I’ve been participating in a book reading challenge on Twitter for the past 20 days. Each day is a different category of books read in 2017 that we share with others participating in this challenge. One of the days was Best Audiobook listened to in 2017 and then the following day was best Narrator. Myself and another Twitter friend ended up getting into a conversation about how we wouldn’t have choices for those days because we didn’t listen to audiobooks in all of 2017. I’m actually a step further because I don’t listen to audiobooks at all. A few of my Twitter friends found that to be a little shocking because nowadays everyone loves audiobooks. It got me thinking about the reason why I just can’t bring myself to listen to them and I wanted to share those reasons today to see if there are other oddballs like me in the world.
The number one reason I don’t listen to audiobooks is because when I read a book, I imagine how the characters look based on the author’s description as well as how their voices sound. When you listen to an audiobook, at least for me, I no longer hear the voice I imagined. It’s a forced voice that’s now stuck in my head because that was how it was portrayed on the audiobook. Most audiobooks are narrated by one person reading the whole book. This is something else I cannot get behind. Just one, monotone voice with a few inflections of emotion here and there just sounds so boring! Listening to a book is totally different from listening to music or even a movie. Even with a movie you have a bunch of different voices and action and all kinds of good stuff. Music has a bunch of different tones and chords along with the singers. With a book, it’s just not the same.
Another reason I can’t do audiobooks is because I feel like I’ll get bored and just fall asleep. When you have a book in your hand and you’re turning the pages, it’s just something more exciting about that than sitting there twiddling your thumbs while you listen to your book. I realize most people multitask while they’re listening to audiobooks, like driving in the car or doing house chores but a book for me is supposed to have my complete attention and if I multitask while listening to a book, it’s highly probable I’ll tune the book out in favor of the task at hand. I’m usually pretty great at multitasking, in fact I listen to music while I write all my blog posts but if it was a book, again, just not the same vibe or motivation to listen closely.
I think ultimately if I were to take the plunge into the audiobook world, it would be a biography of a celebrity I admire. Mostly because they are usually the ones narrating their own book. For example, the actress Tiffany Haddish has a book called “The Last Black Unicorn” and I’m actually quite interested in listening to the audiobook instead of actually reading the paper book because I’ve seen her in plenty of interviews and feel I could listen to her talk about her life, in the words of her book, and it would actually grab my attention. Is it unusual that I can listen to an author of a book talk in their own words but I can’t listen to another person read an author’s book which is also in the author’s own words? Curious.
So what do you think about audiobooks? Are you an oddball like me and can’t bring yourself to listen to your favorite genre in audio format? Let me know in the comments below!