Monday, April 14, 2014

A to Z April - L: Listening





Another short post today.  I chose listening, as in audio books.  I'm not an expert in this area. Honestly I think I've only listened to two books all the way through.  And I'm not really a fan of it.  You see, I can read much faster than the time it takes to listen.  But you might say, what about for long drives, or times when you can't use your hands.  The two books I listened to were during the summer where I was walking 3-5 miles a day.  What I found is that my mind would wander and I would often have to rewind and try to figure out where I'd zoned out.  I'm definitely more of a visual person in the reading department.  So, I understand the reasons behind audio books, and I know many students who did so much better listening, and that the listening to a book often got them to where they were reading on their own at some point by sparking their interest.  The two books that I listened to were:


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And I did enjoy listening to them, the narrator on the audio was really fun to listen to.  I think I even downloaded the third one, when it came out, but then have never had the time or inclination to listen to it.  And I don't know if I'll ever read the books to finish the series.  Plus, the movie they made from the first book was so horrible that I doubt there will be anymore of them, unless someone goes back and re-does the whole thing.  In my opinion that is.

So, what about you?  Do you like to listen to audio books?  Also, please, if you have time, would you mind going to my J post and helping me with some question ideas?  There is a giveaway that anyone who gives me ideas is automatically entered in.

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  2. Keyboard malfunction.. LOL First time I listened to an audio book was to Basil Rathbone narrate The House of Usher. I was sold on audio books from then on out. Great post! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I think it definitely helps to have someone read it that the voice is enjoyable. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I don't do audio books. My mind drifts. I don't have that problem when I'm actually reading.

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    1. That's my problem too! Great minds and all that. :-)

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  4. I love audio books when I walk. It's a way to get more books read.

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    1. I did listen when I was walking, but really that time is good for me to just kind of zone out and think, so my mind wanders when I try to do that. I wish I could listen so I could get more books in.

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  5. I've made audiobooks of two of my works through ACX, but I personally prefer to read instead of listen. Thanks for stopping by Indie Writers Monthly!

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    1. I'm the same way. And the better reading students in my classes always hated when we would read aloud, they wanted to just read on their own, and I totally understood their point of view.

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  6. I love to listen to audio books. We listen to Harry Potter ad infinitum, but we occasionally break it up...Most recently we listened to Incarceron. Wonderfully done.

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    1. I think it is great for some people, just can't quite get into it myself. Thanks for visiting!

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  7. Returning your visit from the A-Z blog, and following.

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    1. Thanks!!! Glad to have you stop by and become a new follower.

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  8. I get too distracted with audio books...I don't have to focus so much. A book causes me to put all my attention in the book. Thanks for stopping by my blog (P.S. if you don't fell pretty in lingerie, you just need to find the right lingerie ;-)

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    1. Same here. I just tend to drift off into my own thoughts if I'm just listening. Glad you stopped by!

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  9. I'm not a big fan of audio-books either. My partner likes to listen to them before bed, so we've got the Harry Potter series on his iPod, but I much prefer to read print books.

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    1. It's interesting to see how many people agree or disagree on this point. Thanks for visiting!

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