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Listening vs Reading a Book

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donroc
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Post by donroc » Thu January 29th, 2009, 9:27 pm

Not since mommy and daddy read me bedtime stories have I listened to stories beyond a great extended joke or anecdote. Professorial lectures from their bland books were painful to sit through as are political speeches.

Give me tactile paper and print to read.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri January 30th, 2009, 4:22 am

I prefer to read, text sticks with me. But I also like to listen to audiobooks when I drive, or do housework, or do the kind of training where you are just 'hanging out' in the pasture appearing to do nothing while the animal gets used to your presence.

I don't see why listening to a book doesn't count the same as reading it, if it is unabridged. I frequently listen to and read a book at the same time, switching off according to whether I am driving or have the time to sit. Either way, the same content is in your head. Sometimes I will listen to the bookgroups monthly selection, and I can't recall anybody telling me, "Well, you can hardly discuss this on the same level as the rest of us, since you only listened to it!"

Audiobooks have gone through several evolutions. I remember a 78 rpm album set of records we had as children for 'the Three Bears'. Then came cassettes, then CDs, then digital formats.

Soon even the cheap cellphones will have MP3 players built-in with plenty of memory, and you are going to see a lot of people listening to audiobooks on their cell phones.

I think of it as coming full-circle, back to the primeval storyteller, only instead of reaching only those within the range of your own voice, a storyteller can reach around the globe.

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Post by Volgadon » Fri January 30th, 2009, 1:59 pm

Yes, Quartered Safely Out There.
I do like listening to storytellers as much as reading them. Robin Williamson springs to mind.

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Post by Ludmilla » Fri January 30th, 2009, 4:04 pm

[quote=""MLE""]I don't see why listening to a book doesn't count the same as reading it, if it is unabridged. I frequently listen to and read a book at the same time, switching off according to whether I am driving or have the time to sit. Either way, the same content is in your head. Sometimes I will listen to the bookgroups monthly selection, and I can't recall anybody telling me, "Well, you can hardly discuss this on the same level as the rest of us, since you only listened to it!"

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I didn't mean to imply that those who listen to a book can't discuss a book on the same level as those who've read it, but I still stand by my theory that you process the material differently when you listen. Now, as for switching from reading to listening to the same book, I would think that would augment/reinforce some of the details because you've involved more senses in the experience.

Putting aside reviewer comments on the quality of the recording and the narrator, etc., I still think that those who've listened to a book often critique a book from a different vantage point than those who have read it.

I do like the idea of oral storytelling coming back into fashion. I'm very sensitive to rhythm in word choices and how the text sounds when read aloud. Have you ever picked up a book that sounds fine in your head but when you attempt to read it aloud -- well, something starts to fall apart?

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Post by LoveHistory » Fri January 30th, 2009, 8:45 pm

Ludmilla, you might want to try attending Bardic Circle at an SCA event. I've heard tales of great storytellers who seem to make the modern world disappear.

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Post by EC2 » Fri January 30th, 2009, 8:50 pm

When I was into cross stitching big time, I tried listening to books, but decided it wasn't for me. I much prefer to read them. If I'm in a car then I'd rather listen to music than the spoken voice. Just the way I am.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Post by annis » Fri January 30th, 2009, 9:36 pm

Me too, EC . if I'm driving I'd rather have music playing, and when I'm out running I prefer to put my mind on cruise control and enjoy some moving meditation.

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Post by nona » Fri July 24th, 2009, 4:06 pm

to read or to listen? I would much rather read becuase I absorb the words and my imagination takes flight while if I only listyened I get lost and side tracked and become bored.

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Post by chuck » Fri July 24th, 2009, 5:08 pm

I too would rather read.....Short errand driving... music...Long extended trips one hour or longer....A good Audio Book (BTW the reader is very important).... the time really flies......

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Post by princess garnet » Sat July 25th, 2009, 2:55 pm

While I was at the American Library Assoc (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago earlier this month, I attended a workshop on audiovisual reader's advisory. One of the media formats covered was audiobooks. I didn't realize what features were importants such the narrator, special sound effects and music, topic, etc.

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