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5 Reasons why People hate Audiobooks

Here at Lovely Audiobooks, we love audiobooks. Obviously! But I know that many people out there hate audiobooks. And fair’s fair, I know you all have good reasons for this!

Here are the 5 most common reasons book lovers have given me for hating audiobooks. And what I reply…

“I can’t focus on Audiobooks!”

I hear this a lot. But as an avid listener, I strongly believe that there are audiobooks for everyone – if this is something you want.

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Audiobooks have many benefits. So sooner or later, many avid readers will give them a try. Just to find that they keep losing focus or that they can’t keep listening to the narrator.

Maybe some genres don’t work for you in audio, maybe you can only focus on certain narration types. But if you think audiobooks might be a good addition to your reading – if only for your commute-, audiobooks are worth it to explore your options! Here’s a guide on how to find your perfect audiobooks. You’d be surprised at the differences and how much easier it can get to follow the story if the narration works for you!

“Listening to Audiobooks is cheating and not real reading!”

Considering the long “audiobooks aren’t reading”-debate, I feel confident in stating: A lot of readers are elitists. No judgment though, you’re my people!

When people read for prestige, they pick different books than when they read for entertainment. Just think how often genres like Romance, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi have been scoffed at. The same goes for audiobooks.

It makes me a bit sad to think that some readers pick their books based on peer pressure or status. Reading can be so emotional and fulfilling. Pure magic! Don’t let anyone ruin that for you.

Maybe audiobook space operas would turn out to be the greatest thing ever for you if only you gave them a chance! You deserve to have a good time with books, so try to put aside any prejudices and give them an honest try.

And while I would very much like for you to read on about the history of audiobooks, research is clear on audiobooks being an entirely valid form of reading. What happens in your brain while you listen to a story or report is actually the exact same thing as when you read with your eyes. The only difference is the first step of your brain decoding what your eyes see. But this is something that doesn’t take any effort for practiced readers! The actual magic happens in exactly the same pathways whether you enjoy an audiobook, an ebook, or a first edition hardcover.

Related article: 5 Things you didn’t know about Audiobooks!

“Audiobooks are too expensive.”

Or are they?! It’s true, audiobooks are pretty much the most expensive book format. And it makes sense considering how many hours an audiobook narrator and their production team invest on top of all the work the author put into the book.

Fortunately, with audiobooks becoming more and more popular, there are a lot of ways to get audiobooks cheaper or even for free. Just take a look at Scribd, Kindle Unlimited, or Audible Plus. These are all unlimited audiobook subscriptions and for a flat monthly fee, you can try out as many genres, narrators, and authors as you like to find the type of audiobook that works best for you. Not to mention the great options for legal free audiobooks!

Girl with headphones, trying to fall asleep

“Audiobooks make me fall asleep.”

I’ll be honest here, I have no good reply to this one. For me, it’s a huge benefit of audiobooks how they make me fall asleep. They’re such a fantastic sleeping aid and don’t even have any side effects!

I set a bookmark and sleep timer before I close my eyes. And the next day, I can quickly find my spot again by going back to the bookmark and skipping forward a few times.

However, while this might be an audiobook benefit for me, it might not be for you. That’s valid. So, if this is a negative aspect of audiobooks for you, consider trying Amazon’s Whispersync**. You can seamlessly switch between the ebook and its audiobook. So you can read the ebook in the evening, and continue listening to the story on your commute in the morning. And Whispersynced audiobooks are often very cheap to add to your ebook purchase.

“I can’t save quotes from audiobooks!”

That’s the one thing I don’t like about audiobooks either! I find it really difficult to remember to write down good lines. And it’s a bit annoying to skip back several times to catch it correctly.

That being said, Audible is working on a read-along function. This will mainly benefit students who can practice reading while listening to the audiobook. This is a technique that is proven to help dyslexic children and others who struggle with learning to read.

Until then, there’s always the aforementioned Whispersync as well as the Goodreads collections of good quotes 😉

Whether or not you actually hate audiobooks, they’re a book format that deserves a chance. If you’ve struggled with them but would still like to get into audiobooks, I hope my pointers will help you enjoy their benefits in the future!


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13 thoughts on “5 Reasons why People hate Audiobooks”

  1. That’s some good replies !
    I haven’t tried them yet – but i’m mainly afraid i’d zone out or something xd But we’ll see, I plan to *eventually* try it someday!

    I was honestly a bit psyched when I saw how pricey it was for an audiobook… darn .. Luckily for me though, my library do offer some audiobook via Overdrive. So that’s where i’m gonna try out first ahaha! I Don’t wanna spend an audible subscribe to end up not liking it or something … better try it first.

    1. If you’re worried about losing focus, I definitely recommend you start with the audiobook to a book you want to reread. If you zone out, you don’t get lost so easily. And for some people, it can take a little while to get used to the different medium.

  2. It all falls down to preferences. 🙂 I’ve had this conversation with friends last week (about the consumption of audiobooks and how they find it hard to read with just listening) and I absolutely agree with what you said about how there are audiobooks for everyone. It’s just a matter of finding the right one that isn’t going to distract or make them fall asleep. 🙂

    I’m used to reading audiobooks because I’m an avid podcast-listener, so it’s not really hard for me to concentrate. Great post, Eline!

    1. Thank you 🙂 And thanks for stopping by!
      I keep reading that podcasts are considered the gateway-drug into audiobooks, haha. I think it’s pretty easy for people to get into audio if they’ve listened to stories on CD or tape as a child. Otherwise, it can take a little longer to train yourself to focus on a disembodied voice.

  3. I don’t hate audio books but I haven’t got hooked onto them, yet. I find my attention wandering. But I could get used to them I think. It would be great for long road journeys when I cannot read because I get nauseated.

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