Trying to enjoy audiobooks, but it's difficult...
This morning, I drove into work and decided to try to listen to the audiobook version of the fifth Game of Thrones book, Dance with Dragons. I'm about half way through it at this point and am willing to try almost anything to finish it -- I've been reading it for over a month now. (My next post will probably be on these new "speed reading" apps...)
Anyway, I've always had a hard time getting into audiobooks. I'm not sure whether I have A.D.H.D. or what, but I seem to lose my focus after a few minutes of listening. It's been a few years since I last tried to listen to an audiobook, so I figured that maybe I had grown up and matured a bit. Or something.
Sadly, today was no different. I'm driving in and a few minutes go by and I suddenly tune into what the narrator is saying, realizing I missed a whole section! So, now I quickly jump backwards and listen in again, only to lose focus a few minutes later. I just don't get it.
Perhaps there are some various tips and tricks I should try to enjoy audiobooks like speeding them up or maybe even locking myself in a sensory deprivation tank?
I'm interested to hear if others enjoy audiobooks over reading (I do read a lot!) and whether or not you've had similar experiences to me.
I listened to it while I took BART to work and I didn't have any issues concentrating. However, I think if I was driving, I don't think it would work as well - there's too much going on outside of my listening experience that I need to pay attention to that it would become too distracting.
That said, I'm a huge fan of dramatisation. I'm currently listening to the Dirk Gently series, also by Douglas Adams, the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
I have the same issue with podcasts, actually. Even Welcome to Night Vale. I want to like it, but I just zzzzzzz.......
I agree with Joshua about not being able to follow an audiobook doesn't mean you're not mature. It could mean multiple things:
- Audiobooks just aren't for you. I know many people who just couldn't get interested enough to pay attention or had some ADHD or equivalent.
- Bad narration. I've been put off by many books due to the narrator. Although I have a bit of trouble following the British accent some times, I do tend to find that almost all the best narrators are British.
- The book just isn't so compatible to be listened to and does require being read. Some books require a visual aid to them, included in the form of illustrations in a book.
- You could just be pre-occupied or be doing something that requires a certain level of concentration.
- Try other books, especially ones with good narration. If you give me genres you're interested in, I could give you some good recommendations.
- Don't do anything that requires any brain activity, but don't just be sitting down on a couch. If you're doing anything that requires concentration, you'll have trouble paying attention to the book. I find paying attention while on my bicycle pretty tough because it requires more attention for cards and stuff. However, the ideal time for me is while driving my car.
- Don't listen while others are around, they can be quite the distraction.
- Get an app, like Audible's official app, with a 1-click rewind 30s. It's a LIFESAVER!
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