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Audiobooks Vs. Physical Books –– Which One is Better?

Audiobooks Vs. Physical Books –– Which One is Better?


Despite me saying that I’m getting back into reading, let me just say, the journey has not been easy.

I have been tackling on heavier books as of late. Say something more along the lines of classics, or nonfiction. In which, I don’t know if this is just my dumb luck, almost all of it seems to have a preference to talk about religion or beliefs. And this is another tidbit about me, I loathe talking about religion. I don’t think there is anything that I hate more than having to pay attention to someone yapping on and on and on about their beliefs and their god. 


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Sure, you believe that praying to the trees will make you wealthy and give you luscious child-bearing hips, good for you. I don’t care. I just honestly start zoning out as soon as I hear someone talk about their beliefs and anything related to it. However this time around, I can’t run. I can’t hide. I can’t tune it out. Because it’s a book that I’m reading; in which I’m supposed to pay attention to so that I can write a cohesive review. With that said however, I’d like to introduce you to my new-found-friend : Audiobook.






I won’t play dumb and say that this is the first time that I’ve ever heard of audiobooks, because it isn’t. In all the times that I’ve spent on Goodreads, I have heard so many praises when it comes to audiobooks. On how people started reading again and re-discovering their passion for reading after they started listening to audiobooks, and the likes.

And for me, I don’t mean to sound like a snob, but in my mind, it’s just hard for me to reconcile reading with audiobooks. I have always have this image in my head that if you say you’re reading, then it should be your eyes doing the work, not your ears. 


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That’s what I’ve always thought, until I started reading East of Eden. 


East of Eden and the birth of Audiobooks


Okay. You can all bash me to death with a hammer for saying this, but I swear on all the yummy bananas, this book is so hard to get through. This is not a review, as I will be writing a separate post for that –– if I manage to finish the book. But goddamn, East of Eden is truly one fucking grueling book to get through. I have no idea how so many people rain it with praises, even going as far as saying that it’s one of the best books ever written.

It’s been 2 days since I first started reading it, and I barely made it past chapter 3. And had it not been for my determination to keep pushing to see what the hype is all about, I would have long DNF-ed the book. Just saying. 


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Even after moving to audio version of East of Eden, it still took a lot for me to continuously pay attention to what the narrator was saying instead of just starting to day dream about chocolate and waffles.


Audiobooks Are Good For?


I believe this topic has been discussed to death. I mean, a person with half a brain could tell you the pros of audiobooks. But for the sake of “being informative” when in reality I’m using this post to rant, I shall quickly list out the pros of audiobooks.


  1. Busy people 
  2. People who cleans 
  3. People who drives 
  4. Humans who likes to benefit from each and every second that they’re awake
  5. Productive humans
  6. Blind people
  7. Introverts 
  8. Extroverts 
  9. Omniverts (?) –– I don’t even know what this means
  10. Billionaires 
  11. Millionaires
  12. And all the aires!


Okay, that’s enough. I think by now we all understand one thing : that I’m an annoying piece of shit and I should––

In all seriousness, we get it. Audible is useful. It’s just a matter of preferences. Who cares if you’re reading a book or if you’re “reading” a book. Life is too short to care what other people think. 



Physical Books 


Now this, ladies and gentlemen, is something that I stand behind.  Forever and ever. I could literally write a whole page about my love and passion for physical books, but we all know your girl won’t do you dirty like that.

So let’s keep this short, simple and sweet (like me).


  • The Smell

I don’t know what it is about books, especially old books, but they all have this smell. I can’t really describe it. Just know that whenever I go to a library, I would browse books and at the same time also be on the look out for old books and just smell them. The types of books that has gone yellow with age? Those are my favorites.


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  • Comforting 

Again, I don’t know if a lot of people do this, but sometimes, when I read a book so good I would close it with a contented smile on my face and just hug it to death. As if it’s my way of showing it love, for bringing me so much joy, fun, and adventure in 400 pages or less. 


  • Dog-Earable 

Another thing that I love doing with physical books : destroy them

No, not in the sense that you’re thinking about. 

I like to write in my books, underline them, jot down my thoughts and notes. There is just something so vintage(?) about it. Especially now, in the age where everything is so digitalized, it’s nice to be able to write things down and make your mark on papers. 


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  • Brag Material 

I mean, come on. We’ve all done this at least once in our lifetime. And I’m talking about those really smart non-fiction scientific books, or those thick Harry Potter novels. I don’t know about you, but there sure has been times where I’d just smugly pull out my paperback and be like, “yeah, I read. I know, I’m an educated b*tch.”

Just kidding.

But am I though?




Summing It Up


There is no wars between audiobooks and physical, at least not that I know of. Both give you the same result in the end, it’s just the ways of achieving it are different. Truly, at the end of the day, it’s just a matter of preferences. If you prefer one more than the other, that’s totally okay. You do you.


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At least it’s better than not reading at all, you know what I mean?





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