When I first discovered audiobooks, I wasn’t about it at all. I had the stereotypical first response of “No, I’d rather hold a book in my hand.” However, as my life got busier, I noticed that I did not have an adequate amount of time to devote to reading books and this did not sit well with me.
I’ve heard nothing but great things about Audible from several Youtubers I watch, so I thought I would do more research into the product. Right now, Audible is running a special that allows individuals to sign up for a free 30 day trial and receive two free audiobooks. Because I wasn’t sure if I would like audiobooks or not, this was the best option for me, especially because audiobooks are so expensive.
For my free audiobooks, I chose The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee and The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout–both books were highly recommended by Sasha Alsberg, my favorite Booktuber.
I decided to listen to The Thousandth Floor first. I found it strange to just solely listen to the audiobook and do nothing else, so I typically used the app whenever I was driving, in the shower, getting ready, etc. In my opinion, that’s one of the advantages to audiobooks is listening to them while doing other things that need to get done throughout the day.
I also listen to audiobooks right before I go to bed, which is a great alternative to falling asleep with the TV on. I’ve also found listening to my Audible app helps my insomnia and anxiety. Instead of falling asleep to my thoughts, I fall asleep to an interesting story.
Having a book to listen to also ensures that I read at least one book a month, which for some reason makes me feel less crappy because I don’t always have time to read as much as I’d like.
It took me a few weeks to finish my first audiobook, only because I found my favorite times to listen to it were while driving and if I was having trouble falling asleep. I probably wouldn’t purchase a book I really wanted to read–like Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven–only because I wouldn’t finish it as quickly as I would reading the physical copy of a book.
I found that purchasing audiobooks by authors I’m unfamiliar with/books I’m unsure if I’ll like is what’s best for me because sometimes, I’ll purchase a physical copy of a book that I end up not liking/never finishing and it just sits on my shelf until my family’s next yard sale.
I’m sure there are other audiobook apps that you could find–Audible is just my preference. If you sign up for the free 30 day trial, you get two free audiobooks of your choice! I’m still in my free trial period, but I think I am going to continue my Audible membership even after the trial expires because of how much I’ve enjoyed the app. The price per month is pretty inexpensive, only costing you about $14.95, which is cheaper than most hardback books. I usually buy at least one book per month, so paying $14.95 a month to get one audiobook (in addition to the 30% off audible store discount you get as a member) is something I’m more than happy to do.
Have any of you tried audiobooks before? What did you think?
If you’re still unsure about whether or not audiobooks would be something you’d enjoy, click the link below to start your free 30 day trial and receive two audiobooks completely free!
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