Sunday, January 12, 2020

Late to the party: Audiobooks edition

Weird fact:  I don't really listen to music.  I'd rather hear a murder mystery or talk show on the radio.  But I do take music to the gym, because otherwise I'd have to listen to people's conversations or the loud clatter of weights.  I find weight lifting pretty boring, so music helps a little; however I often find myself thinking something like, ok, 5 more songs and then I'll be done.  

All this changed when my book club chose a book that I couldn't find in the digital library except as an audiobook.  I didn't want to buy it because it didn't really appeal to me, so I reluctantly chose the audiobook.  From the free library app, I could open it on my phone.

I hadn't ever listened to audiobooks.  If I'm going to read, I'd rather have a book or Kindle in my hands rather than a voice talking in the background.  I wanted to control the pace at which I read.  I was sure I wouldn't like it.

I opened the audiobook.  Twenty hours to finish, it said.  Getting through this book would be a part time job.  Then I had a brilliant thought.  I could listen to it at the gym! Of course, I wasn't going to go to the gym for 20 hours before book club, but I could put a dent in it.

I discovered that I liked listening to a book while I exercised.  Unlike songs, I didn't know where the narrative was going.  The plot distracted me from the monotony of the gym.  Time seemed to go faster.

The book was interminable, and honestly, I might not have finished it if I had had to slog through the paper version.  I left it on while I cleaned the house and listened to it when I went for walks.  There was something to this audiobook thing, I decided.  When I was done with it, I downloaded another.

I'm not really an early adopter.  I once was heard to say, "I'll never get a cell phone," and this was after the year 2000.  But I'm happy to say that I was wrong and audiobooks are really kind of okay, especially at the gym.

 

8 comments:

  1. Well I've yet to try audiobooks, so you're one ahead of me! I do, however listen to podcasts.

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    1. And I have yet to listen to podcasts, although I think there are some I would like.

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    1. I don't want to call out the book...but it was a very long book written in the 40s. I did just listen to one I really liked. It's called To Shake the Sleeping Self by Jedidiah Jenkins.

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  3. I have listened to books at the gym but I enjoy music more. I think i focus better actually reading the book.

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    1. I thought so too but I found I listen pretty intently so I don't miss anything!

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  4. I love audiobooks and podcasts (true crime ones are my favorite podcasts), especially while running. But I find if I have a lot on my mind while I run that I have to turn off the audio and put on music because I tend to not listen because my thoughts are too loud . . . With that said, I find books (especially books I've already read or listened to) the best thing to put me to sleep if I have too much on my mind. It gives me something to think about other than whatever is stressing me out in my head.

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    1. I like true crime too! I don't listen to anything while running, I'm old school that way. But while lifting it's great!

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