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?