Why Audio Books Make Work Better by Little Read Riding Hood

Posted June 18, 2014 by Jennifer in Blogger Guest Post, JIAM | | 17 Comments


Why Audio Books Have Made Me Hate My Job Less

You don’t need to know what I do in the “real world” to sympathize with me here – most days I hate my job and I’d rather be reading. Come on now, having to interact with PEOPLE in real life on a daily basis for most of us has to be one of the circles of hell. Probably right between the lava monsters and the never ending lines that go nowhere.

But there is one thing that probably makes my job a bit different from yours, and that is my commute. See, I am a District Manager so I have to travel to several different locations in a given week. The furthest I drive, one way, is about 2 hours. The closest, again one way, is about 30 minutes. So the minimum amount of time I spend in the car is an hour a day.

It didn’t take me long to discover that is a minimum of an extra hour a day I can be reading – via audio books! It has allowed me to play catch up on all those series that, as a blogger who adores Urban Fantasy, I SHOULD have already read. For example I am nearly caught up with the Gin Blanco books by Jennifer Estep and the Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill (both excellent on audio). As well as the Black Dagger Brotherhood books by JR Ward (only OK on audio IMO). It also frees me up to try books I probably wouldn’t sit down and read, such as The Program by Suzanne Young (which is amazing) and many other YA books, which seem to always be great but kept getting pushed back on my TBR list for some reason or another, like Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (OMG IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE THIS ON AUDIO STOP READING THIS POST AND GET IT NOW), Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Seriously, why are you still reading my words when you can be listening to this?), and Cinder by Marissa Meyer (I think I have given up on you at this point if you are still reading this …).

The point is, audio books actually make me look forward to getting in my car in the mornings. They have made the drive to deal with whatever drama is heading my way that day a little more bearable. And they have made me hate my job just a little bit less.


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My name is Laura and I am an avid reader of all things paranormal. You name it, I’ve read something in that genre. I love discovering previously unheard of authors and have become friends with several of my favorites! That, and meeting other bloggy friends, is my favorite thing about blogging.

I live in Central Florida with my husband, 2 dogs, and a cat. I work with dogs, so you could say my two favorite things are, well, books and dogs! Fortunately my other half supports both of these hobbies. :-)

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I coexist with my husband of 15 years, our 11-year-old son and two chilled cats in the Deep South.

After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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17 responses to “Why Audio Books Make Work Better by Little Read Riding Hood

  1. I don’t have a commute because I currently am a grad student who does her work from home, but I plan to have a job by the end of the summer and I have to say that’s one of the things I’m looking forward to about losing this stay at home life – a commute where I can listen to audiobooks! Now it would be even more fantastic if I got a job where I could sit all day and listen to audiobooks… LOL! A girl can dream right?

  2. I love hearing stories like this! Audios are AWESOME! They have made my life so much easier and less stressful 🙂 I agree with Jenese, great list of audios!

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    I started listening to audiobooks this summer more because it’s the only way I can really read some of my favorite series and get caught up on them. My oldest daughter is out of school and well…I’m not getting much reading in. LOL She won’t let me. I can read when my toddler is napping, but she’s not used to her older sister being home during the day, so there’s lots of fighting and screaming happening. Thank goodness for audiobooks that get me away from the craziness and make cleaning up after my kids and hubs better.

  4. As a SAHM with a preschooler sitting down to read can be almost impossible during daylight hours so while I don’t have a commute I totally get the message here. 🙂 I’m learning to like (and by like I mean tolerate) menial household chores like folding laundry and pulling weeds because I can easily switch to the audible app on my phone or ipad and not lose my place. It’s letting me ‘read’ stuff I haven’t had time for too.

  5. I wish I had tried audiobooks back when I was commuting to work. An hour 1 way on the bus to go 7 miles, (that’s Kissimmee for you, we left Central FL 2 years ago and don’t miss it at all…. except the parks of course) more than that on the way back. I love audiobooks now, a recent discovery. I tried Shatter Me on audio but I couldn’t do it. In the first few chapters where one started out with “I’m not crazy” 50 million times. UGH!!! I hate repetitive stuff. Then she made some weird noise for all the cross outs. Not my thing on audio.

  6. Commute (by train) is where I can spend a long amount of time a day reading without being (too much) disturbed : at least 2h30 a day. I never can read that long at home lol !

  7. That is how I started too, listening on commute. I don’t drive as much as you do, but when I started, I had a 45 to hour drive each way. Now, I’ve found that I can listen while at work, depending on the task I’m doing at the time. Audiobooks make all of our lives better, IMO. 🙂