having only completed nine audiobooks I am far from being an 'expert', but I have found a way to make them work in my life and think that you could too.
My first audiobook I picked up at the library: 'Doll Bones' by Holly Black. I'd seen it around the interwebs and was only mildly interested. When I saw it at the library I thought "why not?" It is not a book I would recommend to an audiobook newbie, it was slow, a bit dull and didn't deliver on it's 'scary/paranormal' promises. But while I didn't like the book, I really liked how suddenly I had a good reason to jump in the car and run my errands. I really liked having something to listen too while baking after the baby went down for bed.
I liked how I could fit audiobooks into my lifestyle and listen on the go.
Since beginning my journey, I've since bought some bluetooth headphones, bought an Audible subscription, and joined up back at the local YMCA. Now I have some even better excuses to listen to audiobooks!
If you are an audiobook newbie like me, my biggest tip is to sample before you buy! A narrator really does make or break a story. Suddenly the book is being filtered through a second 'voice' before you can interpret it for yourself; that DOES change the game. I may have appreciate 'The Young Elites' by Marie Lu more if I hadn't listened to it on audio; I'll never know for sure. I even stopped listening to 'Ready Player One' by Ernest Cline (even after my librarian recommended the narrator!)because I found the narrator's voice to dull and depressing for the bleak read.
Now that I have Audible, I ALWAYS listen to the sample before spending a credit. I have a Gold membership which allows me one 'credit' a month for an audiobook with the option, of course, to purchase extra books if I like. One credit a month is more than enough for me and would work well for any noob.
From now on I will be adding my audio reviews to the blog, and perhaps sharing some of the backlog. I made the graphic awhile back and so should probably update that before diving in :)
Check my eclectic audiobook shelf on Goodreads. Give me recommendations for your favorite narrators or audiobook!!