Audiobooks: Pros, Cons, and Where to Start [BONUS INCLUDED]

It’s strange that so few people listen to audiobooks. It seems to me that people just do not know what a thrill it is!

You can also go through my previous post: Audiobook vs Paper Book: Which way of Reading Helps to Assimilate Information Better?

Pros

Good audiobooks create brighter images and stronger emotions in my head than good movies. Perhaps this is because the images in the head are more reliable than the images on the screen. In movies, actors play roles, and I can rarely completely abstract from their performance. And here is just a good story and an interesting storyteller.

Eyes don’t get tired of paper or screen. And so I stare at the luminous points all day. An hour without screens is a luxury.

Can be combined with other activities that do not require a brain. Walks, trips, household chores, cooking.

Audiobooks are soothing. I stopped getting annoyed with people on the subway and on the roads when I became heavily addicted to audiobooks.

I used to read books on my phone before going to bed. But the glowing screen doesn’t help the brain relax. The proximity of Facebook also did not contribute to falling asleep. And I put the phone with the audiobook to charge and broadcast to the other end of the room. When I fall asleep, the audiobook soon pauses by itself using iTired. It’s comfortable.

Cons

Requires the ability to maintain attention for a long time. It’s easy for me and a thrill, but for someone else, it can be torture. 

Information is absorbed worse. This is critical for complex professional literature.

Movies and TV shows can be watched together; this usually does not work with audiobooks. In this they are more like books.

There are books for 6, 8 and even 12 hours or more. You can’t listen to this at once, and they don’t hit on comfortable episodes for 40 minutes.

Bad reading kills all the fun. A few audiobooks are performed poorly.

Where to Start?

Audiobooks.com

Get 3 free audiobooks when you sign up for the 30-Day Free Trial. You get to keep the free premium audiobooks you chose, even upon cancellation. 

Audible

Get 1 free premium audiobook of your choice + access to the Audible Plus catalog  when you sign up for the Audible Plus 30 Day Free Trial. You get to keep any audiobook purchased through your free credit even upon cancellation. 

Tip#1: Amazon Prime members can get an additional free audiobook, so sign up for the 30-day Amazon Prime Trial first (use the Amazon Prime Free Trial link), then use this link to sign up for the Audible Free Trial.

Tip#2: You can also return the free audiobook(s) within the free trial period, no questions asked, and then get another free audiobook.

Amazon Prime

Don’t Have Amazon Prime yet? Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial.
Special benefits for Amazon Prime members including:
* Get 1 additional free audiobook when you sign up for the 30-Day Free Audible Trial.
* Tired of Netflix? Put your account on pause and try Amazon Prime for a month free and you will have access to instantly watch thousands of movies and TV episodes.
* Borrow Kindle books
* Get unlimited FREE two-day shipping (no minimum order size)

I will list down the links again below in the order they should be done to get the maximum benefit with minimum time involved doing it. They are all designed to open in another window so that you can keep this page open to save you more time. At most, signing up to everything should be no more than 10 minutes of your time. 

  1. Audiobooks.com 30-day Free Trial
  2. Amazon Prime 30-day Free Trial
  3. Audible 30-day Free Trial

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