This past weekend, I took a long road trip, and to combat boredom, I brought several audiobooks to listen to. It was my first time with audiobooks, so I was a little apprehensive about the experience, but to my surprise, I ended up really enjoying them.
At first, it was a bit hard to adjust to the fact that I wasn't, well, reading and was instead listening to a voice read, but soon it felt completely natural. It was actually rather relaxing to be able to just lean back, close your eyes, and listen. (Unless you're driving. In that case, I highly recommend keeping your eyes open.)
There were some things that bothered me about audiobooks, though. Mainly, it really bugged me when the narrator gave voices to the characters that just didn't sound right to me, and I often find myself re-imagining certain characters saying things in the voice I had for them in my head.
It was also unfortunate when sometimes I found myself zoning out for a few minutes and coming back to see I had no idea what was going on. When reading, if I space out, I can easily just reread whatever paragraphs I missed, but it's not so simple with an audiobook.
Overall, I did have a positive experience with audiobooks and would strongly recommend them for if you're doing household chores or on a long drive or whatnot, but if given the choice, I would prefer regular books.
What do you think? Have you ever listened to an audiobook? How was your experience?