I’m very late to this revelation and I have no idea why I waited so long. I constantly see ads for popular audio book companies on YouTube, and I know how many people enjoy reading them, but for some reason I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it.
I think this is because I have always preferred reading physical books to eBooks, I assumed audio books would be similar. But, I have loved listening to my first couple of audio books because I’m able to actually do things while I read. I’m so late to this game, but I for some reason never considered that I could jog while consuming a book, it’s been a revelation…
My only “issue” I’ve encountered is I don’t know if I should say that I “read” or “listened” to a book. I don’t think there is an appreciable difference in how I’ve come to know the plot of a book between these two methods, I just don’t know which term is more common when speaking about audio books.
So far, I’ve only been listening to classic books, which is to say free books in the public domain. which has been wonderful. I’m sure there are a number of websites to find audio books that are in the public domain but the one I have been using is LibriVox, and I have no complaints. So, I plan to gleefully look at all the books in their catalogue and will be adding many books to my “to be listened to” list.
Within the last two months or so I’ve listened to: Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Age of Innocence, The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein, and now Villette. It has been so much fun, and entirely free. If you’re like me and you have never attempted to listen to an audio book, I’d really recommend giving one a try at least once!
Also, if anyone wants to recommend their favourite books in the public domain that I should listen to next I’d really appreciate it! Also if anyone has used Audible or any other site for audio books I’d also love to hear if they’re worth it eventually!