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Audiobook Slumps

You know how there are reading slumps where you just aren’t in the mood to read anything, even books you think you should enjoy? I think I’m in an audiobook slump: I know objectively that there are audiobooks I should be excited to listen to and I do want to make progress on, but I just don’t seem to ever want to listen to them! Do you get these audiobook slumps? What do you think causes them for you? How do you get out of them?

I think mine is for a couple of reasons….

My brain, it hurts!

I used to listen to audiobooks at every opportunity possible. I would listen to them while walking between the parking lot and my office, anytime I was in the car, and especially on the 2-hour drive to my boyfriend’s place every weekend. However, these days I just don’t want to! When walking back to the parking lot from my office, especially (ie what inspired this post, haha), I think my mind is just too tired from thinking all day ya know? I’ve been really trying to up my concentration and productivity at work, so I honestly just prefer silence or music while walking and driving home. I just need to give my brain a break these days it seems. I’m not really sure how I’m going to fix that, haha. This also goes for my 2-hour drive to and from the boyfriend’s place, though it seems that every Friday when I drive, I’m just too pissed to listen to an audiobook since I don’t want to hate it just because I’m grouchy. Fridays just haven’t been good days recently ;-).

Audiobooks are putting me to sleep…

The other problem, however, is that whenever I have tried to listen to an audiobook on the way back from the boyfriend’s recently (on Sundays after having slept plenty and being rather fresh usually), I start getting sleepy! This is obviously not a good thing to be when driving long distances, so I inevitably end up switching to music which for some reason is better. I think singing along helps ;-). I have no idea when I’m getting sleeping listening to audiobooks though since the latest one is Throne of Glass, not a book that is slow at all. My brain seems to have made an association between audiobooks and sleepy for some reason that I can’t figure out. I used to be able to listen to an audiobook the whole drive without a problem, in fact I needed to since music made me bored!

I just finished a meh audiobook

For some reason, Insurgent just didn’t work for me as an audiobook and that is the one I just finished. I think this is a similar problem to a string of bad books putting you into a reading slump ya know? I just have trouble with this series’ narrator and am not Tris’s number one fan ya know? However, I really wanted to finish it, so I just pushed through even with a week stretch between listening at times. I’m thinking that this has something to do with my current weird mental association, but I had been hoping Throne of Glass would fix this.


So I really want to get back to listening to audiobooks regularly since it’s kind of the only way for me to fit older books into my reading schedule at the moment. I’m enjoying Throne of Glass (the hour or so that I’ve listened so far that is), but it hasn’t been able to pull me out of my sleepy/aversion slump. Have you ever had this problem with audiobooks? How did you fix it? Is it something I should even try to fix? I like that I’m listening to music more since I think it makes me happier, so perhaps I should just go with the flow since I’m still reading plenty of physical books….

Also since we’re talking about audiobooks, which fantasy and sci-fi are your favorite because of the narration and story? Do you even listen to audiobooks, or perhaps you have the same problems with them that I’m currently having and that’s why you don’t listen?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

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  1. I get In audiobook slumps sometimes. It is usually my mood and reading isn’t working either. Same if I have a few ‘meh’ books in a row. For both of these I tend to do one of two things. 1) pick up a humorous book that is in a series that I know I like (I’m behind on two or three). Humor really helps to snap me out of my bad moods. 2) relisten to a favorite. I keep Men of the Otherworld and Tales of the Otherworld by Kelly Armstrong on my iPod ready for listening if needed. Plus, those are anthologies, so I can listen one or two stories of I want or I can listen to the entire thing.

    I hope this helps.
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    • Yeah, getting some meh books in a row is the worst for audiobooks. I’m so bad at rereading, but I do have The Name of the Wind waiting for me if I ever really can’t get into any other books! I totally agree about humor, I like middle grade audiobooks for that :D

  2. I cant always listen to audio books, if i dont immediately click with the narrator i move on. If youre in a slump do The School for Good and Evil audio. Loveeeee it
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  3. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

    I only listen to audiobooks while Then my mind is kind of occupied doing something else so I don’t get sleepy. Or doing puzzles, like a jigsaw. Things that don’t require much thinking normally.

    I did really love listening to Ender’s Game though. I loved the narration on the version I listened to, as well as the story. It just all worked really well together.

    Also, Shadow and Bone was a good audio book for me as well.

    I’ve never really gotten into an audiobook slump, but I haven’t been listening to them for long. I hope you can get back to listening and sorry your Fridays have been not so good.

    • I used to love to listen to easy audiobooks while grinding in WoW! Definitely how I got my fishing achievements ;-)

      Oo, good to know about Shadow and Bone, did you listen to the second as well?

  4. I love audiobooks, but I go thorugh bad audiobook slumps. Like listen to 2 in one month, and then nothing for 3 months. I find that sometimes you need to find an audiobook that jumps out at you from a different genre. I usually love paranormal audiobooks, so in a bad slump I’ll grab a romance or historical fiction to try. Sometimes listening to something completely different can break a slump.
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    • Oo I like that idea! I probably do listen to similar stories over and over again with YA sometimes >.>

  5. Bec @ Ransom Reads says:

    I’ve never been able to get into audiobooks, my mind wanders too much so I’ve never experienced an audiobook slump. Reading slumps in general though I have had plenty. The thing that usually helps most with that is reading when I should be doing something more important :P Or just giving it time and not pushing myself to read. The right book will come along eventually and fix it.
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    • Haha, nice! I think that Throne of Glass is doing the trick finally, apparently I’m just in such a fantasy mood that I can’t listen to audiobooks that are anything else XD

  6. Yep. My brain just gets tired of all the listening. Usually, making sure I put several days of music and/or silence between audiobooks helps a lot.
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    • I like this strategy! I think I’ve just put too many expectations on myself that I should always be listening to a book and it just isn’t working D:

  7. I definitely have trouble listening to them if I’m sitting/laying around. The best time for me is when I walk the dogs or I’m on a long drive (I drive a lot too, for work). So I usually rip through them that way. I’ve tried to lay in bed and listen to them, but they put me to sleep as well!

    Sometimes it depends on the narrator, too. The narrator for a Clive Cussler book (I believe it was Corsair) I listened to was hilarious and energetic, but the narrator for Starship Troopers made me want to pass out. I couldn’t even to listen to it! The guy’s voice was so boring that it sucked the life out of me. I really love it when the narrator gets into character instead of just droning on. That makes a big difference for me.

    But maybe you’re right – maybe you’re just overloaded? Sounds like you have a lot on your plate and you’re trying to juggle a ton of books.

    • Hehe, I would definitely fall asleep if I listened in bed, I have a hard enough time reading before sleeping! The only time I’ve listened when not doing something was when I was at the last 30 minutes of an epic fantasy and it was so sad and I needed to not be in public/driving while crying my eyes out, haha.

      I have to have narrators that do voices for each character otherwise I have a really hard time remembering who is who, haha. I can’t imagine a narrator that drones on and on in the same voice D:

  8. I’m not a fan of audio books, to be fair, I don’t listen to them at all. It doesn’t work for me for several reasons, but perhaps listen to an audio book you once loved? Perhaps try to listen to one when you do something active, so your brain doesn’t connect the book with feeling sleepy?
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  9. Yes! I totally get audiobook slumps and am even in one right now. It is a lot of the same reasons you mentioned… the last audiobook I finished (almost a month ago, agh) was not my favorite and sometimes it just takes a lot of mental energy to pay attention to an audiobook when all I want to do in the car is listen to music and let my thoughts wander. But I will hopefully get back on the train soon. I do eventually get bored of the radio and my own thoughts!

    • Hehe, exactly, I used to listen to books when my brain was still really awake and wanting to be productive, but I’ve just felt so lazy lately ;-)

  10. Yes, I know what you mean. I’ve been kinda feeling like this lately, too, even though I’m continuing to power through audiobooks. You know what’s funny… The other day, on my drive home from work, I decided to listen to music instead of my audiobook… and it felt… almost scandalous! Like some sort of secret pleasure! How silly is that? OBVIOUSLY my priorities have gotten a little too skewed toward the bookish lists and crossing things off. O_O
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  11. Hm, since I only read to audiobooks incedentally, I don’t have any tips. If you want to reset your body from being sleepy when listening, try taking a walk a few times while listening. That way your mind will get used to being in an active state when you put an audiobook on. Hope you get out of your slump soon

    • Oo, that’s a good idea! I walked in the fall a lot while listening but haven’t since winter has been so freaking cold! That will help a lot :D

  12. LeKeisha Thomas says:

    I’m not big on audio books, but I will occasionally purchaseb them. And well, I can’t be wasting that monthly little fee on Audible. LOL! But to answer your question, yes I get audio slumps.

    I’m currently in one now. I listened to all ofMatched by Ally C in two days. It was okay. The narrator was meh, but I was not into her monotonous voice, I was trying to get into the story. By the time it was over, I had a million questions. Me, being the masochist that I am, just had to get the second book. I have only listened to the first hour. That was well over a month ago! I just can’t seem to listen. Every time I try, I cringe and just pick up one of my kindles or go to browse my bookshelf.

    Sadly, I’m not sure how to help when it’s obvious I need help too. :-) If you find help, please share with us!!

    • Hehe, exactly! I love Audible! I think that you need to accept that Crossed might not be the right book for you right now, it’s okay to let go ;-)

  13. I don’t really get in audiobook slumps–it is usually just coupled with my “mood”. Sometimes I am just not in the mood to read at all or not sure what I am in the mood for. Right now, I can’t really decide what I want to listen/read. Everything is not hitting my sweet spot *sigh*
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  14. I love audiobooks but there have been times I’ve put them aside because I simply don’t want to listen to anything. I say go with it. Don’t listen to anything – eventually you’ll start to yearn for them again.
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  15. I don’t do Audiobooks at all. I just can’t be assed to care, for some reason. BUT. The Will Grayson, Will Grayson audiobook is amazing. I love it so much.
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  16. I am on a 32 year audiobook slump. Afraid there is not much I can do to help you on this one. I keep meaning to try one out and see if they work for me.
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