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The Joys of Audiobooks

By Andronica Owens
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I know it’s not just me who loves to read. From fantasy to non-fiction, if there’s a story to tell I’m hooked. I was known as the person who always had their head stuffed in a book. I have books filling up the book shelf and stacked on my coffee table. There are books on my desk and in my backpack waiting to be read, but I can’t bring myself to do it.

I’ve reached a point in life where I feel guilty about reading for pleasure. I’m sure other people understand what I mean when I say there isn’t enough time in a day to read solely for pleasure. I am unable to read in peace and truly enjoy my story because I know I can be doing something more productive with my time in college. Yes, I have a reading list and yes I have books I can’t wait to open on the weekends, but there’s something stopping me.

Well if you love reading so much, why aren’t you reading? That doesn’t make sense. You’re right. It makes no sense. There’s enough time in a day to read. We spend so much time on our phones or not doing homework that we can make time to do it. I concede to you and your logic. You’re right. I do spend a lot of time on my phone trying to answer emails or set up meetings for group projects. I usually sit with my laptop open in front of me with 30 tabs open trying to finish three different papers, prepare for two presentations and study for three upcoming tests. I’m sure if I were to make a few changes in my routine I would be able to read a few chapters a day.

So what do I do? I want to keep up with the latest books and experience the new literature that’s out in the world, but I’m unable to find the time in a day because of who I am as a person. I’ve got just the answer for you and that is Audiobooks.

You’ve probably seen the advertisements or you’ve seen someone being sponsored by the companies. I’d seen a few myself, but I wasn’t convinced. I didn’t see the appeal of audiobooks, so I never felt inclined to check them out until recently.

I will admit that I’m fairly new to scene, but I have enjoyed my experiences with them so far. Instead of listening to the same albums all the time, I’ve switched over to listening to new books and I find myself enjoying this over music sometimes. When I’m sitting outside a class waiting for it to start or traveling across campus, I have a book being read to me. It feels like you’re transported in another world and you can do it anytime you want.

One con of audiobooks would be the cost. I know the benefits of them. Unlimited access to millions of books from all different genres at your fingertips, but with that kind of power comes a price. Paying for a subscription is to be expected. Books are not free and you pay for everything else. Unfortunately, I’m a college student with an unstable income, so the commitment of subscribing can be intimidating.

However, if you’re willing to spend the money every month I’d say go for it! It’s so easy to get lost in a book and not feel bad about not doing my homework or reading articles before class. I don’t listen all the time because I can’t focus on a book and classwork all the time, but having the option to listen to the newest books and my old favorites has changed the game.

Featured photo by Andronica Owens.

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