If you have been following Outset, you know that I am an avid reader. I have a world of books where I have created an imaginary castle. However, of late my reading pace has come down drastically due to my busy schedule. As much as I try to continue reading, the number of books I read is less than half of what I used to. That’s when I decided to give audiobooks a shot.
The pandemic has introduced us to the new normal. Our entertainment is restricted to OTT platforms, Youtube, and other video apps and channels. The apprehensions surrounding the couriers on one side and unrelenting screen time on the other push reading to the lower spectrum of priority. I used to get numerous messages asking for tips to revive the reading. The current scenario is unpredictable, the safest and the most practical substitute for reading is listening to audiobooks.
Why try audiobooks?
You can now have somebody narrate a story to you or read out your favorite book while you go about your every day. Consuming books is not restricted to just reading them, stories can now move with you. This is such a boon for somebody like me who is missing the constant company of stories.
Benefits of audiobooks
Reduced screen time
We are constantly on screens straining our eyes. Unlike ebooks that could strain your eyes in the long run, audiobooks could be your digital detox tool. Extending your gadget-free time, in turn, relaxes your eyes.
Develop listening skills
With three kids, I was struggling to keep them occupied and entertained. The storytime with them turned out to be difficult when I was depleted of story ideas. Listening to audiobooks was a solution to this hassle, with the added advantage of seeing their pronunciation getting better!. Their listening time improved and this in turn helped them in their academics as well.
The most notable benefit of using audiobooks is time management. You need not dedicate a specified time for listening as you can play it and go about the most boring chores around the house. Nowadays, I am enjoying listening to health-related audiobooks during my walks.
Better sleeping experience
Studies have proven that sleeping while listening to stories will give you a night of better sleep with a relaxed brain, which in turn improves your overall emotional quotient. Make sure to listen to books that are inspirational or positive during your bedtime.
If you are someone who reads non-fiction, audiobooks could be your easy access to knowledge.
Enhanced reading experience.
When the narrator inculcates emotions while reading, it gives a listening experience over and above what you might perceive while reading yourself. But it is imperative that you listen to good quality audiobooks like the ones on Storytel, I see they are extra careful about ensuring they deliver the finest quality narrated books.
My experience with audiobooks:
I tried several apps but to my dismay, the narrative was delivered in a staccato tone and I failed to grasp the essence of the books. After a long search, I got introduced to Storytel and I started listening to their audiobooks, which not only has the kind of narration I was hunting for but also with this busy schedule. My quest for a relatable audiobook ended with Storytel, They have a plethora of choices for audiobooks. More than 2 lac audiobooks available at a reasonable price is a steal on any day
Being a mother of three, I am particular about screen time, both mine and my kids’. Hence Storytel has come as a boon to let me connect with books while I’m busy with household chores. My bedtime story session has shifted to bedtime ‘Storytel’ sessions as they have the option of having the kids’ mode. It helps me filter out audiobooks that are best suitable for kids. The narration does not feel like a robot is narrating a story to my kids, it’s a real person narrating the story with all the emotions which makes one connect a lot more to the audiobook.
For you to have and experience the same luxury, I have a special offer where you can enjoy a 90days of Storytel access at just 375rs, this offer is a limited period one, so I would suggest that you guys grab it as on a paperback we would spend at least 400bucks, but here you can access unlimited books for 90 days, which is a great deal! All you have to do is, use this link to sign-up for Storytel .
A few notable features of Storytel
In Storytel, the books are available in 12 languages. Isn’t that awesome? English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, and many more. I am a Malayali and I am excited to listen to Malayalam audiobooks that I have never seen anywhere else
2 lac plus audiobooks
Storytel has a collection of 2 lac+ audiobooks available in numerous languages and genres.
They have books in various genres and the narration is tailored to suit the particular genre that you would like to listen to.
The style of narration is the USP of the books by Storytel. My previous experience with audiobooks was disappointing, the narrations that inculcate the emotions without dramatizing and simultaneously bringing out the feelings are fresh.
Celebrity narrated books
If you want to listen to the books in the voice of your favorite celebrity, they have celebrity-narrated books for you.
The App has an option for setting the timer so that the narration stops at the scheduled time so that you could go to sleep while ensuring the gadget-free hours are followed. The books ‘for complete relaxation’ could be the best choice to listen to before bedtime. They have a section ‘Sleepwell with Storytel’ that relaxes the brain and provides much-needed rest.
I am someone who likes to make notes while reading. Storytel enables me to make notes while listening and create bookmarks manually.
One of my absolute favorite features is that you can download their books offline and enjoy them whenever you are in a no-network zone. How amazing is that? You can always carry a partner, Storytel with you and as it is, one is never isolated from good audiobooks!
Books by Storytel:
The range of books available in Storytel is unprecedented in the history of audiobooks. From Kite runner to Alchemist, Kabuliwala to Les Miserables, this streaming app has a selection of audiobooks that suits readers in all niches.
The section ‘only kids, no parents allowed’ has a collection of audiobooks. The books are tailor-made for the kids and narrated enticingly. The style of narration is the highlight of Storytel as the emotions are imbibed without losing the original feel.
Missing is the first book that I listened to in Storytel. While there were my favorites available, I wanted the App. I deliberately selected the book as I wanted to try a Storytel original, which proved to be the best decision. Storytel Originals are the stories or audiobooks that are exclusive to Storytel and you would not find the same audiobook on any other application.
Missing is the story of a womanizer, who finally gets married and the wife goes absconding later. His quest for the truth behind the disappearance of his wife lands him in experiences that he has never experienced. Character craft is the highlight of the book. The narrator has brought a personal touch and the same connected me a lot to the story, almost like I was driven to a different dimension of the line. Sounds fascinating right? More about this audiobook, Missing would be shared in my next review, stay tuned! The story and experience only get better!
I am amazed by the section of thrillers available on Storytel. To know about how to have the thriller listening experience, check out my next post on audiobooks.
If you would want to experience this and many many other audiobooks Storytel has to offer, don’t forget to sign-up through the link – http://mooimoments.in/campaigns/englishoffer
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