One of my goals this year was to try audiobooks. They’d never particularly appealed to me; I had podcasts and music for the times my hands were busy and books for the times my hands weren’t busy. However, I ended up with some eyestrain while judging the Aurealis Awards last year. I found the experience very frustrating. Podcasts helped, but I got tired of listening to so many back-to-back. I wanted something I could sink into a bit more.
A few months ago I signed up for Libby, an app which allows me to borrow audiobooks from my local library and listen to them on my phone. I picked out The Scorpio Races, a stand-alone contemporary fantasy by Maggie Stiefvater. Not only was it my first audiobook, but it was also my first book by Stiefvater. I think it was a good choice. The story really hooked me in. The audiobook had dual narrators, which didn’t entirely work for me, though it was skilfully read.
I’m not quite ready to jump on the audiobook bandwagon, though. This is mostly because it competes for time with my podcast playlist. However, I still have trouble with eyestrain from time to time and it’s nice to know that the option is there for when I need it.
Are you an audiobook fan? I’d love to hear your experiences with the format. What are your favourite audiobooks?