Aaand because my work week is done, I’d like to share a topic I’ve been wanting to share before.
Audio book. Just hearing that word makes me bored. I don’t know why that is my case but I haven’t had a chance to really enjoy audio books like my fellow readers. I’ve tried almost everything:
I’ve listened to an audio book which I already know the story. First audio book I attempted to listen to was Alice in Wonderland. Alice in Wonderland! Who doesn’t know that story? Alice in Wonderland is a story that I grew up loving. It is an easy and entertaining story and I thought it would be a good starter to someone who haven’t tried any audio books yet, but guess what? I can’t even get pass the 4th chapter. I zoned out and got sleepy and that was it.
I’ve opted for the dramatic reading rather than the usual one voice narrative. My second attempt was Madam Bovary (yeah I know, classic). I’ve mostly download audio books from LivriBox and also from other websites that offer it for free (I know I am cheap that way). I prefer to download audio books that are dramatized since I felt it had more depth or “action”/emphasis on the story itself. I also thought it wouldn’t be boring to hear a single voice throughout the whole story but same ending, I got bored and wasn’t able to finish it. Sucked big time too.
Listened to an audio book without any noise to distract me. Third and last attempt was to listen to Alice in Wonderland again in a room without any distraction. I was not working, laptop was off, had good headphones with noise cancellation and tight muffs – not a single sound to distract me. So I was happily listening to the audio book and I found my efforts helpful and I am happy to tell you guys I got pass chapter 6 – then woke up 8 hours after realizing I fell asleep listening to it. And that was the last attempt I did.
I don’t know if this is also the case with some of you but I think audio books are not really for me and that makes me sad because I would want to listen to an audio book if I am in a car or a train ride or when travelling since I get dizzy reading printed copies.
I have a four theories as to why I get bored and sleepy with audio books:
Theory 1 – Is it because I read printed copies faster than the narrator?
Theory 2 – Is it because they read like they’re bored? Don’t get me wrong, I salute volunteers for these projects but their voice are just so monotone but countering that, why do I still get bored with dramatic readings then? (sorry thinking aloud there)
Theory 3 – Is it the genre? I do believe that there are stories that are very enjoyable in printed copies and horrible in audio book formats and the other way around but do the genre really matter when you listen to audio books the same with genre preference when reading actual copies ’cause I think some readers would pick up an audio book for difficult or hard to read stories to understand them better. I wonder. Lets say I hate romance stories but I wanted to try an audio book, let’s name this book One Broken Heart*, if I didn’t enjoy One Broken Heart in a printed copy does it automatically mean that I wouldn’t enjoy it’s audio book version? Would I still hate it in the end since it romance? I don’t know if I am making sense – Or,
Theory 4 – Is it the reader? I believe every one has different preferences. There are really some that prefer printed copies, some enjoy eBooks more and then there are some who adores audio books. Am I part of the minority that won’t really enjoy audio books no matter what?
I wonder how audio books are with paid readers/actors? Is it any different? I really do want to enjoy audio books which is why I really am eager to try it out again so dear friends help a fellow reader here. What are your suggestions to a reader such as I?
* I just found out there’s an actual One Heart book – I am sorry but that wasn’t intentional. Title was solely to explain my point but let’s change it to not offend anybody. 🙂