Audiobooks have gained legions of devoted fans thanks to their convenience, quality, and overall enjoyability. For many people, they have become the method of choice to enjoy a new or classic release. There’s something about the feeling of a quality narrator that many people prefer to reading something themselves.
For others, books will always be a firm favorite, but audiobooks open up another avenue to enjoy stories or works of nonfiction on the go. After all, as much as we might wish we can read around the clock, life sadly gets in the way!
However, with audiobooks, we have moments in our day where we’re now able to enjoy books when we couldn’t before.
Here are three of our absolute favorite situations to enjoy an audiobook in.
Work On Your Reading List While Commuting
If you take the time to speak to friends and family who class themselves as readers, chances are you’ll find that most people have a long reading list.
In fact, the majority of books that people buy never get finished. There are always new releases to tempt us, and our reading list gets longer and longer.
For most people, a commute to work is an unavoidable part of life. For some people, this can be a couple of hours or more total each day. Whether riding public transport, or driving to work, this is time that is often wasted.
Listening to audiobooks is a way to make commuting much more enjoyable. If you’re the type of person who complains that you’re not getting through your reading list, why not do something about it? Audiobooks while commuting could be the answer.
It’s really easy to let the stress of our commute rub off on us. This can put is in a bad mood when getting to work, or when returning home to our loved ones. By popping in your headphones, and getting lost in a favorite fiction audiobook, you block out the stress of the world.
You can enjoy some quality time to yourself, while making progress on your reading list. What’s not to love about that?
Combine A Workout With An Audiobook
One of the things that stops a lot of people from sticking with exercise is the tedium of it.
Logically, we all know that exercise is good for us, and that the vast benefits outweigh the annoyance of carrying it out.
But it can be so darn boring. This is especially true if you are a devoted reader, who likes to keep their mind engaged with something fascinating.
Why not combine your workout with an audiobook? When you choose a really immersive audiobook, you might well end up spending more time overall exercising. Why? You can get so lost in the experience that time flies by, and you end up exercising longer just so you can enjoy more listening time!
If you’re training seriously, why not listen to a memoir of a sporting hero while working out? The tale of someone you admire can inspire you to push order to try and emulate them. Other people enjoy inspirational nonfiction, such as audiobooks from the self-help genre. These can provide you with an emotional push to get better results from your workout.
Just as most people waste the time they spend commuting, working out is often another missed opportunity for multitasking. Next time you’re on the treadmill, why not see what the world of audiobooks has to offer?
Nowadays, waiting in line isn’t as bad as it used to be.
While it’s still a frustrating part of any day, the prevalence of the cellphone has given us a distraction. We can flick through our phones rather than just waiting for the person in front of us to move.
Often, we end up using this time mindlessly. Rather than doing something with our phones that would actually enrich us, we end up scrolling and liking social media mindlessly.
Audiobooks are an antidote. What could be more beneficial than brushing up on your knowledge while waiting in line? Maybe you want to learn how to craft better characters for your writing hobby, or to listen to the latest and greatest thought leaders from your chosen field, or want to listen to some foreign language practice, it’s possible with audiobooks.
Next time you’re stuck in line waiting, make a smarter choice than opening up a social media app. Pop in your headphones and enrich your mind with an audiobook.
Ultimately, audiobooks have had the effect of broadening the appeal of books.
Whether making books accessible to dyslexic readers, or helping people to learn the sounds and rhythms of a new language, audiobooks have offered another avenue to enjoy the finest books in existence.
For true lovers of books, there is never enough time in the day to enjoy our latest favorite.
Thanks to audiobooks, we can satisfy our love of books no matter where we happen to be.
That’s something to be truly thankful for.