I’ve always been a slow reader and I’m always astounded by those fast, fast readers, who manage to finish 150+ books a year. I typically finish 70 books a year, but you know with that ever-growing TBR. When will I ever be able to read all the books?
Recently, I discovered the cure for slow readers: audiobooks. I’ve dabbled with audiobooks a few times in high school (wow, I can say that now!), but I’ve never been consistent about listening to them. However, last month in May, I really got into them; like, this is no phase. I have a feeling I’m going to be listening to audiobooks for the rest of my reading career because I’ve been finishing twice the amount of books in a regular month.
So, how does one audiobook? The first thing I’m going to tell you is: don’t sign up for Audible. I considered it when I wanted to go try audiobooks for the first time, but thanks to my mother, she recommended I go try the library first. Every reader should know that the library is your best friend. I listened to Audio CDs, but those things are huge and not convenient to take to places other than listening at home.
And then I discovered my library had an online library – both for ebooks and audiobooks. If you have a smartphone, you can download the free app Overdrive and find & sign in to your library and TA DAA. You have audiobooks and ebooks at your service, for FREE.
I’m lucky to have a library that is stocked with audiobooks, all with the recent and even upcoming releases. However, not all libraries will be stocked; some will be a little barren. That’s when you consider signing up for Audible. I couldn’t be happier about simply using my online library for audiobooks instead of Audible because I’m listening to books completely for free.
The cool thing about the Overdrive app versus listening to Audio CDs is that you can speed up the audiobook narrator’s voice; I take advantage of that. I listen to the book at 2x the normal speed because the normal speed is… so… slow… and… I… start… dozing… off. So, at 2x, it’s still understandable and even better, you can get through the book faster while not being bored to death. By having the audiobook go 2x, you are engaged and listening to the story because the narrator is speaking faster.
People have asked: Where and when does one listen to audiobooks? Honestly, whenever I get the chance. Since it’s summer and I don’t have anywhere I need to be at 8am every morning (yay for no school!), I like to just wake up, lay in bed, and just listen to my audiobook for 30 minutes to an hour. It allows me to wake up in a soothing way without having to sit up and move my (still) tired eyeballs. I also listen when I’m eating alone, doing chores, browsing the internet/reading blogs (with little text), getting ready in the morning, commuting, or exercising (it motivates you to keep exercising, especially if it’s a good book!). And then finishing off the day once you’ve brushed your teeth, showered, and changed into your PJs and just laying in bed listening to someone read a story to you is pretty nice. Basically, I listen to audiobooks whenever I’m not reading a print book.
Speaking of print books, I now read two books at a time: one audiobook, one print book. I can’t ditch print books because I have reviews books I need to read, but dual reading forces me to finish more books each month. It’s a nice break too, if you need to rest your eyes after reading that print book for 2 hours, you can keep reading by plugging in your headphones to listen to a different story.
So that’s my secret! I’m no longer a “slow reader”. I’ve been finishing more than one book a day, and let me tell you, I FEEL VICTORIOUS. So slow readers, give audiobooks a try; go tackle that TBR pile.