“Audiobooks? What are those?”
“Why call it a book when you’re not even reading it? Isn’t that cheating?”
Audiobooks are amazing okay. And they are here to stay.
They’re great for multitasking!
We all know that reading is definitely not a multitaskable task—at least in terms where your eyes have to be fixed on the words and not elsewhere. But if you’re someone who either can’t sit still reading for hours or find it difficult to fit in time for it, audiobooks pave a new avenue for you to consume stories.
If you’re doing chores (which rely only on muscle memory), try putting on an audiobook to listen. It’s a great way to unwind after a long day even though you still have to finish up mundane chores such as folding piles of clothes or cleaning mountain of dishes.
And if you commute by train or bus, this is a perfect way to kill time! That is, if you prefer not to lug a physical book around or strain your eyes with an e-book. I wouldn’t recommend listening to it if you’re behind the wheel though (even though plenty of people on the internet say they do that?????)—stay safe on the road!
OR if you just want to read but your eyes are tiring you out, listening to a book can solve that problem for you.
You can hone your listening AND concentration skills
Audiobooks sharpen your listening AND concentration skills—trust me, deciphering descriptive sentences and conjuring images of them while listening along the way is not easy at all. And if you think listening is easier than reading, oh boy—think again. The first time I listened to an audiobook, I had to press replay so many times even though I was using the normal narrator speed.
ALSO it helps with pronunciation. That name you skip over when reading, NOW YOU KNOW HOW IT IS PRONOUNCED THROUGH AUDIOBOOKING. I mean, if audiobooks were a thing back when the Harry Potter books were published, it could’ve saved so many of us from pronouncing Hermione as her-mi-one. You hear me?!
Audiobooks get an extra point for inclusivity!
Audiobooking is still a valid reading experience, friends.
This applies especially to people who are unable to physically interpret words or have various forms of disability. For example: the blind community, the dyslexic community, people with visual disabilities, or people with motor skills disabilities and so many more who have trouble holding a book or turning a page wouldn’t normally be able to consume stories through physical books, but isn’t it beautiful that they get to experience the same exact story as us by listening to it instead? Who are you to tell them that they do not share the same passion for reading as someone who reads using physical books?
Stories can be told through a multitude of ways—you can experience the same exact story via reading or watching, and part of watching does involve listening and reading (subtitles). At the end of the day, you’re experiencing the same exact story!
So yes, audiobooking still very much counts as reading, and is quite frankly, a very ingenious creation.
So stop shaming people who use audiobooks!!11!!1!! And stop shaming people who don’t read/ don’t like to read!!!!!!111! Let people do what they want.
It shouldn’t matter how someone is reading, but it should be about the fact that they are reading and essentially reaching the same end goal of consuming a story.
Also, sometimes we forget that reading is a privilege in itself. In Malaysia, we all know books are hella expensive and that sometimes it can count as a luxury.
Some people read quicker, some people listen quicker, some people don’t like to read, some people love reading—you do you man!
*no, this is not a sponsored post. But hey, free audiobooks don’t sound like a bad idea wink wink