I know it has been a really long time; have been a little busy lately, but mostly lazy. So here goes my first post of the year 2019. And happy New Year by the way .
I started listening to audiobooks recently since I hadn’t done that at all. I started listening to audiobooks on my long boring commutes instead of listening to music. Initially, the experience felt weird. It actually felt like I was trying to actively do something while driving and I kept thinking that I should be concentrating on driving than listening to a book. It was definitely distracting and if I had to concentrate while taking turns or looking for the green light at signals, I would not have concentrated on the audiobook. I would end up rewinding and listening to the part I had missed.
This continued for a couple of days. I persisted to see if I can make this work. The result was quite good. I finished Elon Musk’s biography, listened to the remainder of A Storm of Swords, which I was reading, all within 15 days. I definitely would have taken much longer had I just tried to read these books. Listening to audiobooks while driving feels more natural now. I still miss parts of the audio when I have to concentrate more on driving in certain situations and that is how it should be. Safety should be the topmost concern.
My preferred method of enjoying a book is still reading but this seems more practical to me. I ended up finishing two books in 2 weeks which I would have taken a couple of months probably if I had been reading. Listening to audiobooks is how I would be able to finish books quicker with my present lifestyle.
A word of caution though. Driving is an active process. When you are in traffic,you have to give preference to driving over listening to an audiobook. If you don’t get used to the experience of listening while driving quickly, you probably should stop listening.