Perks of Being a Listener: Part 2
8. Memorize books.
So I have listened to the Beautiful Player audiobook in full about seven times and parts of it at least on three separate occasions, and man, I KNOW that book. It's just like memorizing lines from your favorite movies or tv shows or Hamilton. There may or may not be a practical use for having these lines memorized, but knowing the story so well you can quote along with it (but if it's a book like Beautiful Player, maybe don't quote it places like work and the grocery store ;D) will help you connect to it and the characters better.
9. Listening is inclusive for those with visual impairments.
I can't BELIEVE I left this one off the first list! OBVIOUSLY listening to books is a great way for those with visual disabilities to read. The truly sucky thing is that not all books are available via actual audiobook but via text-to-speech apps so I wish there were a way for even more books to be adapted via audio.
10. Road tripping? Say farewell to reading-caused motion sickness!I HATE that I feel sick when I read in a car. Normally it's not a problem because I road trip so much solo that I'm doing the driving and am already listening to an audio (or Taylor Swift or Hamilton or Frozen). But I hate that when I'm doing a long trip with my family, my parents listen to their own audiobooks that I don't want to listen to, and I can't read my own books or I'll throw up (which would serve them right for bogarting the radio). But with audiobooks, I can put in my headphones, turn up the volume over whatever-the-fuck they're listening to, and entertain myself.
11. Listen when you're not in the mood to read.Every time my library hosts our book festival, I have a really hard time reading for about the 3 weeks before and a few days after. I spend more time at work so by the time I get home, I don't feel like reading. I usually veg out on my couch for exactly one episode of a mind-numbing sitcom and then drag myself to bed. And after the festival, I feel like death because of how much physical, mental, and emotion energy the day of takes. So audiobooks are a good way to keep my mind engaged without having to hold a book, use overtired eyes, or be in a position that's anything other than horizontal and/or fetal. This is also highly applicable when I'm sick.
So now we're up to 11 perks of listening to audiobooks. Have I converted you yet? Do you have any pros I can add to the list? Let me know in the comments!