Today’s discussion is going to be about my relationship with audiobooks. I have a complicated relationship with audiobooks. I’ve only listened to four of them, one of them I tried listening to while reading along with the book, and that didn’t work out too well because I read faster than the audiobook went, and yes, I did try speeding the audiobook up but that didn’t work either. The first audiobook that I listened to was The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, that one didn’t work for me at all, there was so much going on that I couldn’t pay attention or retain any of the information. The second one I listened to and this is the one that I tried listening to while reading the book as mentioned above was Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. The third audiobook that I listened to was Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater, surprisingly this audiobook worked for me, I was able to retain the information. The fourth audiobook that I listened to was also the most recent one that I listened to and that was Auggie and Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio and this one worked for me as well, and I was able to retain the information. Why two audiobooks worked and two didn’t is something that I’m trying to figure out. However, it is interesting that the two audiobooks that worked for me happen to be middle grade and not YA, it is something for me to think about if I do listen to more audiobooks.
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It’s great that you found a couple that worked for you. Some audiobooks I own just don’t sink in when I listen to them. It’s a shame because they’re so expensive and I can’t enjoy them
It’s ironic that the only ones that have worked for me were both middle-grade.
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I find audiobooks don’t work as well for me because I get easily distracted. Suddenly I want to be doing something else, but I can’t multitask and still follow the story. Maybe I should try audiobooks late at night when I have nothing else to do. Hmm.
For the two audiobooks that worked for me, I listened to one on an hour and a half car ride, and then the other one that worked for me I listened to it while doing homework. I usually always listen to music when I do homework, so for me listening to an audiobook worked the same way. I feel like audiobooks would be really good to listen to at the beach where you can just sit and do nothing.
I think audiobooks at the beach would be fantastic! No more glare on your book!