Audio-book Thoughts

While out with friends we were discussing Audiobooks as I had been recently been using Podcasts as a way to chill before bed.  The problem being that for some reason I hadn’t been able to sleep properly, but to be honest that isn’t a huge deal as this isn’t uncommon for me to go through stages of not being able to get my full 8 hours even if I do need them.

However what I was finding this time around by listening to Podcasts, I was able to put a sleep timer on the player and it was a good way for me to chill out and what I was actually doing was setting an alarm so that I knew it would be time to stop what I was doing and get ready for bed and get listening to a podcast.  I do like crime relative podcasts and although they were working and I was able to learn while listening and it was allowing me also get myself into a routine and helping my sleep patterns.

So while discussing this with friends, and the topics that the podcasts while interesting they were starting to get heavy and it wasn’t quite what I wanted.  So while we were discussing this we talked about Audible and titles that my friend had listened to and although Sci-Fi related I wasn’t sure The Dresden Files.  I am not a huge fan of Wizards and stuff like that but this book was also a crime based book so I thought why not and signed up for my free audible book and got listening.

A set of Headphones plugged into a plain blue book
Book with Headphones

This was one of the best moves I have made, listening to fiction at night really was helping.  It was having the same effect of podcasts but not being as heavy as real crime and it took me about a week to complete the first book in the series.  This led me to cancel my subscription and reactive it and by doing that I ended up getting another credit to get the second book.  I also got through that within about a week and a half.  Having had a busy few weeks of late has had my routines not quite being there so things have slowed up thankfully because dealing with only having a book a month is not enough at the moment with books that are only 11 hours long.  That does seem strange when you put this in writing because 11 hours does seem quite a long time when you think about it.

In conclusion, I am really glad to have taken the time to give Audiobooks ago and although people will say its not really reading or it’s not the same as reading the book.  I would say there is an obvious difference but at the same time, it’s still the same story. As such I do plan on trying to write book reviews where possible.  I may need to re-listen to the book before writing them however because it’s been ages since I’ve written a book review and as such I want to read some guides to do them justice.

Have you tried Audiobooks however you found them?  Let me know and if you have any recommendations feel free to let me know in the comments below.

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