Audiobooks and Audible

I have become a MASSIVE fan of audiobooks. Seriously, nothing has changed my reading game more than the addition of audiobooks to my reading routine. In this month of January I have already read three full audiobooks, and am partway through two others. I use audible for the bulk of my audiobook listening and fully recommend it, if you join you get your first book free, and the first book I read got me hooked on the medium. I also listen to audiobooks on youtube as there are loads available there.

I was always a bit skeptical about audiobooks because I would ask myself is it really reading? But the answer is yes, yes it is. Readings isn't something you do with your eyes, it's a process that takes place in the mind. An illiterate person looking at words with their eyeballs is not reading, reading is processing the words and making sense of them in your mind and that can be done through seeing them or hearing them. (At least that's my opinion of reading!)

So here is a little round up of my favourite audiobooks/what I have listened to this month.

The Ballad of The Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts by Julian Rubinstein

My favourite audiobook, and one of my favourite books ever is The Ballad of The Whiskey Robber by Julian Rubinstein. It is so well told, it's more like a radio play than just a standard audiobook being read aloud by one person. The story is brought to life by all the voice artists and makes it so much more enjoyable than reading on paper. And i'm not the only person raving about it, it was a finalist at the 2007 Audie Awards for Best Audio Book and the way Rubinstein put together the DIY recording was praised by The New York Times. The book also includes music by One Ring Zero which I absolutely loved, below is one of my favourite tunes used in the recording.

Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now - as Told by Those Who Love it, Hate it, Live it, Left it and Long for it by Craig Taylor

This month I also listened to Londoners by Craig Taylor. It is a collection of personal accounts of life in London from people across all walks of life who had engaged with the city in some capacity. I loved this audiobook and think for me I would not have enjoyed reading this physically as much as I did listening to it. My one criticism of this is that more voiceover artists should have been used, it's obvious they were using the same few readers for the 80+ accounts of London detailed in the book, and some of their attempts at different accents were not good. But it's nice to hear personal accounts being read to you as opposed to trying to place the emotion and the feeling of each story yourself through reading it on paper.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

I was in Germany earlier this month and found myself intrigued the the history of communist East Germany. In addition to this, everything surrounding Trump has seen a spike in purchases of 1984, so there's definitely a George Orwell aura in our world at the moment and I was keen to re-read this book I haven't read since I was a kid. The audiobook was only 3 hours so it was really just a quick way for me to read it whilst doing other things, so I did.

Definitely recommend audiobooks for a quick read, and to fit your reading into other activities such as working or walking.