My Favorite Books Are Audiobooks

My favorite books are audiobooks.

I know this might sound weird to some, but it’s true. Growing up I LOVED reading. However, you know what I loved more? When my mom would read to me. It didn’t mean that I wasn’t a good reader. Heck, I was reading in kindergarten. Let me tell you a story as I remember it:

One day my mom went to my kindergarten teacher very saddened about my reading. They might have been having a parent teacher conference, I’m not sure. In any case, my mom asked my teacher, what she could do in order to help me better learn to read. My teacher was confused. She said, “Jen knows how to read!” My mom shook her head and said, “No she doesn’t she just copies words that she hears me say, she knows the patterns and repetition.” (Or something to that extent) My teacher then made me go grab random books off the shelf, that I had never looked at before, and made me read them to my mom. When I was done, my mom was in shock. When she asked me why I never read to her at home, I said it was because I wanted her to read to me. I TRICKED MY MOM INTO READING TO ME EVERY NIGHT.

What is the point of this story? To tell you that to me, audiobooks are the world. Listening to a story that you have never read yourself, hearing the different voices and the way that they create these character’s identities is magical. It doesn’t mean that I don’t like to read. I mean, I work in a bookstore. I have tons of books at home on my shelves. There is just something so special, an addition, to what might already be an amazing story. Furthermore, it helps with learning the proper names of characters and places; how they are pronounced and how the author wanted it to be read or in this case, heard.

One of my favorite quotes is by Maya Angelou. She says, “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.” Now I understand, that that could be words in general, how you talk to people, etc. However I like to use that quote for audiobooks. I feel that it is so poetic and accurately speaks to how I feel in regards to them.

Fun fact: I have never cried while reading a book. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a very visual person and my imagination sucks sometimes? Or if it is just that I need to see it acted out in person. However, there have been SEVERAL audiobooks where I have bursted out in tears. Considering most of the time I am in my car while listening, that makes for some uncomfortable looks from people in cars next to me. My dad is also constantly texting me to come inside, when he sees me sitting out in my car. What he doesn’t understand is that I might be listening to a really intense part of the audiobook and need to finish before I can do anything else. I have sat in my car anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour just hoping to finish an audiobook.

I know that this post is getting pretty long, but I just wanted to say that if you have never tried audiobooks, please give them a go. They are as beautiful and important as any other book and deserve to be listened to! These narrators get awards too! If you want to check out some past winners, click HERE or HERE. They are great for driving, doing something creative, or just household chores. I think it must be an incredible boost for your brain if you can listen and pay attention to an audio, as well as be doing something else effectively.

I guess that’s it for now. I will leave you with this quote:

“I’ve never listened to an audiobook before, and I have to say it’s a totally different experience. When you read a book, the story definitely takes place in your head. When you listen, it seems to happen in a little cloud all around it, like a fuzzy knit cap pulled down over your eyes”

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

 

-Jen

 

 

Audiobooks featured in this post:

 

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Hamilton the Revolution by Lin Manuel Miranda

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

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