Within the last days, I listened to various audiobooks while actually having a printed copy in my hands and reading along (most of the time at least). Generally for me it’s very difficult to actually focus on an audiobook solely while doing anything else where I can’t 100% focus on what’s being told (at least in English, it may actually be different when listening to a German book). It’s okay when I’m commuting or like today while cleaning, but I often catch myself drifting off and then I wonder “Wait! What? Where did this person suddenly came from?” It’s okay when I’m at home but feel already too tired to read myself, but not too tired to listen to an audiobook and read along during that.
Now I came to think about whether audiobooks should/can be seen as cheating because you are actually not reading it yourself but have it read to you? I often listen to audiobooks 1.25x or 1.5x faster (especially since some audiobooks are really slow) so that I proceed much faster with a book than I would when reading it myself (I’m a suuuuuper slow ready). On Goodreads, I do mark the book as an audiobook, but it usually always wanders into my “read”- shelf, and it will count towards my Reading Challenge. Of course, a Reading Challenge is all just fun and a number and still:
Can audiobooks be counted as “read” when you didn’t actually read it yourself but have it read to you and you actually just sit and listen?
Personally, once in a while I really like to listen to an audiobook, but generally I prefer to read books myself. Like I mentioned before, this week I listened to 4 Audiobooks, mainly because I have been sick in bed and was just way too tired to do anything than lying around and practically not doing anything at all. And today, I listened to a large part of Evil Librarian (Michelle Knudsen) while cleaning. Surely I could have listened to music, too but I really wanted to have some books gone from my TBR-pile that probably can round the earth several times by now. So you can say that I listened to these audiobooks to complete my October TBR-pile.
Is that cheating?
I feel very mixed about that. On one hand I think audiobooks are a fabulous thing since they open up a whole new world and often they are greatly produced and give a whole different feeling than reading a book by yourself. On the other hand, it’s not like actually reading a book yourself and often one just listens to it on a quicker pace maybe because it’s just generally too slow or to proceed faster. After all, all you do is sitting there and listening not doing anything.
What are your opinions on audiobooks? Do you like them? Do you listen to them often or are you not a fan of them at all? If so, why?
But generally I’d say that Audiobooks are great, let it alone be for blind people. They help us to relax and still be able to get some “reading” done even in busiest times and I think that an audiobook is alway a great addition for long books like A Song of Ice and Fire (George R.R. Martin)– Series or The Passage (Justin Cronin). The only thing I find sad is that with some books you can only find the abridged version and then half the book is missing (like with the German Version of The Passage by Justin