Reading is fundamental, but so is listening. Combine the two and you get audiobooks–helping you live a more productive, and enjoyable life.
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Remember when you were a kid, and your parents used to read you bedtime stories? Are You My Mother? Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat and the Hat, and all things Shel Silverstein were fan favorites in my household. Well, guess what? You can basically get this bedtime story service as an adult–they’re called audiobooks. It’s like having someone available to read to you on command. Now all I need are adult services for someone to do my hair, manage my expenses, run my errands, do my groceries and cook all of my meals, all at a low-cost (preferably free). I basically just need to be back under the supervision of my parents again; adulthood is overrated.
Audiobooks used to be pretty pricey but they’ve become more affordable in recent years. Audible is the most popular audiobook platform with over 100,000 books. Owned and operated by Amazon, it’s basically the Kindle store of audiobooks, except subscription-based. It’s $14.95 a month for one free book credit and provides discounted access to thousands of others. The first 30 days of membership are free and includes a book to get you started. Personally, I love Audible; I’ve been using it for years now.
Another option I’ve used is the local library. Every library I have been to within the past few years have audiobooks via MP3 that you can download if they have it in stock. And that option is FREE with a library card (P.S. Library cards are also free). Just to add my personal two cents: please support your local libraries! Everyone deserves access to books and other resources that libraries provide, and that can only happen if we continue to prove to the government that these establishments are important to our communities.
Now, back to the subject matter at hand–here are five reasons you should listen to audiobooks.
Kill Two Birds With One Stone
Audiobooks are the epitome of multitasking. They allow you to get through material much faster than you would normally because you are now essentially able to read a book while cleaning, cooking, driving, working out…basically any and all activities that tie up your hands.
It’s also great for academic purposes when you have a lot of material to get through in a short period of time (so that’s all the time if you’re a student). You just have to kind of remind yourself to take notes and not daydream about what you had for lunch.
Hear it Straight From the Horse’s Mouth
I feel like I know Shonda Rhimes, Trevor Noah, Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, and Kevin Hart personally just from listening to their audiobooks (like we may as well be on first-name basis). It’s like I’ve hung out with them individually for five to 10 straight hours. Few people are aware that the audio version of most autobiographies and memoirs are read and recorded by the authors themselves. So when Shonda was reading Year of Yes to me, she was basically sitting in the passenger seat of my car telling me about her life.
Whether you’re going on a trip, to the doctor’s office, or the DMV to renew your license, listening to audiobooks gives you less to carry along with you. I know now-a-days people read on their phones and Kindles, and probably even their Apple Watch at this point, but I’m a sucker for physical books. So odds are if I have to save on space (or lessen the number of things I could potentially lose), I’ll probably leave the book behind and listen to an audiobook instead. A novel doesn’t fit in your cute new clutch, but I know your phone does.
Give Your Eyes A Break
Presently, all we do is stare into the backlight of something, be it a television, phone, tablet, or laptop. On top of that, there’s not even enough hours in the day, so I know you don’t get a full eight hours of sleep. You think you’re tired? Your eyes are exhausted! They need more rest than the six hours of sleep you get a night. You know how they tell you “don’t go toward the light” when you’re on your deathbed? As millennials who came of age with the boom of technology, we’ll probably find the light welcoming and accidentally walk straight into our death. Don’t go toward the light! Moral of the story: Close your eyes and listen to an audiobook every now and then.
For All You Non-Readers
Some people just can’t get into reading. I’d argue that you just haven’t found the right material to captivate you, or you just haven’t made the time, but hey, to each her own. For the non-readers out there, audiobooks provide you the opportunity to reap some of the many benefits of reading without ever flipping a page. Otherwise, how else could you join the water cooler conversation about Fire and Fury?