It was something that I didn't believe in at first. I had listened to a sample clip once and I didn't like it. I told myself that I would not listen to audio books. I felt that if you are reading a book then you need to be holding it in your hands and turning the pages. I felt the same way about ebooks until I got my first kindle, a Kindle Paper White. I was ecstatic about it because I had done some reading on it and was excited about the possibility of having books on demand. If I saw a book that I liked then I could always click and boom, I'm into the story. I had changed to enjoying both physical and ebooks. I still wasn't convinced about audio books however.
I thought that I came up with the voices and accents for each character quite well on my own. This would help with my reading rhythm. An audio book would change all that; someone else came up with the voices, the accents and even the pronunciations of the names. I didn't want to mess with my flow. Last year when I was pregnant, I lost that flow. Reading became hard for me, which I took very hard . I was devastated that I couldn't find myself wanting to read and when I did, I couldn't focus. After the birth of my baby, I set out to getting back to my reading but you don't have much time with a newborn. Then I bumped into Audible. I thought to myself, ' Hmm, maybe I should give this chance." I did a free trial and found that it was actually helpful to listen to a book. I would listen while I drove to work in the morning, on my way home and even in bed or while feeding my little one. Audio books came through for me at a time I least expected it.
However, my feelings for it hasn't completely changed. I find it harder to review a book that I have listened to. I connect better with words when I can read them. I can see the writer's intent and feel the ebb and flow of their writing style better. Listening will take on a different kind of review as you don't get the same out of an audio book than a physical or even an ebook. I do find myself looking for more books to listen to. So, It's safe to say, I am getting into it. I will try reviewing an audio book soon but for now I'm just enjoying this new 'thing'.
For the service I use, Audible, I like it. You can access it from all over the world unlike some other audio book services and believe me I've tried. You get one credit to a book, any book per month and others are at a discounted rate. At first, I thought why do I need to pay for other books if I'm paying for the service. Well, I'm sure authors and the voicing talent need to get paid for their hard work. Also, I didn't have to go through the hassle of setting up an account with tedious questions because I already had an Amazon account. I thought that was very thoughtful. I give Audible and Amazon a double thumbs up for this one.
P.S. Audio books are really great for moms who like to read.