The topic for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday post is our Top 5 Favorite Audiobooks. I didn’t want to miss a T5W post, but this is not a very good topic for me because I tend to hate all audiobooks. I have found very few that I actually enjoy listening to. So today, instead of a top 5 list, I thought I would discuss my feelings on audiobooks with all of you.
Here’s my main issue with audiobooks – I can’t focus on them no matter what I do! I try so hard to pay attention, but my mind wanders and then I miss huge chunks of the story and find myself totally confused. I have tried so many times and, without fail, I always miss parts of the story. For this reason, I have found that it’s best for me to use audiobooks when I want to reread a favorite book. Then I am at least familiar with the story already, so I won’t get lost if I zone out a bit while I am listening.
Another problem that I have with audiobooks is that I am so incredibly picky when it comes to narrators. No offense to all the hard-working audiobook narrators out there, but there are very few voices that I can stand listening to for an extended period of time. I have tried a bunch of audiobooks and stopped listening within the first chapter because I couldn’t stand the voices.
Basically I have really only found a few audiobooks that I really enjoy – and those are the Harry Potter audiobooks, narrated by the fantastic Jim Dale. I know, I know, I talk about Harry Potter in every one of my T5W posts. But it’s true – they are really the only audiobooks that I enjoy.
I love the idea of audiobooks. I wish I could multitask and read books while I was driving or cleaning my apartment. But I just can’t do it. Audiobooks just don’t work for me. So I will stick to my print books and continue to be jealous of all of you audiobook listeners. It is a fate I have come to accept. My real books will just have to do – I think I can live with that.
Do you have any advice that will help me overcome my problems with audiobooks? What are some of your favorite audiobooks? Maybe I will give them a try…
When you just can’t read audiobooks…..
…..blame it on the books.