The Pros and Cons of Audiobooks

Audiobooks are becoming really popular these days.  From young adults to baby boomers, “reading” audiobooks is becoming a hot trend in all generations.  As for me, I enjoy all forms of reading equally.  I love flipping through the pages of paperback books (and the smell of it too!), I read e-books from my tablet and also have a number of audiobooks stored on my phone.

In this article, I will list down the Pros and Cons of using Audiobooks and let YOU be the judge of whether the pros outweigh the cons.

PROS

  1. Reading a paperback book or an e-book requires you to sit, hold the book/tablet and focus on the “actual” reading. Most of the time, you get caught up with reading that you are no longer able to do your other tasks.  You can’t read a book and clean your dishes at the same time, right? But with audiobooks, you can do so much more while you are listening to your favorite book. You can cook, do your chores, drive… and the list goes on and on.  Talk about multi-tasking!
  1. It’s very convenient and handy too. You can download it on your mp3 player, your phone, your tablet, your laptop or just any gadget that can play mp3.  So you don’t have to worry anymore about the bulk and the weight of paperback books when you carry it with you.
  1. This is perfect for those of you who have vision problems or other health issues that may hinder you from reading an actual book. This way, despite of your condition, you can still keep your mind active and still be entertained.

CONS

  1. As much as I enjoy how I can multitask when I listen to an audiobook, sometimes I also get distracted. I don’t know if it’s just me but often times, my mind starts to wander in the middle of the narration then I lose focus and miss a part – which means that I have to go back and listen to it again.
  1. Since it’s technology based, you need a certain device/gadget that is compatible with the audiobook format in order to listen to one. It can be expensive if you don’t already have one. And of course, it’s irritating to run out of battery in the middle of an exciting part.
  1. The narrator’s speed is a bit slow so if you are a fast reader, it will take longer to finish an audiobook than if you read its paperback or e-book version.

About Toni Marie

Toni is Senior Editor for BabyBoomerTalkBlog, as well as a contributing author. In addition to writing about the Baby Boomer generation, she also likes to write about relationships and health. She is also the primary caregiver for her mother.

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