I know some people love snuggling up to read a good book. They live for that kind of pleasure. Books are worlds in themselves and you can really become entranced if it’s written well. My mom was a voracious reader. She would spend all day reading thick novels or whatever she could find on a bookshelf. But, I’m a little different. Even though I loved reading as a child, I prefer listening to audiobooks instead.
Tired and unfocused eyes
I don’t know about you, but if I want to enjoy a good book I have to wear my reading glasses. I’m also on the verge of getting cataract surgery so my eyes are kind of fuzzy. Listening to an audiobook works better for me.
An audiobook encourages you to move
As older people, we often spend time sitting at a desk, watching TV, playing board games, or just hanging out on our rumps. It’s said that sitting is the new smoking. There are also those hours sitting in traffic or traveling on an airplane. (Hopefully, we’ll be able to do that again soon!)
Audio smartphone apps are plentiful
I’ve been listening to books on my smartphone using the Audible app which is part of Amazon. It has over 470,000 titles available and easily integrates with Kindle if you pay a small fee for an upgrade. You can even use Amazon’s Whispersync feature to switch between text and audio if you want. A subscription for Audible Premium Plus is $14.95 per month but you can start with a free 30-day trial and get 1 book credit to try out or 2 credits if you are a Prime member.
An Audible subscription includes podcasts, audiobooks, guided wellness, and Audible Originals. Audible Premium Plus members have access to the Audible Plus catalog and will also receive one credit a month which can be used for any piece of content outside the Plus catalog, regardless of price or length. Audible Plus programming can be streamed instantly or downloaded for offline listening
As a blogger, I get emails from publishers to review new books. They usually want to send me a hard copy, which is nice, but I don’t always have time to read them and they start to stack up. Because I live in a small space, I have to be careful not to trip over them. I’ve been requesting audiobooks instead so I can listen as I move around, drive, or do mundane tasks.
Listen to a Kaboomer!
One audiobook I listened to for review is called Kaboomer: Thriving and Striving Into Your Nineties, written and read by David Emerson Frost.
Frost is a Baby Boomer and a master fitness trainer. He goes in-depth on what it takes to age well not only fitness-wise but also in changing your lifestyle to live better and age slower. His book includes strength training, improving balance to prevent falling or accidents, eating healthy food, reducing aches and pains, sleeping better, and mental health.
I found it to be very much in congruence with my philosophy of smart eating and keeping your body moving. He’s been more successful than I have in staying fit overall. I can stand to lose a few – or more – pounds, but all his advice is reasonable, safe, and makes plenty of sense.
He does this with a sense of humor, bordering on corny but you will glean excellent tips from his content.
If you go to his website, wellpastforty.com, he notes that Robert Frost and Ralph Waldo Emerson are relatives but he isn’t personally related to either. Still, his parents gave him a combination of their names. If you listen to his book on audio, you can download the resources that go along with the hard copy book on his website here.
Listen to professionals read your favorite books
As a voice over actor myself, who does not record audiobooks because my voice sounds like an 8-year old, I am pleased with all the work this has generated for voice over actors, especially during these trying times. That and the fact that they usually sound better than most authors who have never trained as actors.
When you sit and read a book you can take your time, mark pages, highlight phrases you like, and let what you’re reading sink in. It’s easy to get distracted when you’re listening to a book being read. However, the fact that you can keep moving while you listen has its advantages for your health.
Caution: If you have an older car and are driving do not put earbuds in both ears because you need to hear what’s happening on the road. Most new cars can connect to audio so that doesn’t happen.
So, how about you? Would you rather sit and read a book or listen to it on audio? Please leave a comment below.