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.