ve never really given audio books a try, except for when my kids were little, we would listen to a few short stories from time to time. It started when one of them got a Junie B. Jones story on CD as toy prize in a kid’s meal years ago. They were both amazed that it was a story CD instead of music, and they LOVED it! So, from time to time (especially if the car ride would be long), we’d borrow some story CD’s from our local library.
For myself though, I’ve never been in the car long enough by myself to justify or to try to listen to a book on CD. I knew my local library had different audio options, but I didn’t give them a try. Like I said, I’m more of a reader (and a creature of habit), so I never thought much about it. I like reading books, so I just keep reading books. This year, I want to try some audios. I’m trying to exercise more, and usually I listen to music, but I should be able to listen to a book. And when I’m doing stuff around the house, I always have either music or the television on, so I should be able to listen to a book instead.
My local library uses Overdrive, so I don’t have to worry about CD’s or anything like that – I can download the app to my iphone and/or Kindle, log into my local library database, and “check out” audios without having to leave my house. For FREE!!! It’s such a great idea, and I really need to take advantage of it!! I knew the program existed, but I didn’t realize how easy it was, so I didn’t want take time for it. I’m going to now, though!
I’m not giving up reading books – physical or ebooks, but I just wanted to give audios a try. It’s my way of trying something new and getting out of my comfort zone a little. I going to try it a few times this year and see how I do. If I find myself not paying as much attention or having a hard time following along with the audios, then at least I gave it a try.
So, what about you — do you prefer reading or listening? If you’re a fan of audio books, what programs or apps do you use? Are there fees? What are your likes & dislikes about audio books? Any favorite narrators?