Bookish Item| My First Experience with Audiobooks

Audiobooks are everywhere these days. When I’m on Facebook, Instagram and even other blogs, I see so many people listening to audiobooks. I know Isabelle is a big fan of them and has been able to read so much more since she started listening to audiobooks.

I’ve always thought they weren’t for me, but I was really curious. So today I have a post about My First Experience with Audiobooks.

Here in The Netherlands, we have Storytel. It’s a monthly subscription that gives you unlimited access to all of the e-books and audiobooks it has. I think you can best compare it to Audible or Scribd. There is a free two week trial, so I thought that would be the perfect opportunity!

When I go to work, I read in the train. After the train I still have a 20 minute bus ride and about a ten minute walk. Most of the time, I don’t pick up my e-reader while on the bus. I figure audiobooks would be the perfect solution from some extra reading time. At least 3 hours a week, so a couple books extra per month.

Isabelle recently listened to Daisy Jones and the Six and enjoyed the audiobook (she even made a playlist for this one recently). It apparently has a full cast and I’ve been wanting to read this once since I heard about it. I was a big fan of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo last year, so I needed to see what the author did with her newest book.

Daisy Jones & the Six is a book told by interviews and articles. I started listening to this one and I have to say it was interesting with all the different voices. After a half an hour though, I made the decision this wasn’t the right one to start with. I was a bit confused with all the voices and the way the story is told made it just a bit hard to follow.

I think once I listen to a few audiobooks and get used to them, I will come back to Daisy Jones & the Six. Before finding this one, I saw quite a few new releases and books I still want/need to read. This included The Field Party series by Abbi Glines. I saw that the fifth book (releasing this month), was going to be up on the release date, so I looked for the third one.

I can’t believe the fifth book is being released already. I loved the first two books Until Friday Night and Under the Lights. So After the Game officially became my first audio book! I started reading this last Sunday during my shower and continued on my bus ride/walk to work this week. What is my verdict about audio books?

I have been listening to After the Game during my bus ride to and from work. When I’m typing this I am over halfway through the book. I’m enjoying this experience a lot more than I thought I would. For me it will really be the narrator that decides if I will listen or not. It’s definitely something to keep me busy during the last part of my commute and add a few extra books to my wrap up each month.

I’m really shocked that I ended up enjoying this experience. We’ll have to see where the future takes me with that and I will update again after listening to a few more. Do you listen to audio books? What have been some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments!


4 thoughts on “Bookish Item| My First Experience with Audiobooks

  1. Yes! I love audiobooks! I’m a podcast hoe so I’m really used to listening to someone narrate a story for me (I’ve been a fan of Welcome to Night Vale for years!) and it certainly has helped me get used to listening audiobooks as well. Just like how ebooks aren’t for everyone, it’s understandable that audiobooks aren’t for everyone also, since there’s the issue of getting distracted easily or the need for a the sensation of reading with the eyes. 🙂 But I’m glad that you had a swell experience! I have Radio Silence as one of the audiobook TBRs. I suggest giving Sadie a try!

  2. I’ve gotten really into audiobooks in recent months! I love how I can listen to them on my commute or when I’m cooking/cleaning/doing laundry and get so much reading done. Glad you enjoyed this one! 🙂

  3. I’m just starting to listen to audibooks. So far I’ve found that nonfiction is easier for me to listen too. I’ve also been trying to find books that aren’t terribly long.

  4. Yay! I’m glad you were able to find one you liked. Narrators play a HUGE role in if I like the audiobook. Ready Player One read by Wil WHeaton is a good one! Happy Listening 😀
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