Time to address the elephant in the room: Which is better, books or audiobooks?
Folks love to weigh in, claiming that one of these options is far superior than the other. It’s extremely reminiscent of the age-old cats vs. dogs debate. My official stance on the matter is: Frankly, my dears, I don’t give a damn.
Despite the hook of this post, this site is not meant to start a books versus audiobooks argument amongst anyone. I’m not pushing audiobooks on book lovers and I would never claim that audiobooks are better than books, only that they are better for me.
That’s why I have become an exclusive audiobook listener. Audiobooks are much more conducive to my lifestyle than physical books. Do I wish I had time to curl up in a nook somewhere with a blanket, a mug of something hot, and an actual book? Heck yes, I do. That sounds downright picturesque! What it doesn’t sound like, though, is my life.
I was an avid book reader growing up, but as my life got busier, I had less time for books. It got to the point in college when I was lucky to finish 3-4 in a year. Reading was something I viewed as a nostalgic pastime; a hobby I had in my youth, before life happened. And then, in 2014, I heard my first audiobook and I suddenly felt like a reader again.
Audiobooks reopened a world I thought had been closed off from me for good. Now, I’m listening to an average of 9 audiobooks each month, without ever sacrificing a moment of my time.
And honestly, now that I know how much great narrators and an incredible listening experience can add to a story, I don’t think I could ever go back to page reading. Now that I’ve been spoiled by so many narrators who can expertly do voices and accents, my own voice in my head while reading would never be good enough anymore. The truth is I’ve fallen head over heels in love with audiobooks and there’s no going back.
But I feel I must reiterate, books and audiobooks are like two sides of the same coin. Better yet, as author Mike Wells so aptly put it, choosing between books and audiobooks is like choosing between having your ice cream in a cup or on a cone (don’t ask me which is supposed to be which). It’s the same product, served two different ways. Some like the cup, some like the cone, and some like to switch it up. Either way, ice cream is fantastic, no?
My point here is find what works for you. ♣︎