Ask the average person why they don’t read more and he or she will probably say that they don’t have the time. Audio books obliterate the time issue because you can “read” while doing other things. It’s a great way to learn and a guaranteed way to become a more interesting person. Here are 5 Cool Ideas on why to listen to audio books.
1. Audio books save time.
If you don’t have enough time to read, audio books are for you. The average person spends about 42 minutes per day commuting back and forth to work, which averages out to about 175 hours per year. Even if you’re not big on reading or learning, “175 hours” begs the question, “What are you doing all that time?” Many people listen to classic rock radio stations. If you do, you’re probably hearing most popular rock band of all time (The Rolling Stones) sing the most popular rock ‘n’ roll song of all time (“I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”). Spending 175 hours a year listening to old music, could be why you can’t get no satisfaction.
2. Audio books make time pass more quickly.
Whether you listen while exercising or driving, audio books can make time fly. There are lots of fun ways to “read” books. I “read” when I’m driving, walking and opening junk mail.
3. You are what you read.
You can tell a lot about a person by how they learn. Someone who watches a lot of television says things like “I saw it on TV.” Magazine people say, “I read it in a magazine.” People who listen to a lot of talk radio say, “I heard it on the radio.” Book people, of course, say “I read a book about it.” The late Charlie “Tremendous” Jones said “In five years you will be the same person you are today, with the exception of the people you meet and the books you read.”
4. You are what you think.
Audio books can make you a better person, but only if you include non-fiction and self-improvement topics in your mix. Long ago, librarians decided to classify books by whether they are fiction or non-fiction. Fiction books can be entertaining and can even spark creativity. Non-fiction books, however, are based in reality.
5. Impress your friends.
I first began tracking the books I read in 2004, when I processed 38 books during a calendar year. That year, I read 15 books and listened to 25 audio books. These numbers impress almost everyone I meet. I proudly announced my statistics when I spoke to the North Dakota Library Association and the well-read audience shrugged and asked, “Is that all?”