Last week’s launch of Bookbub’s new audiobook deals site, Chirp, inspired me to give audiobooks another try. I love deals (who doesn’t) and I wanted to give the new service a careful test so I could warn readers of any potential problems.
Alas, I came away from the experience more frustrated than informed or satisfied. Neither of the audiobooks I bought were intended to be read aloud. They had rare and unusual words, as well as made up words that (assuming the narrators got them right) I had trouble understanding. And frankly, the narrators just weren’t that appealing.
This made me feel much more interested in reading what happened next rather than listening to it, and it made me wonder why I couldn’t see what so many did.
I initially asked this question on Facebook, or rather, I made a casual off-hand remark that I couldn’t understand the appeal. That post received almost a hundred responses, which told me that people have really strong opinions on this topic.
So tell me, what is the appeal of audiobooks?