There has recently been a lot of discussion around audiobooks and whether they count as ‘proper’ reading or not so this is me throwing my hat into the ring.

Audiobooks are reading. You experience the characters, the story, are exposed to the language and absorbed in the world.

Do I use audiobooks personally – no, not often. Not because I don’t think they’re reading but because they don’t work well for me. My mind wanders off and I suddenly realise I’ve missed the last ten minutes of the story.

Both my husband and my eldest child however love audiobooks. It’s how they read, my husband because he enjoys it more and my eldest as he finds reading difficult, but he loves stories.

Audiobooks are his way in to those magical worlds that authors create. He doesn’t need to rely on someone having time to sit and read to him, he can search the online library catalogue for a book he wants and have it on his iPod for any time he wants to read (listen).

We don’t judge parents for reading to children who are too young to read for themselves, in fact we positively encourage it, so why are we judging adults and older children who prefer to read with their ears rather than their eyes?

However you choose to read your books I hope you enjoy them.

8 thoughts on “Audiobooks

  1. Love this. I have always cringed at the “audiobooks aren’t reading” accusations, but I totally get that they won’t work for everyone. Thanks for throwing in your two cents on this topic!

  2. My life is so busy now that I just don’t have much time to sit down and read. At work we’re allowed to listen to things so I spend most of my work days with my headphones in devouring an audiobook. It baffles me how people will say it’s not reading. You’re just experiencing the story in a different way.

  3. Wish I could use them more but my brain seems to shut out audio when I’m concentrating on something.

    My boy was saying they weren’t proper reading and was getting worried about it so I told him he was ‘reading with his ears’ it seemed to help him understand he was reading.

  4. Oh no! That’s the last thing kids need to hear – it’s difficult enough in this busy world of tech overload to get kids to read . ☹️ I’m glad he feels better after your conversation!

  5. I love audiobooks! They make the daily commute and boring household chores a lot more fun 😊 I also love listening right before I go to sleep but sometimes I fall asleep during so that’s not always a good idea 😄

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