Sunday, 23 July 2017

Audiobook Progress Update 1

It's been a week since I decided to give audio books a try, despite many reservations, and I thought I'd update on how it's going!

I signed up with Audible as £7.99 a month (and a free 30 day trial) didn't sound unreasonable and then I discovered that it only covers 1 book a month. 
Now, I'm just starting out on audiobooks, and don't even know if I'll take to them, so one book a month isn't horrible but if I begin to like them then one book a month isn't going to cut it. I'm going to have to buy some and HOLY HELL! Have you seen the prices of those bad boys?! Over £25 a book in most cases. 
That is staggering. 
Staggeringly nonsensical and totally not worth it.
But, I've promised myself I'll give them a try so I will and I've discovered that I can buy many that I already have on kindle for only £2.99 so, if audio books stick, I may backtrack on my comment about not using audio books for re-reads. But then again maybe I'll just keep my additional £2.99 and buy another ebook...

I've also had many suggestions to check out my library's selection of audio books so I'm going to do that too in case I do fall in love with them.

Choosing my 'first' audio book

When flicking through the available audio's - and there is quite a selection! - I discovered that Kristen Ashley has an audio book exclusive out at the moment called Complicated.
Seeing as the kindle and print versions of the book aren't out until November, and considering I'm an impatient one, it seemed like a no brainier that it would be my first as I do enjoy a Kristen Ashley novel. 

However, I have to say, OMG it is 18hrs long. 
I could read it in less than half that time! But I keep reminding myself that that's not the point of this... Audiobook experiment.
The point is to utilise my time in such a way that I get to read more books, by listening while doing other things like ironing, not substitute reading time for listening time. 

So far I have managed to listen to three chapters while doing my ironing and while the narrator was jarring at first I was settling in quite nicely until it switched from the dude to the lady. 
It was very annoying trying to re-adjust.
However, by that point I'd almost run out of ironing and figured I'd pick up - with the new narrator - at the next load of laundry.

My current opinion is that it takes too long to settle in to the narration and it takes too long for them to read me a chapter. Plus, it's annoying having big gaps between listening.
That said, I think if I listened more frequently - i.e. not just with the ironing - it wouldn't be as hard to settle in to the narration and I've been told I can speed up the reading tempo so I'm going to look into that too.


  1. I have a post going up tomorrow asking for audio book tips because i'm giving it a try as well. I've been practicing with podcasts.

    I drift off so easily and everyone says it's faster but I can read a book in an afternoon so at 18 hours for audio - I doubt that. I can't multi task while listening and I don't have a long drive everyday. Like you I'm going to give it a go though.

    For What It's Worth

  2. I tried out audiobooks a while back, and I had similar problems. For some of them, the narrator was off-putting and I just couldn't settle in. Also, I found it hard to focus on the audiobook whilst doing another task and generally stay engaged with it - on one occasion I fell asleep as I was listening!

    But I would still love to give audiobooks another try, it might be that I just need to find the right one. I hope your audiobook journey goes well from here!

  3. So this post just made me laugh so much because I'm an author with an audiobook just coming out--and everyone says it's the new frontier--and I'm just like you--I could read this faster. What's with this voice? Who has time to listen to 18 hours of... (But I have time to read 10 books a week... ;P ). LOL. Audiobooks. My experiment continues as well. I sent you an essay via your FB page.

    1. Hi, Thanks for stopping by! Sorry I haven't received anything via FB?