A Beginner’s Guide to Audiobooks #4: Listening Experiences

I’m getting a little more personal in this part of my audiobook series, since it will be all about my personal experiences with listening to audiobooks! I’ve listened to quite a few over the past year or so and I’ve definitely struggled with some of my choices. There’s other times that I could literally shriek with joy over how much I loved an audiobook. Basically, I’ve had a whole bunch if different experiences and I want to share them with you. 

My First Audiobooks

 I never really had interest in audiobooks because they are so terribly expensive. I then heard of Storytel from radio and TV commercials, but it took a while for me to actually get a trial subscription. When I did, I listened to The Heir and The Crown by Kiera Cass. I found the Selection books really easy to read and felt like they would be perfect as my first audiobooks, because of their “easiness”. I fell in love straight away! It took some getting used to, but I loved listening to them and could follow along perfectly. A successful trial!

During that same trial, I also listened to Incarnate by Jodi Meadows. (My third audiobook). And I was seriously let down. I didn’t really think about previews or anything, I just touched ‘Start’ on my phone and went along with it. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the narrator at all, and it changed my entire view on audiobooks. I do think I would’ve loved the book if I’d just read it, but because I didn’t like the narrator, it changed everything! I pushed through and eventually really loved the story, but the narrator? I never got used to her voice. Unfortunate, but it happens!

Bad Experiences

Incarnate was my first “bad” experience, but I didn’t stop listening to audiobooks! At some point, I started listening to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Boy, I looooooved it! Or, at least I loved the narrator, Jim Dale. It sounded wonderful and magical. (Listen to a bit here on YouTube!) Unfortunately, I didn’t understand a thing from the story. Some books just don’t make good audiobooks, and this is one of them. Or, no, that’s not a 100% true. I later read The Night Circus and I was still confused. Eventually I understood most of it and all the pieces fell into place, but that took a long time. I can image that if I were to listen to it now, while understanding it, would be an entirely different story (literally!). I never finished listening to the book and I was actually really sad about it, as it had been on my TBR for a while.

The Good Experiences

In this context, “good” is very underrated. They’re more like fantastic experiences. In my last post, I told you about A Series of Unfortunate Events. Not only did I discover the Netflix series is spot on when it comes to the book, it also had multiple narrators and sound effects! It was my first time listening to a book like that and I remember staring wide-eyed at my ceiling in the dark because I was so excited (and couldn’t sleep anymore, ha!)

Another really good experience I had with an audiobook was when I listened to Wink, Poppy, Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke. This book is told from the perspectives of three different people and they all had their own narrators. It was incredible. The characters and narrators were just so perfectly matched that the book is still so memorable to me! Of course, the actual plot played a huge part in that, but the narrators are a little more important in this case.

One final book I want to mention is To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. It’s really not my kind of book so I didn’t really know why I decided to listen to it, but I found myself laughing out loud and making weird noises because I was having so much fun! I really loved the book and the narrator was perfect!

Overal I’ve mostly had good experiences with audiobooks. (I probably wouldn’t be making this series if I hadn’t!) In my next post I’ll be recommending some of my favourites, so stay tuned for that!

What your best and/or worst audiobook experience? 

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