Audio Books, Is It Cheating?

A woman listening to a book with headphones.

For hardcore readers, an audio book might be the last thing that they would consider. After all, it is cheating right? By letting someone else do all of the heavy lifting, it is just too easy. You might as well be watching television.

Maybe not though. Audio books certainly have a place and while the written word will definitely help your vocabulary and spelling more, audio books have a place. Here are a few of the benefits as I see it.

Reading While Driving

You have probably seen the occasional maniac out on the road reading while driving. It could be while stuck in rush hour or while speeding down the highway at 60 miles per hour.

Whatever the case, reading while driving is unacceptable. An audio book can make the activity of enjoying a book in the car safe and easy. Those of you with limited time available can now use your time driving to enjoy a good book.

Reading With Vision Problems

Let’s face it, as we get older there is a very good chance that we will develop reading problems. Reading glasses are a possible solution but even with them, eye strain can become an issue.

Audio books can solve the whole issue of poor or even completely lost vision. Why deal with eye strain when you could be enjoying a book narrated to you.

Bedtime Reading

If you read to relax before bed, lights and even the ow glow of a kindle reading device can be counter productive. For some, any light source can make it difficult to drift off into sleep.

With an audio book, you can turn off the lights, listen to your book and let your mind wander.

Multi Tasking While Reading

It can be hard to find time to read, what with so many other things on your schedule. Work, chores around the house, taking care of the kids, etc. How do you fit in the time to sit and read for an hour or two? You can’t.

That is where an audio book shines. It allows you to get our precious reading in while still taking care of all of your obligations. My first love will be direct reading but audio books come in a close second.

You Get The Same Benefits

Studies have shown that reading or listening to a book stimulates the same parts of your mind. Sure, listening will not help as much with your vocabulary, since you will not see the word, but it gives you the same major benefit.

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