So I’ve started going to the gym almost regularly and I’m slowly beginning to feel the effects — more energy and a better mood most importantly. Unfortunately, the time I’m spending working out has cut into the time I spend reading, and I do miss that. Audiobooks seem to be the ideal solution, and I’ve resurrected my membership at audible; but I’ve had a love-hate relationship with audiobooks in the past. I’ve hesitated to listen to an audio version of a book of which I already own the print (or electronic version). Why? Don’t know, but as a result most of the audiobooks I’ve selected have been secondary choices and thus have not held my interest, especially when I listen in the car on the way to/from work (20-30 minutes each way) — I lose track of what is going on.
I’ve had better luck with listening to non-fiction over fiction, and one of my favorite books of last year, Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe, was an audiobook. For me, anyways, I find a non-fiction narrative easier to follow.
That said, the first audiobook I selected for my gym listening is I’ve Got Your Number: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella. I’ve enjoyed reading Kinsella’s novels in the past, and her stories seem to be well-suited to an audio format. Chrisbookarama also gave the audiobook a very favorable review so I think it will be entertaining to listen to while I’m putting in my time on the elliptical machine.
But I need more recommendations and advice:
- What audiobooks do you think I should try?
- Do you listen to an audio and read the print version of a book simultaneously?
- Are there specific reasons you select an audiobook over the print version?
- Do you think audiobooks “count” as reading? (I think they do, but I’ve had people tell me otherwise)
Thanks in advance for your help!