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Should you try audiobooks?

17/11/2019

Should you try audiobooks?

Hey readers, 

By this time, I think that you pretty much all know how much I like reading. Whether from printed books, ebooks or audio versions, I enjoy to discover new amazing stories, new point of views to broaden mine every day. Yet, a few years ago I wasn’t that much into audiobooks… If you’re still there, here’s why you should give it a try. 

“But I like to read every word on the page”

I know and me too. But audiobooks are a complete new experience to reading. With a nice voice and a good narrator, you won’t just hear the story, you’ll be a part of it. One time I was in the boring Parisian subway, half asleep on my way to school, and the second after I was standing next to Starr and Khalil in Angie Thomas’ “The Hate U Give” story. 

Not every books are made to be listened to and definitely not every narrators are good but, some are excellent and you should definitely try the experience. I promise you won’t regret it !

Headphone, cellphone with the Audible app open.

Where to start, which platform to choose ?

Now, if you are convinced and you want to start your first audiobook you have multiple options. Personally I use Audible, which has a nice interface and a subscription system. Every month I pay 9.99€ for a credit, which allow me to download one book, whatever its original price was. Like, recently I downloaded the « Sherlock Holmes : The Définitive Collection » which is 81 hours long and cost a good 90€ normally… for a fraction of that price.

Depending on the country you live in, you might have other options, like Audiolib in France.

5 recommendations for audiobooks to try today

There are many books I could suggest here, but I’ll stick to 5 in different genres. 

If you like fantasy or romance, one of my absolute favorite narrator is Bani Turpin. She has narrated Children of Blood and Bone (by Tomi Adeyemi), the breath-taking The Hate U Give (by Angie Thomas), They Both Die At The End (by Adam Silvera). 

If you like Self-Help, I would highly suggest to find the books narrated by their original authors, it adds a lot of depth to the listening (you feel like you’re listening to a podcast). My picks : The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (by Stephen R. Covey), The Power of Habits by Charles Duhigg or Deep Work by Cal Newport. 

Finally for amateurs of Science, I would highly suggest Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari (trust me, it’s better to listen it than to read it) or A brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.

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