The Audible Experience

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A few weeks ago, I was introduced to Audible. I knew a few people in my family who loved this app, but I am more of a paper book person, so I wasn’t sure how I would like it. However, this app surprised me. 

I listened to “Kristy’s Great Idea,” one of the Baby Sitter’s Club books by Ann M. Martin. Listening to a recording was very different then reading the book.

For one, it turns out I got a bunch of names and events wrong. With the speed of my reading I end up skimming over some of the events and people. This wasn’t a problem when listening to a book. The narrator (Elle Fanning) did an excellent job narrating in a clear voice for anyone to understand.  

I learned that for me, listening to someone read is actually something I enjoy. However, being a middle schooler, the chances that someone will actually sit down and read to me are slim. The Audible presented me a way to be read to without having to pester someone into the job. 

Audible is excellent for when you have to wait for extended periods or when you have a chore. I was able to slip on my headphones and be transported to another world. 

One problem I faced, was that the reading was a little slow. When I read, I zip through the pages, so the slow reading wasn’t for me. Luckily, there was a solution. There is a speed adjuster and the reading can go slower or faster. I found a speed that worked for me, and I enjoyed the rest of the story. 

The Audible did get a little confusing because I didn’t always know who was talking. The narrator tried to adjust her voice for each character, but I still was occasionally confused. 

Audible was a great experience, and I really enjoyed listening to a book. I would for sure suggest this for people who are busy and always doing something with no time to read and people who don’t care for the reading themselves, but would like the story. I would listen to a book again.