Making a Case for Audiobooks
If you enjoy podcasts you will probably enjoy audiobooks? – it depends on the kind of podcast you listen to.
Does listening to an audiobook count as reading? – if information consumption or entertainment was your goal then the answer is yes.
Do you get the same retention value with listening vs reading? – when you were learning to read, in the traditional sense, you had to develop reading comprehension skills.
Is there a learning curve to consuming audiobooks? – start with a book you have already read
Fiction vs non-fiction
- Fiction is more like a theater for you mind
- Non-fiction feels more like a podcast experience
Example: Malcolm Gladwell Talking to Strangers – when he referenced a news story or interview in his book he actually played the news or interview clip in the audiobook.
The benefits of audiobooks:
- Reading when you can’t read
- Two stage entertainment value – author/narrator
- Gain perspectives you might miss otherwise – narrator emphases
- You will take on subject matters you otherwise would not
- If you sign up for an audiobook service it will force you to consume
- You can listen with someone else
- The wondering mind – increase listening speed
- You don’t get the retention value – were you actually going to read it?
- You need equipment to access the audio – low cost to entry
- Some books just don’t work for audio
Audio File magazine is a great resource
- Print subscription 6 issues $19.95 1 year, $26.95 2 year
- Digital subscription 6 issues $14.95 or $2.95/issue
Reddit is a great resource
- Sub-Reddit: Audiobooks
- Sub-Reddit: Audible
Where to get audiobooks:
- The library with Overdrive or Libby
- Audibile.ca $14.95 CAD
- Kobo.com $12.99 CAD
- The Great Courses $19.99 CAD 50% off a quarterly subscription