Carolyn from Book Chick City tells us why she loves audiobooks

Posted June 24, 2015 by Jennifer in Blogger Guest Post, JIAM | | 8 Comments


Why I Love Audiobooks

A few years ago I didn’t understand why people enjoyed audiobooks. A friend of mine recommended them to me and I was all about the “nah, not for me”. After a while she wore me down and I agreed to try them. I listened while I was doing the housework, driving in the car, and in bed, but to no avail. I just couldn’t get on with them. I either became distracted or fell asleep, either way it ended up with me missing chunks of the story and having to rewind.

However, last summer I had a lot going on personally and fell into one of the biggest reading slumps I ever had, which felt like the ultimate betrayal, as reading has always been the one thing I turn to when in need of comfort, or when I need to leave real life behind, even for a few chapters. I’ve been in reading slumps before, but this one is the worst ever. The biggest of the big. HUGE. And it’s lasted for months. I’m still in it, but I’m hoping it’s coming to an end as I have managed to pick up a few physical books over the last few months.

Anyway, last August I was getting very distressed that I just couldn’t motivate myself to read. I’d tried everything but nothing worked. So I decided to give audiobooks another try. This time they worked like a charm and I’m SO pleased I tried again. Not being able to read books is stressful, and to see the rows of gorgeous books on my shelves was absolute torture. But then audiobooks came flying in like my own personal superhero and saved the day.

Audiobooks helped me so much. Since then I’ve listened to 34 audiobooks. Not as many as the physical books I would have read if I hadn’t been in a slump, but it’s still pretty good, with nearly four audiobooks per month.

I have come to LOVE listening to audiobooks. It’s my most favourite thing to do when I’m in bed before I go to sleep. They’ve helped me through a difficult time in my life, when picking up a physical book wasn’t an option. They help make my insomnia more bearable – listening to a book is so much better than staring at the ceiling, in the dark, at 2am. They’ve also opened up a few genres that I wouldn’t normally read in physical form, such as crime/thriller and chicklit. It’s also kinda fun having someone read to you.


My favourite audiobooks to date are:

Currently I’m listening to Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King, and I’m pleased to say that the narrator is amazing and so is the story – I’m hooked!

So, they are the reasons I love audiobooks – why do you?


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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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8 responses to “Carolyn from Book Chick City tells us why she loves audiobooks

  1. I have recently rediscovered my love for audiobooks too. I have listened to them often, but lately I seem to picking up more audiobooks from the library then print copies. 🙂

    I tend to fall asleep if I listen to them in bed, so I usually listen while driving or cutting my lawns. 🙂

    • I find if I listen to books while I’m doing chores my mind wanders. I may invest in some comfy earphones so it blocks out everything, maybe that would help as I’d love to listen to a book while doing boring homework lol 🙂