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Can You Listen To Audiobooks While Gaming? (Quick Answer!)

Jamey Muller
Updated: July 6, 2022
4 min read

Have you ever considered playing a game while an audiobook plays in the background? Let’s get right into why this is a good idea, and as a bonus, we’ll give you some games you could try while lounging with your favorite audiobook!

Here’s if You Can Listen to Audiobooks While Gaming:

Yes, you absolutely can! Listening to an audiobook is the perfect activity to pair with playing a game. As you get the game's rhythm, you’ll tend to listen attentively and focus on the contents of the book. Keep in mind to stick with games that don’t require intense concentration.

Is It Better to Listen to Music While Gaming?

It depends on the game you're playing whether to listen to either an audiobook or music. Chill and relaxing games are great to be paired with an audiobook, while intense and fast-paced games go together with music. Also, what you should play in the background relies on your goals when you're in-game.

Let’s say you are grinding, and the game mission seems unexciting. You badly want to avoid yourself zoning out. This is where listening to an audiobook is perfect. 

Your gaming and intellectual skills will benefit if both tasks are done together; grinding won't feel much of a chore and be much more productive, and listening to the audiobooks will help you gain new information. 

Meanwhile, imagine being in an intense battle against your opponent, and you just want to get all the adrenaline rushing through your veins.

It helps to play energetic background music that matches the feeling you want to have. This can give you an edge to do better in player vs. player combat.

Playing music can hype you up and give you the edge to carry out games and outplay your opponents. 

On the other hand, playing soothing music also has its benefits. Even the best players have bad games from time to time, and we are no different.

Sometimes playing music that can calm you will keep you from getting tilted and out of play. Being composed is just as important as being hyped up.

What Games Can You Play While Listening to Audiobooks?

There are several video games you can play while tuning into an audiobook in this day and age. The best ones do not heavily rely on narratives and high reflexes.

Listed below are the top video games I recommend. 

Role-Playing Games (RPG)

Only when listening to audiobooks is compatible when focusing on exploring and grinding in an RPG.

Listening to an audiobook will offer a company that will keep you from being bored while doing the repetitive quests in the game. Some famous RPG examples are World of Warcraft, a massively multiplayer online RPG, and Diablo III, an action RPG. 

Turn-Based Strategy (TBS) Games

Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering Arena are examples of games where you take turns with another player in making a move. 

You already have a strategy in mind based on your deck even before the match starts; thus, you don’t need to react immediately and can take your time in playing your turn.

You can ease into an audiobook while waiting on your turn, especially when you’ve already mastered the game and know what to do in different scenarios.


First-Person Shooter (FPS) Games

You can have an audiobook running in the background specifically for single-player FPS games since they don’t need 100% of your attention.

These games are also best when you’re already familiar with the routes in the game. The Destiny and Halo franchises are some of the games you’d enjoy playing. 

Simulation Games

In games like The Sims and Stardew Valley, you concentrate only on the tasks for your character. You can relax and stream an audiobook while you spend hours and hours designing your house or farm.

Also, you aren’t bound by time and don’t need to consider any attack that may come your way.

Sandbox Games

Similar to simulation games, sandbox games don’t require much of your attention. You can listen to an audiobook while absorbed in building and constructing your world in games such as Minecraft and Terraria. 

Mobile Games

Most mobile games are usually casual games made to pass the time. They don’t require too much focus.

Match-3, Idle, and Platform games are some types of this that have simple objectives and can be played for hours on end. These are great to play while immersed in an audiobook.


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Jamey Muller
I'm the head-writer @ Knowledge Eager (or, in plain English, I'm the guy writing the majority of the content here). Addicted to the stock market, football, sushi and tacos.