This is most discussed topic and I have commented so many times on fellow bloggers’ posts that if I gather all my comments I might have my own post. (but I’m not doing that of course, I’m not crazy). It’s not that haven’t tried audiobooks. I have listened The Jane Austen Society last year and only tried because I was also given e-book as well. I liked listening it but here are many reasons why I don’t listen audiobooks –
1. I’m used to words in front of eyes. It makes me focus on book, I can remember things easily. It makes me visualise scene or story more clearly. That didn’t happen with audiobook.
2. I love the feel of book. It’s also a reason why I prefer physical books.
3. I felt it took more time listening audiobook than e-book or physical copy. If you don’t know I have 2 years old daughter. She sure would make me pause and replay in middle of sentence countless times until I finish the book.
4. I get easily distracted with audiobook and then I have to go back listen again which makes it tiring and longer time to finish the book.
5. I can’t possibly figure out where I left. I do remember, replaying whole chapter because of this reason.
6. Difficulty in taking notes. It’s irritating to pause and play every time I want to note down something.
7. I can’t bookmark page, highlight sentences, or check meaning of the word. How do you exactly bookmark in audiobooks in hr/min/sec?! That would be jumble of numbers in my notes. I love to highlight quotes. I even highlight things I don’t want want to write note, small things like family, characteristics of family member, setting, places mentioned in book. I don’t think that is possible with audiobook. And let me be honest, English is not my first language, I can’t spell all words or names I’m not aware of or places correctly. I wouldn’t even know the meaning of some new words. It would be pain to google them specifically if I don’t know the right spelling.
8. What if I want to search something in book? I didn’t take note of something but I do remember a particular word in book, something I want to include in review, if it’s e-book it’s easy to search, if it’s paperback I’m sure I would know where that might have appeared, it might be difficult but I will find it eventually but I think that is impossible in audiobook.
9. Accent – I recently read somewhere reader didn’t like accent, and had difficulty in understanding what was being said and ultimately the story. Well, Britishers taught us Indians English but we have our own dialect and it is said what we speak is Indian English. I’m not sure if I can exactly understand American English! Different accent that has difficulty in understanding is serious issue for non-English person.
10. They are costly! Now that is most important point. My pocket isn’t exactly overflowing with money, is it? If I have that much money I would acquire all special edition books than spend it on audiobooks. I’m thrifty person by blood and nature. I wait for a year or more to get huge discount on books.
Would I try Audiobooks in future?
I don’t think so! Maybe if I have e-book or physical book along with audiobook. Or only if someone is going to create an app that has highlight, bookmark and search option for audiobook. Even better subtitles like movie!
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