Listen Up! Let’s Talk About… How do you listen?

Posted October 8, 2018 by Jen in Listen Up! Tags: ,

Today I want to chat about the hows of listening to an audiobook.

Back when I first tried listening to an audiobook – I couldn’t do it. I was easily distracted and found I would miss sections of the story. It took time for me to learn how to listen and enjoy an audiobook, and each of us has her own way of listening. I thought today we could share tips and let others know what works for us.

How I started:

I think it was Felicia who recommended that I start with a favorite book or series. Based on her encouragement, I selected the Kate Daniels series for a few reasons. First, at that point in time there were at least a half dozen Kate books already released, so I knew I would have several books to “learn on.” Second, this is my all-time favorite series, so I knew the books inside and out – or so I thought. And third, I was told by others the narrator (Renee Raudman) does an amazing job with the books, so it should be an enjoyable listen.

Well, it worked! Because I loved the Kate books so much, and Renee Raudman does such a fantastic job, I found myself actively listening, rather than tuning out the narrator. What surprised me most was the amount of detail I picked up from listening – things I either had forgotten or just never noticed in the first place. It’s easy for me to skip and skim sections of a book when I’m super into it and reading quickly. I just don’t do that with audiobooks (unless intentional), so I got more of the story than when I read.

If you have had troubles learning to actively listen to audiobooks in the past, I HIGHLY recommend trying it out with a favorite series and a strong narrator.

Where and when I listen:

This is going to vary from person-to-person because our brains all work in different ways. I started listening on my work commute and when I walk. These are still the primary times I listen. I do have to shut off audiobooks if I’m in a lot of traffic or not sure where I’m going, but generally, I listen in the car (as long as I’m alone), whether the ride is 5 minutes or 2 hours. And I’ve learned to add other times, as well. Sometimes I can listen at work, if I’m doing tedious spreadsheets. Sometimes I listen while cooking dinner or unpacking groceries. Sometimes I listen when sitting at home, and I just need to know how the book ends.

Now that I’ve been an audiobook listener for over four years, I find many times that I prefer a well-narrated audiobook to reading on my Kindle, and I am able to listen almost anywhere and anytime.

So what about you? How did you start listening to audiobooks? Where and when do you listen? Any tips you’d like to share with us?

Thanks for stopping by!


P.S. There are several of us audiophiles out there, and we like to talk about audiobooks. So I’m going to try and feature more “Let’s Talk About” posts in the next few months. I’d love your feedback or suggestions on topics; please email me at twimom227 (at) gmail (dot) com or leave a comment below with your suggestion!