Audiobooks have been around for a while-– I’m new to them, because in my part of the world, Audible isn’t as good as in many Western countries. I listen to a lot of podcasted stories, the New Yorker podcast being my favorite. I’m listening to Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam even as I write this post. It makes for such a soothing rhythm, a beautiful waterfall of words to keep me company.
Listening to Audiobooks is not reading, some of my friends tell me. But that isn’t true, because according to research quoted in the linked article: “...once you are good at decoding letters into sound, which most of us are by the time we’re in 5th or 6th grade, the comprehension is the same whether it’s spoken or written.”
I like Audiobooks and listening to stories and podcasts for five simple reasons:
Audiobooks allow me to multitask: I can listen to a story while I’m cooking, on the commute, or in a flight. Wireless headphones have got me addicted to this.
Audiobooks soothe me: Yes, that’s right. It is nice to listen to stories. Reminds me of my grandma who use to recite me those long folktales decades ago. Her voice calmed me before my afternoon nap and at night, before bed. Apparently, audiobooks have the same effect on canines, as well.
Audiobooks are not heavy: Listening to a fantasy novel is so much better. I don’t need to bend my neck or lug the book around–all very good for my back.
Audiobooks save me time: Often, while learning, I can double the speed of the podcast, and this doesn’t affect my comprehension.
Audiobooks make me learn faster: While learning other languages, the process becomes faster for me if I keep listening to the language and the trascript in English. I remember it better.
If you’re like me, listening to stories and podcats whenever you can, here are a few hacks that might enhance your experience. And if you’d like to delve into a few fiction podcasts, here are a few you might want to check out.
What about you? Do you listen to audiobooks, podcasts and stories? Why or why not? What are your favorite links to access them? At what time of the day do you listen? What are your tips, tricks and hacks? How many audiobooks do you listen to in a month?
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