But, I'll explain why...
I know that people love audiobooks but it's no secret that I don't.
I guess you could say that I've just never mastered the art of listening to books.
Typically, in order for me to follow an audiobook, I need to be sitting still, in silence, doing something that requires little to no thought whatsoever or I fail to follow the story.
I also need my head to be pretty empty otherwise I get lost in my thoughts and miss whatever is going on.
This makes escaping into an audiobook pretty difficult!
When you combine it with how expensive they tend to be, how long they take to listen to and the fact that, I almost always hate the sound of the narrator's voice (to the point where I'd rather have a knitting needle jabbed through my ears rather than listen to them speak) it's safe to say I usually that I avoid them.
However! I want audiobooks to work for me. I really really do. They'd make my life so much easier. I'd get through so many more books! I'm desperate to get to a point where I can tune out the world and sink into a story while doing the mundane tasks of life like ironing but, alas, I can't even manage that at this point.
The only success I've had with audiobooks was recently when I discovered that I can listen to them on my drive to and from work - as long as I manage to empty my brain of all the buzzy thoughts before I drive!
I think this is because the commute is so ingrained in me that I don't have to think about the journey, I just need to watch the road, and having someone chatting away in my ear is so commonplace in the car that it's almost irrelevant that it's a book and not a person speaking to me.
I also discovered - thanks to my kid's love of audiobooks - that by signing up for an audible subscription, I can get one 'free' a month, I can access discount bundles, and if I buy a kindle version, I can get the audiobook for a few pounds extra.
Shame that my audible account is basically my kid's audible account... He'd legit kill me if I used his credits. He has his reading agenda for the year all planned out! But I digress...
In a bid to try and convert myself to an audio lover, I've signed up to an audiobook challenge this year. My goal is to listen to 5 and I'm targeting the kiddo's Heroes of Olympus (by Rick Riordan) series. This is because we own the audios already so I'm not wasting money if I give up and because we also own them in print, I can finish the stories if I lose the will to live listening to the audiobooks.
It's a win win!
And the good news is that I've already finished one! I listened to The Lost Hero (book one in the series) on my commute over the past few weeks and I must admit I really enjoyed it! The narrator was good, the story completely engaging and addictive and I'm - gasp! - actually looking forward to listening to the next book in the series!
However, even if I manage to train myself into becoming an audiobook lover - and my minor success so far this year leaves a lot to be determined - the ebook will always be my favourite.
I love my ereader.
I can read an ebook faster than I can listen to one. They're less expensive. There is more choice in material. Annoying pronunciations and accents don't interrupt the reading experience. If you get distracted or fall asleep, it's easy to pick your place back up.
Ultimately though, I think there's a place for both in the world.
What you think? Audio or ebook?