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Listening vs Reading a Book

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
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Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Re: Listening vs Reading a Book

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed April 20th, 2016, 6:15 pm

I think it has to do with learning styles, with brain conditioning added on top of that. My daughter is an audible learner. She remembers what she hears. My youngest son is a kinethetic learner--for him to retain something, he has to move his body in association with learning it. Some are visual learners--they work best from seeing videos, charts, graphs, or live lectures. Me, I'm primarily text-based. The older I get, the harder it is for me to focus on movies and TV unless there is a stream of text running along the bottom of the screen.
I do listen to audiobooks, but the only way I can focus on them is if I'm using up the rest of my attention doing some rote task: walking, driving, dishes, etc. Then I take it isn. But if I'm just sitting listening, it goes in one ear and out the other.

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Ludmilla
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Re: Listening vs Reading a Book

Post by Ludmilla » Thu April 21st, 2016, 4:11 pm

I had trouble with audiobooks when I first tried them several years ago and didn't bother with them again until last year. This time around, I started by listening to books I had already read. That really helped me get acclimated to listening and learning what type of books and narrators work well on audio for me. My morning commute is always bad. I average around 2.5 hrs per day during my workweek, and I also like to listen when I'm doing housework on the weekends. Some books work better than others for listening (such as thrillers and plot-driven stories). The narrator definitely makes a difference, too. Books with a huge cast of characters, unfamiliar places and names can be difficult to follow, though. For those, I usually have to read the text.

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Vanessa
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Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
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Re: Listening vs Reading a Book

Post by Vanessa » Thu April 21st, 2016, 10:50 pm

I can listen to favourite books, ie books which I've read and really enjoyed. I don't think I could listen to anything that was too involved. My mind would wander!
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Bookworm548
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Currently reading: Martin Chuzzlewit
Interest in HF: Mainly the tudors
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Preferred HF: Tudors, medieval
Location: Manchester, England

Re: Listening vs Reading a Book

Post by Bookworm548 » Sat April 23rd, 2016, 3:39 pm

Ludmila, I'm a real traditionalist in the meaning of only reading proper books i. e paper. I hate e-books and absolutely can't stand audio books. Obviously, they have their purpose and if my sight disappeared I'd be very grateful for them but I truly don't understand why people who can see and read use them. Grrrr!! :oops: :confused: :roll:

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Re: Listening vs Reading a Book

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat April 23rd, 2016, 6:37 pm

Bookworm548 wrote:Ludmila, I'm a real traditionalist in the meaning of only reading proper books i. e paper. I hate e-books and absolutely can't stand audio books. Obviously, they have their purpose and if my sight disappeared I'd be very grateful for them but I truly don't understand why people who can see and read use them. Grrrr!! :oops: :confused: :roll:
It's very hard to read while driving. My husband can share books with me because he has a 2-3 hour commute daily, and he can listen to the book while I read it. Sometimes I listen too, if I'm driving or hiking--the kindle/audible link works seamlessly, and there's usually a discount if you buy both as a package.

Regarding ebooks, my sight is not very good, and I have a tendonitis problem in my wrist. I now almost never read anything EXCEPT ebooks, because Usually the print is too small and I have to find a way to prop the book so it won't inflame my wrist.

Plus I don't have any more shelf space for physical books. I'm maxed out--and that's just with the keepers. A lifetime of reading will do that to you.

I suspect that as people age (which happens to everybody) they get less fussy about how they get their story fix.

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Bookworm548
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Currently reading: Martin Chuzzlewit
Interest in HF: Mainly the tudors
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Preferred HF: Tudors, medieval
Location: Manchester, England

Re: Listening vs Reading a Book

Post by Bookworm548 » Sat April 23rd, 2016, 6:40 pm

MLE (Emily Cotton) wrote:
Bookworm548 wrote:Ludmila, I'm a real traditionalist in the meaning of only reading proper books i. e paper. I hate e-books and absolutely can't stand audio books. Obviously, they have their purpose and if my sight disappeared I'd be very grateful for them but I truly don't understand why people who can see and read use them. Grrrr!! :oops: :confused: :roll:
It's very hard to read while driving. My husband can share books with me because he has a 2-3 hour commute daily, and he can listen to the book while I read it. Sometimes I listen too, if I'm driving or hiking--the kindle/audible link works seamlessly, and there's usually a discount if you buy both as a package.

Regarding ebooks, my sight is not very good, and I have a tendonitis problem in my wrist. I now almost never read anything EXCEPT ebooks, because Usually the print is too small and I have to find a way to prop the book so it won't inflame my wrist.

Plus I don't have any more shelf space for physical books. I'm maxed out--and that's just with the keepers. A lifetime of reading will do that to you.

I suspect that as people age (which happens to everybody) they get less fussy about how they get their story fix.
Ludmila hun, I totally agree with you and that was just my opinion x I never actually thought about all of those reasons lolx

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Re: Listening vs Reading a Book

Post by Nefret » Mon April 25th, 2016, 9:23 pm

I haven't really gotten into audio books. The only ones I've listen to were Dresden Files.
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
{Ensiferum}

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Madeleine
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Re: Listening vs Reading a Book

Post by Madeleine » Tue April 26th, 2016, 11:42 am

I can't get into audio books at all, especially if I have to keep referring back to something that happened earlier, or look at a family tree.
Currently reading "Lies Sleeping" by Ben Aaronovitch & "The Stone Circle" by Elly Griffiths

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