Audiobooks: A Life-Changing Discovery

I’ve never been much for audiobooks. I'll listen to one on a road trip occasionally but, in general, I’ve always passed them up. It’s too hard to listen actively, or I don’t have enough time to devote to them and would hate to make my way through a book in five-minute intervals. Audiobooks weren’t for me.

Until now.

A couple weekends ago, I was headed to my parents’ house, about four hours away, so I started up my 30-day Audible trial and downloaded The Nest to keep me company. Mostly because Kimmy Schmidt said I should.

Then, about an hour before I was set to hit the road, my flip-flopping boyfriend decided he’d go with me after all. And while his company’s fine, it meant no Squabbling Sibling novel for me.

But I’d gotten pretty excited about it, so one morning on the way to work, I plugged my phone into my car radio and pressed play.

And I was hooked. Suddenly, I was catching a chapter or two every time I got in the car, ditching the Spotify playlist in favor of the audiobook on my run, listening while I folded laundry… any time my ears were free but my hands or eyes were busy, I was tuned in. And I loved it.

I’ve been struggling with finding time to read while also being an adult and, finally, through the magic of this audio book, I was able to feel more involved in a novel than I have in a while.

I can’t wait to try it again. Next up, another vacation read — Emma Straub’s Modern Lovers.

If you’re an audiobook fan, what are you listening to? If you’re resistant, what’s holding you back?