Regular Reading or AudioTape

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Regular Reading or AudioTape

Postby Wrecks » Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:04 pm

My apologies if a similar thread is around like this one. But do you prefer to read the old fashioned way? Or prefer to let the Audio Tape do it for you? Personally, I'd rather do it the old fashioned way.
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Postby Werewolf87 » Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:14 pm

I prefer the old-fashioned way myself, as I am one of these people that don't really see the words but have a movie running behind their eyes while reading. Having someone else intonate character voices and moods would disrupt my film. The voice would probably also influence me to give characters a face that doesn't fit.
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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:25 pm

I usually can't be doing with talking books, as I tend to get distracted too easily and miss huge bits of the story. They have their place though, and if I'm cycling or driving alone I've been known to listen to one.
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Postby TwoShotTino » Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:58 pm

I've tried to listen to a few audio books, even ones I didn't have the inclination to sit and read, but as mentioned above I too

1 Make voices up in my head as to how the character should sound(Hard to do when they all originate from the same voice)
2 Tend to miss chunks of the story through concentration
3 Find that (especially with the Discworld series) a lot of the jokes don't come across in audio as well as they do in text
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Postby DaveC » Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:11 pm

I listen tot he Doctor Who audio CDs that come free with the papers while riding my bike. Only occasionally,though
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Postby The Mad Collector » Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:06 pm

I love the Stephen Briggs audio books. I'm listening to Monsterous Regiment at the moment.
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Postby Teppic » Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:29 pm

The audiobooks are brilliant. I've got the majority of them on my phone 8)
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Postby mspanners » Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:33 pm

I love to listen to the books as I drift off to sleep, the only problem is finding the last point in the book you can recall before the zzzz cut in! :lol:
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Postby poohcarrot » Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:28 pm

I've never heard an audio book in my life, and don't want to. :D
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Postby chris.ph » Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:36 pm

books for me or ebooks
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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:08 pm

I don't mind listening to them on journeys if they are well read,just downloaded Good Omens it will while away an up comming bus journey.

I'm toying with the idea of getting a kindle for when I going to conventions.
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Postby Tiffany » Thu Mar 24, 2011 4:23 pm

I prefer a proper book, but I do have a lot of audio books too, cassette & c/d's. Kniting would be a good thing to do when listening, as my late Mother used to do while listening to the radio, but I can't knit. :lol: :lol:
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Postby raisindot » Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:25 pm

I never listen to an audiobook for a book that I haven't previously read.

And I never accept the idea of someone saying they've 'read' a book when all they've done is listen to the audiobook. Two totally different processes. Reading requires the use of abstract thought process that begin with assembling letters into words into sentences into paragraphs into chapters, understanding their literal meaning, and then having an emotional or intellectual reaction.

Audiobook listening skips all the abstract bits and goes straight to the reaction part.

That said, I do enjoy listening to certain audiobooks (particularly the better DW books) when I'm exercising or when I'm on a long car trip. Having read the book first makes the experience far more enjoyable, especially great when a great reader (like Stephen Briggs) voices the characters in ways that make the words you read come alive.
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Postby poohcarrot » Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:35 pm

...so you've listened to Pyramids then. :D
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Postby raisindot » Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:42 am

poohcarrot wrote:...so you've listened to Pyramids then. :D


I wish I had. It would have been a lot better than suffering through the reading of it.

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