What the Feck?! (WTF?!) is where we discuss bookish topics that had us thinking WTF?! while reading a book, talking to others in the book community or book news. Stop by on Mondays for new topics.
How has audiobook listening changed your lifestyle?
As June is for audiobooks, WTF will address topics related to that subject for the rest of the month.
Years ago, I only listened to audiobooks for long distance road trips when I traveled solo. It was quite often as my husband and I lived in different cities, five hours driving time apart. For about two years I was on the road once a month and audiobooks were my salvation.
That was before the introduction of iPods, iPads and MP3 players. Most of the books were on cassette tapes and, later, CDs. It was pretty inconvenient to listen anywhere else but my car.
Technology not only changed the many ways of accessing audiobooks but it opened up the listening opportunities. When my state created a digital library, audiobook downloads to my iPad opened things up a bit as I could listen to books anywhere.
Many of you who know me have probably heard me rave since Christmas about the fab wireless headphones my husband gifted to me. My annoyance with some household chores was because of my inability to hear my audiobooks over the noise. Now I can wear my headphones while vacuuming and hear my books clearly.
How’s my lifestyle transformed? I now ENJOY cooking, which I rarely did before. My husband used to do most of the cooking and we’ve switched roles. I also love cleaning the kitchen every morning while preparing my coffee and breakfast. And, I’m no longer disturbing my husband while he’s watching TV. (I suspect that’s why he really got me those headphones.
I also look forward to other household chores. They bored me in the past but now I seem to finish things in record time. Road trips are still enjoyable because my audiobooks transport me away from the tedium of the drive. The difference is I no longer have to worry about cumbersome tapes or discs AND I never have to worry about finishing the books before the trip is over. Thanks to the iPad, I always have many others downloaded and queued.
Just as eReaders took away my loathing for waiting in lines, audiobooks have made me eager to tackle household chores. No one is happier about my attitude change around cooking than my hubbie. Who knew?
Have audiobooks created any changes in your lifestyle?
What are you doing differently AND enjoying now?
I also love to talk about books. There’s nothing more exciting than to finish a great story and cover it A to Z with other people, exploring different perspectives and points of view. So, if you see something on my shelf you’d like to talk about, send me a message and we’ll talk!
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