09 November 2012

Audiobook Friday #6 - Things To Do While Listening

The very first time I listened to an audio-book was January 2011, and the book was J.L. Bourne's Day by Day Armageddon.  I remember it well because I became so obsessed with listening to it, that I would sneak out for a break at work and listen to five minutes at a time.

I'd flirted with the idea of audio-books before, but I couldn't imagine what I would actually DO whilst listening.  I'm not the the kind of person that can just sit and not do anything (much to the annoyance of my boyfriend) - I can't even watch a movie, or TV show without playing with my phone or checking my email.

But over the last two years I've found that there is a lot I can do whilst listening to an audio-book, and a fair few things that I cannot do whilst listening, despite my best attempts.

I Can Listen And
- Clean.  I really don't need to think about cleaning and it's SO boring, that audio-books are the only thing that can actually entice me into doing it.
- Do crafty things.  I don't do it so much anymore, but I've been doing cross-stitch since I was about 7 years old, so it doesn't require that much concentration.
- Commute.  I spend at least 90 minutes a day, five days a week on commuting.  As I get motion sick, I can't usually read, so listening is a great alternative.  Plus, I can listen as I walk! 
- Play mindless games.  Point and click, solitaire, Sudoku.

I Can't Listen And
- Work.  I've tried, many times, but apparently work requires my brain to do more than listen to an audio-book. 
- Read.  Yeah, I tried.  It doesn't work, believe me!
- Lay in bed.  Again, it's the idle hands thing.

What do you do when you listen to audio-books?  Or can you just sit and immerse yourself in the storytelling?


  1. You cat is so cute!

    I can't listen & clean & lie down. I can listen while.running or walking.

    1. Thanks :)

      Listening and walking is good - with the added bonus of exercise!

  2. OMG! Day by Day Armageddon is a SUPERB way to start your audio reading experience! I love that series and the narrator, Jay Snyder, is AAAAAAH-MAZING. Okay, fangirl rant done, I promise.

    I mainly listen to my audiobooks in the car during my commute. I have a terrible habit of missing turns when I'm really into one though. Whoopsie. I also like to work out when I'm listening to an audiobook because it takes my mind off of what I'm doing (I seriously haaate working out). I can't listen and work either, it just gets too distracting. I'll also listen when I'm folding the laundry.

    1. I'm actually listening to it again at the moment and I remember now why I enjoyed it so much!

      Folding laundry - excellent idea!

  3. Bahahaah, this is EXACTLY what I do.

    It's also the ONLY way to make me clean. My commute is five minutes, so not so much on that one. I also am not remotely crafty. Card games, yup. Also, eat dinner when I'm alone.

    I still try to get blogging done while I'm listening or to tweet people, but I know I miss things. I haven't tried reading a book, but I did briefly try to read blog posts while listening and that was a big FAIL.

    JUST listening to an audiobook makes me bored. I think for me it's almost more an eyes idle than hands problem. I can listen and lay there, but only if I'm about to go to sleep. I tried to listen to audiobooks while exercising, but it left too much of my brain and eyes to think about how tired I was. Only real books work for that unfortunately.

  4. I love listening while I drive but also in bed. I set the sleep timer for however many minutes I think it'll take me to drift off (I'm pretty good at guaging that) and then enjoy having somebody read me to sleep ;-)

    Lelia Taylor

  5. I love listening while I clean, drive, or walk. I actually really like listening in bed. I feel like a kid again having someone read me to sleep!



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