What is an audiophile? It is a person who prefers to listen to audio books. Well, in many ways the term is used for anyone who listens to audiobooks whether they prefer them or not. Are they new creations? No. Audiophiles have been around for years and the number of them are growing.
14% of readers are audiophiles. They listen to their books and get through more than readers who use their eyes to take in books. In fact, they can typically read more than double what those who read with their eyes do. Why? Because they they can read audibly where visual readers cannot. There really is no limit to where reading can be conducted.
Can you read a book while driving a car? Only if you are listening to an audiobook. Can you read while jogging? Maybe if you are on a treadmill, but an audiobook is so much easier. Can you read easily in a crowd? Maybe if you had headphones on and were listening to a book. Can you read while doing dishes or the laundry or even mowing the grass? Yes, if you were listening to an audiobook.
It becomes obvious why there are so many audiophiles. Listening to books is easier than reading them. But are there downfalls?
First off, sometimes the audiobooks suck! Okay, it’s usually not so much the book as the voice you are listening to. The first couple of audiobooks I listened to were not done very well. In fact, I swore off never listening to a book again until a friend told me of an outstanding version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I had to listen and fell in love with the voice. The story was one I had read many times, but this time the story was amazing. The voice makes the difference.
Now I’m not a real audiophile…yet. I still like to hold a book in my hand. But I do listen to books while I work and travel. They are great when the hands are busy but the mind needs a story. Does that alone make me an audiophile? I don’t think so, or at least a part-time one.
Give It a Try?
Are you an audiophile? Are you willing to give it a try? I would highly encourage you to do that. You might find some stories are more enjoyable when you have an experienced narrator taking you along on the fictional ride.
Start with a book you are familiar with. I did it with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I wasn’t focused then on what was happening next as I already knew. I was able to enjoy getting familiar with the audio version. This story was the perfect way for me to get my toes wet in a new way to enjoy stories.
Give it a try! You might find yourself enjoying it and becoming an audiophile.