Audiobooks – I love them.
I was about to use my latest Audible credit when it occurred to me that maybe I should be more selective in my choice.
I pick my audiobooks more or less the same way I pick any books – I see a good cover, or a blurb that intrigues me, or I get a recommendation (more often than not from a fellow #bookblogger).
I don’t even usually pay attention to the narrator – unless it’s Wil Wheaton. After listening to him narrate Ready Player One he is my favourite audible narrator. Who doesn’t love Wil?
But, I don’t really think about what novel would suit an audiobook format for my reading habits.
Let me explain…
I recently listened to the audiobook (from Audible) of Nine perfect strangers by Liane Moriarty and I didn’t love it.
I liked it.
I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I had expected too.
In general, I am a huge fan of Liane Moriarty and although I haven’t read all her books yet (NEED MORE READING TIME) I have read several and I have never been disappointed.
So, it got me wondering if the format of the book matters to me (we are all different)…
I am in NO WAY debating the merit of audiobooks – I love them. Love them. And I count them as reading. I count them towards my Goodreads challenge, and I review them pretty much as I would a kindle, paperback or hardback novel. Books are books.
I wonder if I would have enjoyed Nine perfect strangers more if I had read it rather than listened to it?
When I was initially thinking about this blog post, I realised that my favourite audiobooks tend to be slightly lighter reads, I favour funny Rom-Coms or thrillers – but the less complicated type.
My listening habits – I listen while doing other things. A lot of the time it’s rather simple tasks such as cleaning or cooking, but I very rarely just sit down and drink my coffee and listen to a chapter or two, like I would with a print or kindle book. I probably don’t focus on the story to the same extent.
Nine perfect strangers was 19+ hours of many different and complex character stories and interactions. There was over 10 main-ish characters and a lot going on, it was detailed.
If you are interested you can find my review HERE.
So to finally get to the point….
Was my enjoyment of Nine perfect strangers somewhat impacted upon because I was distracted? Would I have enjoyed it more if I had read a print copy? Was it just too complex a story that didn’t suit my multitasking audiobook ways?
I’m not sure I can answer my own question, it was just a thought. But, I will try re-reading Nine perfect strangers at some point.
I will never stop listening to audiobooks, I love them too much. But, I might start thinking about my choices a little more…
I am only discussing nine perfect strangers in this blog post because I recently listened to it – I am sure if I looked through my audio reading history it wouldn’t be the only novel I would question.
I was thinking of getting Mark Lawrence’s Red Sister on audio, but I now think I might wait and get it on kindle instead…