5 Books I Wish I Had Listened To

Good morning everyone. I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m going to be talking about 5 books I wish I had listened to rather than physically reading.

So, this is pretty much going to be a list of books I either read before I started listening to audiobooks, found boring while physically reading and I think I would have enjoyed them more if I listened to them, or just books that I loved but heard that the audiobooks were amazing so I’m sad I missed out on listening to them first.

So, let’s get right into this and don’t forget to comment with any books that you would have rather listened to!


1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

photo of Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, The Language of Thorns and Ninth House with Six of Crow themed socks and coffee
Socks are from Owlcrate

I really enjoyed Six of Crows when I read it, but when I decided to read Crooked Kingdom, I ended up listening to it. There was nothing wrong with the narrators, but because I read the first book physically, I had a sound in my head that they sounded like and the audiobook was not that sound. So I ended up not enjoying it as much.

And I know that the narration was good so I would have really liked to have gotten the chance to listen to the entire series.

2. The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

<img src="https://mandathebibleo.files.wordpress.com/2020/11/img_3357.jpeg?w=1024" alt="Photo of Illuminae, Gemina, and Obsidio with a bookmark from Creative Chaotics that says "I know I love her
Bookmark is from CreativeChaotics (though this one is not available)

This one is one of the ones that I didn’t really enjoy my physical read of. But I would have loved to read it the first time with the audio and following along in the book. I tried doing that once already with my reread, but it didn’t work out really.

That being said, the audiobook was such a production and well done, at least the bit that I listened to, and I’m very sad about the fact that I missed out on listening to it my first read through.


3. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Photo of person holding When Dimple Met Rishi with a drink from Dunkin Donuts
This photo is from October 2017 and I don’t even drink Dunkin anymore unless I have no other choice. Funny how things change.

So, for this one, I think that I would have enjoyed the book more if I had listened to it. I can’t put my finger on what I didn’t like about this or any of Sandhya Menon’s works really, but I just don’t tend to enjoy them. I may give the next book that I have to read a chance on audio and I’m really hoping that I enjoy it. I want to love these books, but there’s just something about them.

4. Any Atticus Poetry

Photo of Love Her Wild over book pages

Honestly, I adore Atticus’s poetry and I would LOVE to have it read to me. I may see if I can find some more Atticus as read poetry, but we’ll see. Honestly almost any poetry that I read, I would love to have read to me. There’s just something about it that I adore.

5. Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Cover for Vassa in the Night
I didn’t even have a decent photo of this book. Oops.

To be completely honest, I don’t even know if this book has an audiobook. I tried to read this book and I just couldn’t get through it. I don’t even remember what it was that put me off to it. But I think if I had been listening to it, I would have pushed through it more and actually finished and maybe enjoyed it.

I really wanted to enjoy it because it was my first book from OwlCrate, but I just didn’t.


And that’s going to be it for this one! I hope you all enjoyed! While I don’t really regret physically reading any of these books, I would have loved to experience them on audio.

I don’t know if all of these audiobooks WOULD have been better than physically reading them, but I do think that it would have made me enjoy the books the same amount, if not more.

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12 responses to “5 Books I Wish I Had Listened To”

  1. I so envy people who can listen to books. It’s a super power I don’t possess I’m afraid. I really tried giving it a shot, starting with books I’d already read but I’m afraid I get lost in the narrative and can’t follow the plot at all. 🙈🤣❤️ Have a great weekend!

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    • It definitely takes some getting used to and there are times that I don’t pay attention 😂 I had to re-listen to an entire book because I didn’t listen to most of it 😂 But when I’m listening to audiobooks, I have to be doing a mindless task like coloring or diamond painting, otherwise I can’t focus. I say try watching, like, YouTube or something like that without actually watching the videos. Or podcasts. See if you can do those!

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      • Will give it a shot again, for sure! Books are such an inherent part of my life, the days I’m too exhausted to read at night leave me so cranky, everybody at work starts walking on eggshells around me. 😂 Getting used to audio books will be a benefit for every one concerned. 😂

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  2. I read The Poet X in ebook form, but I wish I’d listened to the audio. I enjoyed the read, but I think it would have been more powerful listening to it performed.

    I love this post idea, though! Some books are just best suited to one format or another.

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  3. The first time I read the Illuminae trilogy I physically read it and absolutely loved it. I later on listened to the audiobooks and while I still enjoyed the books it was a different experience for me. I personally would have liked to following along in the book while listening to it.

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