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message 1: by Katy (new)

Katy Yeah, I have a really hard time with audio books - if I'm driving, my mind wanders; if I'm a passenger in a car, I fall asleep. My best bet while listening to an audio book is to do something fairly mindless, like Majjohng Solitaire or put together a puzzle, so that my mind stays focused on what I'm listening to without that tendency to drift away into other thoughts. This is not a book I would recommend in any case for audio listening, even with the awesome Wil Wheaton - it's just too much a physical thing, somehow. I need to replace my copy and I'll definitely want a physical book for this one.


message 2: by Carol. (new)

Carol. Ah, I'm finding the same thing, Katy. Which kind of defeats the purpose of listening while I'm doing other stuff. It does work well for dog walks. I can't listen for more than an hour without starting to wander... must be years of one-hour lectures showing :)


message 3: by Katy (new)

Katy Carol wrote: "Ah, I'm finding the same thing, Katy. Which kind of defeats the purpose of listening while I'm doing other stuff. It does work well for dog walks. I can't listen for more than an hour without start..."

My mom told me once that when she first developed diabetes, doctors were still recommending that women take up smoking to help them keep from eating too much, but she found that when she smoked she could not do anything else, so she didn't take it up seriously. A weird thought that occurred to me ... heh.

I prefer reading books at this point, so very rarely get audio books. I hope that I don't end up losing my vision, 'cause I'd have a very hard time with only being able to "hear" books, which isn't the same experience at all...


message 4: by Carol. (new)

Carol. I used to be afraid of losing my vision, because a couple decades ago, the only books on tape were 'classics' or a few best-sellers, and I do love my fantasy and sci-fi. At least the huge surge in readers and audio books have meant more have made it to tape, with actual casting/acting and more interesting titles.


message 5: by Katy (new)

Katy Carol wrote: "I used to be afraid of losing my vision, because a couple decades ago, the only books on tape were 'classics' or a few best-sellers, and I do love my fantasy and sci-fi. At least the huge surge in ..."

I know, I live in fear of it, too - I am at risk for retinal detachment, so there's always a chance at any given time I'll lose some or all of my vision. It's something I've always feared. I guess us avid readers have a special fear of this, huh? It's true that it's nice there are so many more options now with audio books, that's for sure!


message 6: by Jack (new)

Jack Maybe I'm weird, but I listen to audiobooks lying down in the dark. I find I then don't have to expend any effort, just watch the story play out in my mind.

You have me beat with your hour. For me, after thirty seconds to a minute I have to rewind, often past where I'd started. I think the idea that audiobooks allow multitasking may be why some people don't think they like them. For me, it's like reading a book: I'm not doing anything else, except maybe walking (which for me is still difficult unless I'm on a treadmill because other people sap my attention).


message 7: by Carol. (new)

Carol. Interesting. I think I'm too impatient to read that slow.


Cathy (cathepsut) I like the concept of audiobook and multitasking, but I can't do it. My brain keeps wandering off almost immediately, I can't do it. And concentrating on an audiobook exclusively puts me to sleep. Not my medium. Sticking to the written word.


message 9: by Carol. (new)

Carol. Glad I'm not the only one, Cathy. I feel like a bit of a failure, because other people seem to enjoy the medium. I can do a podcast (maybe because I don't need to listen to every word?). But Aaronvich's books are reputed to have an awesome narrator, so I might give it a try.


message 10: by Alexandra (last edited Aug 23, 2015 09:36AM) (new)

Alexandra Carol. wrote: "Glad I'm not the only one, Cathy. I feel like a bit of a failure, because other people seem to enjoy the medium. I can do a podcast (maybe because I don't need to listen to every word?). But Aaronv..."

I listen to audiobooks alot (mainly just a time/convenience factor), and I still understand :D There is a difference between reading and audio. I like audio when done well - with a good voice actor, rather than just a bland reading, and some books translate better to this medium than others.

But there is still a difference in the experience, and for some it just may never be as good for them. It's not simply quality, but also just personal preferences, and maybe even in part visual vs. auditory "learners". Although I'm more visual than auditory, so I dunno. For me when done well with the right narrator for the story and a story that works well for audio it can be like being told a story, which is something I find pleasant.

But everyone is different :D

Plus, although I do think sometimes a good audio production can make a story even better, and a mediocre one can make it worse, if a story isn't for you then no matter how well done the audio version is it's not going to make that much difference.

And I know what you mean about the mind wandering thing - I really need a story that hooks me fairly quickly, otherwise it's difficult.


Cathy (cathepsut) You migth be onto something there. I am a visual learner. I think in images. I am horrible on the phone, my level of understanding there is atrocious. I need to see people, to be really comfortable in a conversation, so I catch all their visual cues. Hm, I logiced myself into a corner. Based on that, movies should be my favourite medium... :-)


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