My entire life I’ve been a pretty avid reader and loved finding new and interesting books to read. As I got older and had a family I realized at one point that it had been quite a while since I had read a book. It wasn’t a conscious decision I just suddenly had a lot of other things occupying my time.
Sure, I knew about audiobooks and had friends and associates tell me about how convenient they were. Something about popping a CD into your car’s stereo and listening to 1984 didn’t really sound all that appealing to me. In fact, much of the pleasure of reading a book, for me, are the aesthetics of it. That book smell, the feeling and sound of the pages as you turn them and bury yourself deeper and deeper into the story.
Without the whole tactile experience to go along with it I always thought audiobooks would just be cold and sterile…boring if you will. Man, was I wrong. I started listening to audiobooks and never looked back. Having the books read to you opens up an entirely new way to imagine them. You’ll even find yourself getting to know the different narrators and likely find a few favorites. Currently my favorite narrator is Grover Gardner. His ability to bring a story to life is amazing.
Audible is the industry leader when it comes to audiobooks. They were recently bought out by Amazon although the Audible brand is staying. The logo was recently updated to include the fact that it’s now “an Amazon company”.
I listen to Audible almost exclusively on my phone using the Android app, even if I’m at home it’s my preferred method. Although they did recently start developing something called WhisperSync that keeps your spot in the book and picks up where you left off even if you start listening on another device.
Yesterday the Audible Android app got a complete overhaul with a beautiful new design and even added the ability to shop for books right inside the app. Previously you had to go on their website to shop for new books.
I really like the new look and feel of the app. It’s much easier to navigate and to search through your library to find certain books. If you’re on the fence about whether or not it’s worth it you should definitely give it a chance. I’ve included a gallery of screenshots below of what the app looks like and some of the new features.
What’s your opinion on audiobooks? Do you love them or hate them? I have to admit that I pretty much exclusively ingest every new book that I “read” through audiobooks. There is a small part of me that feels like a traitor. Like I’m abandoning some age old tradition somehow. But then, there’s the other part that thinks, it’s the 21st century and I just listened to five new books in the past week while accomplishing everything else that needed to be done. And that’s what keeps me hooked on audiobooks.