Question On audiobooks

Discussion in 'Books' started by Haslam, Oct 17, 2016.

  1. Haslam

    Haslam Pirate

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    If you've listened to an audio book, could you claim you have read it's novel? I guess you have taken in the same information than a reader, but listening isn't the same thing.

    What's your opinion on audiobooks?
     
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  2. James Fireskull

    James Fireskull Honorable Pirate

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    Audiobooks are good for people who are too busy to sit down and read or who just aren't good readers but I personally would rather sit down and read a book. It's hard for me to "see" the story if I'm just listening to it.
     
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  3. Falco

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    Not a fan of audio books, but if someone tells me to read a book on something, I will check if there's an audio version first. Hearing the story is much better and faster.

    I read only about technology, so even if I want to, I can't use audio books, because there's none. (Should be obvious why.)
     
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  4. Redness

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    I listen to audio books if they are absurdly long stories... such as Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons.
     
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    No, you can't listen to an audiobook and claim to have read it.
     
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  6. Grace O Maille

    Grace O Maille Pirate Lord

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    I know someone that travels a lot for work, she listens to audio books in the car while she's driving....I can understand the advantages in that situation.

    For me personally I would lump audio books into the same category as the vast array of handheld electronic gadgetry that is around these days for reading 'books'. They aren't books, I don't like them.

    When I read, holding the book in my hand, the scent of the paper, turning the pages...these small things are part of the experience that I treasure and can never be replaced by other means. .....if it doesn't have physical pages, it's not a book in my opinion. A story yes, but not a book.

    Regards
    A book snob :)
     
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    I enjoy reading... Pretty much for the same reasons Grace has given. That being said, If I'm way too tired I'll happily listen to a good audiobook - and let my mind take in the story. It's (to me) almost like a guided meditation. I will still be able to 'see' what is occurring, and it's still an enjoyable experience. Most of the time though, I find myself wanting to read the book afterwards - just to (let's say) Tweak the imagination a little further, and get the full experience for myself. But no... If you hear it... You haven't read it. ~ Rascal.
     
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  8. Elizabeth Goldfoote

    Elizabeth Goldfoote Pirate Apprentice

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    I have talked to people that are so busy that the only thing they have time for is an audiobook in the car. I take that as a win considering they could watch Netflix or something with their free time. I love to read a physical book, but sometimes I don't have space in my bag for a book. I'm forced to use my phone. If I had a choice, I would read real books all day every day. But sometimes you don't have a choice. I hope this helped and happy reading!
     
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