For many, to include myself, listening to audiobooks is a learned pleasure. Figuring out how to listen attentively and appreciate the nuances of the narration can take a newbie some time. Listening to a book you’ve previously read is a great way to break into audiobooks. This is especially true if you loved the book originally, and it is narrated by a top-tier performer.
I started my love affair with audiobooks in this manner. Our lovely blog hostess here at The Book Nympho, Jennifer, along with a few other “diehard” listeners, helped me find a solid series/narrator combination to help “ease” me into listening to books. I completed a “re-read” of the Kate Daniel series by Ilona Andrews, which is narrated by Renee Raudman. This is one of my favorite series, and it had been about four years since I started the first book. I figured it was time to reacquaint myself with the series in preparation of reading the then, upcoming seventh title.
At first I found myself trying to remember what happened in the books, which I also do when reading a series. Next, I realized there were things going on in the books that I couldn’t ever remember reading originally. After a few hours of listening, and certainly by the end of the first book, I’d learned how to “relax and listen.”
It took about three books for me to fully learn how to listen to and enjoy an audiobook. I was able to just listen and figure out how to pay attention without being distracted. I also realized if I missed a couple words now and then, I wasn’t missing out on the bigger picture and whole story. Once I hit my stride, I couldn’t get enough of the books in the audio format. Starting with a “re-read” was helpful because if I missed a scene or two, I generally knew what was happening. This allowed me to figure out how to better listen and determine which were key moments not to miss. Eventually, I was able to take these learned experiences into new-to-me books with great success.
Now I find that I cannot be without an audiobook at the ready. The best thing about audiobooks is the ability to catch up on multi-book series that have been on my “must read” list for years. I am so glad I took the time and effort to learn how to listen to audiobooks. I hope you enjoy them, too!
Jen Twimom has a weekly audiobook feature called Listen Up! every Thursday. You should check it out and follow her on social media and her awesome blog.