Why Audiobooks Are So Great | The Awkward Book Blogger

When I was younger, I used to be a physical book purist. I would only read physical copies of books. Granted, at the time e-books weren’t really a thing. With advancing technologies, books are started to move towards technology, from e-books, e-readers, and audiobooks.

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I used to think that audiobooks were for those who weren’t serious about reading (how can you get the full experience without turning the pages of a physical copy and having the satisfaction of closing the book once you’re done?), but I’ve come to really appreciate them over the years. Nowadays, although I still prefer reading, I listen to a good number of audiobooks every year.


You can read while you’re busy

I’m a busy gal. As a college student, I don’t really have the time anymore to sit down and read the books I want. I can listen to an audiobook whenever I have some free time, like when I’m walking to classes, riding the bus, or doing chores.

They don’t take up space (portability!)

Technically, you could get audiobooks on CDs, but who uses CDs anymore? I normally get my audiobooks online, either from Audible or from my local library’s electronic selection. If you get your audiobooks online, you can have them with you at any time without taking up space or weight in your bag. All you need is a device that connects to the internet and a pair of headphones and you’re ready to go!

Storytelling is an art form

I was never read bedtime stories as a child, but I imagine audiobooks are kind of what it feels like. The different voices the reader does for each character enriches the experience that normal reading just doesn’t do for me. The downside is that you aren’t able to create your own voices in your head for each character.

It’s easy to relax with

Something I still have trouble with is finding a good position to read. I normally read in bed since it’s the only comfortable piece of furniture I have. No matter how I sit or lay down, it feels awkward to be reading with a physical book. If I’m laying on my back, my arms get tired of holding the book up for long periods of time. If I’m laying on my side, I have to switch the position of the book frequently as I read from the left page to the right. Plus, my glasses doesn’t sit properly on my face when I lay on my side. If I’m sitting up in bed, my neck hurts from looking down at the book in my lap for too long. Basically, I can’t win. That’s why audiobooks are so amazing. You don’t have to be looking at anything. All you need is to turn it on in whatever position you want to be in and listen. It’s great if you want to unwind after a long day and fall asleep to the soothing voice of the reader.

It’s a good way to pass the time

During the winter holidays, I decided to crochet amigurumi dolls as gifts for my friends and family. The dolls are very time intensive, so it felt like I wasn’t getting anything done while I was crocheting. Listening to an audiobook while I worked helped me feel more productive despite the fact that all I was doing was sitting on my bed for hours on end. Crocheting requires my eyes to focus on where I’m creating stitches, meaning I can’t read or watch something while I’m doing it. That’s why I turned to audiobooks so I could be “reading” while working.


There are a ton more reasons why I love audiobooks, but those are my main ones. What do you think? What are your thoughts on audiobooks? Do you love them or hate them?

Let’s chat in the comments!


Until next time….


13 thoughts on “Why Audiobooks Are So Great | The Awkward Book Blogger

  1. Jordann @thebookbloglife 01/06/2020 / 9:22 am

    I love audiobooks, I definitely haven’t made enough time for it in the past year but I really wanna start again this year! I love how easy it is to sit and listen to a book! Great post.

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    • Jessica 01/06/2020 / 6:11 pm

      I feel the same way! Audiobooks are just so nice to listen to…

      Hopefully 2020 will be your year where you can get back into audiobooks! ❀


  2. readwiththelibrarian 01/06/2020 / 7:17 pm

    I need to get into audio books. I used to fall asleep listening to books on cassette tape! #agingmyself But as an adult, I’ve never picked up an audio book. It’s something I’m nervous and eager to try!

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    • Jessica 01/07/2020 / 1:14 am

      I remember books on cassette tapes! Audiobooks have the same feel except everything is electronic. They’re honestly worth a try! πŸ˜€

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  3. Unchaptered 01/06/2020 / 11:14 pm

    This is a lovely post! I’m a relatively recent e-reader convert so I think it will take me a while to get to audiobooks. I enjoy listening to book summaries on Blinkist so maybe I’m not too far away 😊

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    • Jessica 01/07/2020 / 1:16 am

      Audiobooks aren’t for everyone but it’s always worth a try! I’m also a recent e-reader convert! I didn’t understand the fuss about them up until I got one myself. Now I find myself reaching for my e-reader more than I do my physical books XD

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  4. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan 01/11/2020 / 10:26 am

    I totally accept everything you say and I really want to start using audiobooks. But I find hard to focus on the narration when I am doing something else. Maybe it is just not for me!

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    • Jessica 01/11/2020 / 5:36 pm

      Everyone’s different! I can only multi-task with audiobooks when the task I’m doing doesn’t require much thinking. That’s why I can’t listen to audiobooks while I’m driving. Either I’m distracted or I don’t process anything I’m listening to.

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      • Gayathri Lakshminarayanan 01/12/2020 / 12:08 am

        Yup, not process anything is my issue as well.

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  5. neuravinci 01/17/2020 / 10:29 am

    I agree! I used to be a physical book purist as well, but then realized that I’m still getting the story even if someone’s reading it to me. Now I go through more books, enjoy them just as much or more, and am reading outside my usual genres. It’s great!

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    • Jessica 01/17/2020 / 6:15 pm

      Same here! I’m able to get through more books because audio-books allow to multitask while absorbing the story.

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  6. Marta @ the book mermaid 01/28/2020 / 3:44 pm

    Very unfortunately, audiobooks never worked for me!! My attention span is so short that I’ll get distracted and not even notice it, so I won’t understand most of what’s happening, and doing other things while listening to it is completely impossible. ):

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    • Jessica 01/28/2020 / 5:57 pm

      I guess it really depends on the person. I totally understand where you’re coming from, though! There are times where my mind drifts and I have to rewind the audiobook a little bit because I wasn’t paying attention.

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