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message 1: by Hope (new)

Hope (littlehope) | 82 comments Are what you read and what you listen to (audio books wise) different?

For instance I prerfer reading sci-fi and fantasy, but like listening to books on philosophy and theology as well as classical literature. Anybody else like this?

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Todd | 26 comments I tend to listen to many more non-fiction books as Audio Books. I'm currently listening to Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson. Facinating stuff amazing how some people seem to catch lightning in a bottle over and over.

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Sandi (Sandikal) | 1212 comments I've found that I have a lot of trouble with non-fiction in audio. I recently listened to The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements. The narrator did a fabulous job, but I found that I kept missing stuff. I've been trying to listen to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, but I can't keep track of any of it. I think it's a good book, but it's just not working for me in audio. I've listened to a couple of other non-fiction books and have always come away thinking it would have been better to read it.

So, I stick pretty much to fiction in audio. I really like listening to fantasy in audio. It seems like that genre is especially well suited for an oral interpretation.

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Jim (JimboGeek) | 9 comments I find it goes both ways. Master and Commander is good example of an excellent book I thought did not work as an audio book. When the author spent time describing details on the ship I could not absorb it. I found myself constantly backing up and re-listening to parts of the book, I listened to it on a CD. I felt I would have enjoyed it much more in print. On the other hand I have never been able to read through a Robert A. Heinlein book without getting bored and quitting. I have listened to a couple of his books in audio and enjoyed them quite a it. I think it has to do with how many detais or how dense the book is.

message 5: by Aeryn98 (new)

Aeryn98 | 156 comments Like others I find my mind sometimes wanders when I am listening to an audiobook. I'm either at the gym or on the road. There are too many distractions and not many good chances to rewind when I don't catch things. I tried listening to Gilgamesh and I thought I'd trip myself up on the treadmill. So, for the most part I choose books I have read or light fiction. Books where the prose is more simplistic rather than poetic.
However, I think a good audiobook based on a character driven novel can be an improvement over the written. I just finished The Blade Itself on audiobook. Twice I tried the paper version and twice I didn't finish. I had a hard time connecting to any of the characters. But since I got a really good deal on the audio, and after reading the recommendations of the people in this group (I'm a sucker for peer pressure) I decided to listen to it. This time I loved it and am halfway through the 2nd book in audio. The narrator does a better job at bringing out the humor in the characters than, I'm sorry to say, my mind ever did.

message 6: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 5068 comments I like listening to Escape Pod episodes the same way. It's easier to listen to the stories that are fun and have a concept that's easy to grasp, so you don't get lost in the middle.

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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World (other topics)
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements (other topics)
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Robert A. Heinlein (other topics)