Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down is feature on my blog to promote discussion and the sharing of opinions because I’m curious what other readers/bloggers think about the topics relevant to the book/blogging world Every other week I will give a topic to be discussed. You can give your vote on whether or not it is a thumbs up or a thumbs down for you and then explain why. The topics will cover anything related to reading, blogging, the book industry, etc. etc. Basically whatever is on my mind! This feature is NOT intended to be a place to bash anybody or start a nasty fight or controversy. It is a platform for a mature discussion and sharing of opinions. It is also NOT a feature in order to TELL you how you should blog or act or think. Just a discussion of ideas.
Last week’s TUTD about e-readers made me think about another non-book form of reading — audiobooks. I know a lot of people who LOVE audiobooks because it seems to supplement their reading when they are driving, cleaning, working out, etc. But with everyone that I’ve seen that loves them, there are just as many people who can’t do them or feel cheated out of the reading experience since they aren’t actually reading the words but hearing them. I’ve heard many times that it always depends on the type of the book and the narrator as well as to how the audiobook experience is.
What about you? Do you use audiobooks? When do use them and have you found you are able to finish more books this way? Do you find any drawbacks to audiobooks? Do you have a hard time paying attention or letting your mind wander? What kind of books are best to listen to? Do you have any recommendations for good audiobooks? If you aren’t a fan of audiobooks…have you tried them and had a hard time? Have you never tried them? What holds you back from doing so?
Vote now and leave a comment telling me what you think!
I’ve only done an audiobook once. I really enjoyed it. I was bored with my 45 minute commute and I found a random audiobook in my house…I think it was my mom’s. It was I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb. At first I had a hard time getting into listening to a book rather than reading it but soon enough I was completely engaged and found myself not wanting to get out of the car when I arrived home or to work. I actually even was bawling my eyes out at one point on the highway at the end of this one. I had a good experience with it..but that was 2 years ago or so. I WANT to do another audiobook because I know it would be a good way to spend my commute but it’s hard for me to find ones that don’t lose me…because my mind is prone to wander for sure. I wouldn’t want to use audiobooks that often because I really love the actually process of reading..BUT I think audiobooks can be so supplemental and are perfect for people like me who like to multi-task. And hey..it could help me be able to have more to blog about.
So any suggestions of engaging audiobooks for me?