I think it’s fair to assume that audio books have been around since we discovered how to record voices, but with companies like Audible and Strathmore Publishing in the mix, audio books seem to be on the rise.
I hadn’t listened to an audio book since I was reading picture books, so when my Mum suggested that I give them a go again, I was neither convinced nor impressed. But, I tried them and what a revelation! I used them initially to get my reading list for my Virginia Woolf module read, and I don’t think I have ever finished a reading list so quickly (or at all). Some of the books were on the longer side (some up to 16 hours) as Virginia Woolf sure does go on a bit, but between listening in the car and having it on while I washed up or tidied my room, it wasn’t too hard to find time to listen.
I was initially worried about the amount of hours it would take to listen to all the books, but when I broke it down it actually worked out okay. I found listening to 30 minutes- 1 hour a day was the best way for me, but you may find a better routine. Ultimately, what it came down to (and what I kept telling myself) was that if I could make it through that many hours of Netflix like a champ, then I can listen to a couple of books. I guess I used my powers for good on this occasion.
The best part about it is being able to listen when you’re doing other things, it allows you to double down on being productive so that you aren’t just thinking about all the other things you have to do, and allows you to spend time that otherwise won’t help you pass your degree. In the end this was the first time I’d ever finished a reading list (sorry Professors).
In terms of cost, I thought it would be a lot more than it was. I have Audible which is £7.99 a month, getting you one credit for each month which you can then exchange for the book of your choice. You can also buy books separately and I found that most of the reading list type books had some cheaper options. What I like most about it is that when things get tight (as they always do for students) and you want to cancel your subscription you still get to keep all the audio books that you have so far, as if you had bought a hard copy.
I realise how much this could sound like a #ad situation, but unfortunately I’m not being paid by these companies, I’m just amazed at how much easier it was to listen to the books (especially the denser volumes). So if you’re looking for a way to achieve the reading list completion pipe dream, maybe audio books could just be the way to do it!