Thursday Thoughts is an original, weekly meme created on Ok, Let’s Read. Each weeka new, conversational topic is posted to encourage talking about a specific, book-related topic.
This weeks topic is Audiobooks.
Recently I received an email from my library, informing about upcoming events and activities. It also listed the newest additions to their online audiobook catalogue. I was immediately interested in the featured title, and decided to read up more about the story. I think it’s marvellous that libraries are starting to offer free access online to audiobooks, and I’m sure it will open up the service to new members, some of whom may never have considered using the library before.
My own relationship with audiobooks is a little contradictory. In theory, I think they after wonderful; you can have all the pleasure of a story, but the freedom to indulge in it whilst doing other things, like driving, or gardening, or, in my case, cross stitching.
Herein though lies the essential problem for me – when listening to an audiobook, I often don’t feel fully engaged or focused, and find myself needing to relisten to certain passages when I’ve lost the thread. It’s probably my own fault, for trying to do two things at once. A story needs the entirety of my attention to get the most of it, so then I come back to thinking that if I’m giving my undivided attention to a story, then I might as we’ll be reading a physical book instead.
I know someone who says something similar about reading on an e-reader; she doesn’t find that she takes in what she has read. I don’t find this, and like to read either books or e-books, but I do think the same thing applies to me and audiobooks. Perhaps it’s simply a matter of adapting to a different method of reading, and if I tried it more often I would become accustomed to it?
So, while I love audiobooks in theory, and that they’re so readily available, for the time being I think I’ll be sticking to physical books, although I do feel tempted to give audio another try at some point.