Spurred by the increased popularity of podcasts and ubiquity of portable devices, consumption of audiobooks are on the rise. Have you tried audiobooks yet? Some people take to listening to audiobooks easily, but if listening to a book instead of reading it still sounds strange to you, there are ways to help you dip your toe in the audiobook waters.
Audiobooks Offer Variety
If you enjoy reading fiction more than nonfiction, but feel the need to balance your reading diet, try listening to nonfiction audiobooks instead. If you’re used to Podcasts or TED Talks, you’ll feel right at home here. You can squeeze this “serious” book in during your morning drive, afternoon jog, or evening chores around the house. Then, when it’s time to settle in, you can open up and read your “just for fun” fiction book and relax. Try a biography (many narrated by the authors themselves), a historical event you’d like to know more about, or figure out how to make some positive change in your life.
When it comes to fiction audiobooks, the narrator can really make or break the experience. Many audiobooks are narrated by celebrities or other professional voice actors, but sometimes the voice can just be “off.” If you find the story captivating but the voice less so, that’s OK. Just stop listening, and add the book to your To Read list instead. Try another book to listen to. The key is to keep trying new listening experiences, even if you didn’t have a great one before.
Full Cast Audiobooks
Dramatized, or Full Cast Audiobooks have multiple narrators; sometimes a different narrator for each character. They can be a fun and rich experience and can seem more like an old-fashioned radio program than a book. The following Full Cast Audiobooks are almost universally adored and show up on multiple favorite lists:
This is the first of a trilogy. Made into a movie that wasn’t successful enough to spawn a sequel, it was decided that the book is, in fact, better!
Discovering these types of recordings isn’t hard with a little exploration. NoveList’s advanced search function gives an option for Dramatized audiobooks. Then, sort your list by date to find the newest recordings! If you’re a Libby/Overdrive user, just search for “Full Cast.” It’s as simple as that!