I’ve been listening to audiobooks a lot lately. They’re great for long drives (or even short ones – I listen even if I’m only in the car for five minutes!) and doing random chores around the house. (Who knew folding laundry could be so exciting?) Between SYNC‘s free summer audiobook program, the library, and Audiobook Boom (a reviewing site for audiobooks), I’ve been listening more than ever before!
Of course, listening to an audiobook isn’t nearly as quick as just reading a book, but since I’m listening during times that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to read, I don’t mind that at all. But I’ve noticed that audiobook narrators read REALLY slowly. Like, ridiculously slowly. If I listened to most audiobooks at “normal” speed, it would be nearly painful – or I’d manage to fall asleep (hopefully not at the wheel!). I often wonder if the audiobook narrators have a hard time talking so incredibly slowly for such a long time.
It got me thinking, does anyone actually listen to audiobooks at 1x speed? I pretty much always listen at 1.5x speed. If the narrator has an accent that makes the book a little harder to understand, I sometimes dial that down to 1.25x. I occasionally even speed it up to 2x if I’m feeling impatient or the narrator is exceptionally slow. I pretty much never listen at 1x speed. (And there’s usually an option for .75x speed too! I think that speed would make me cry!)
So, I was curious what speed other people listen to audiobooks at. Seemed like a poll was in order!