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[General] What do you think about audio books?

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Post time: 2-5-2018 10:15:12
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I have been contemplating doing an audio book. The only one I have done so far is Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. While audiobooks work for self-help and especially when you are driving - and more importantly - there's no else in the car, I think it's way too slow for anything else. I like the intonation of some readers like Jonathan Cecil reading out Wodehouse. But other than that, they don't really work for me. What do you think?
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Post time: 30-5-2018 00:24:45
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The book, if read at leisure, should be allowed to engage in a dialogue with our thoughts. And therein lies the value of text as opposed to relying on auditory senses.
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Post time: 2-5-2018 11:06:03
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I tried once. Sapiens. But soon switched over to reading. May be I picked up the wrong book for the format. Haven't since tried another and may be may not try another. Reading is more engrossing to me. And I can go back to a particular point if I didn't grasp what I read easily.
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Post time: 2-5-2018 11:56:28
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I know someone who listens to audio books in the gym. How that works is beyond me.

It depends on the quality of narration. I have picked audio books but switched to reading format due to this. Then there is the retention bit. Like jhsurti said, sometimes you want to re-read a point. Going back and forth is tough on audio books.


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Post time: 2-5-2018 12:19:20
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Don't judge me for this.




So I picked up The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner. A very bad decision because it was narrated by Tom Hiddleston and all the while I could only think of how deviously sexy he sounds.




Yes a woman needs to be shallow at times. So unless and until I get a narrator with a very plain voice I am not doing it again.
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 Author| Post time: 2-5-2018 13:10:02
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Edited by bookbandit at 5-5-2018 04:57 AM
Meself 2-5-2018 12:19 PM
Don't judge me for this.

HAHAHAHAHA! No, won't judge.

I agree. The voice is hugely important in an audio book.

I am a try putting something on the old iPod and tell you how it goes. Watch this space.
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Post time: 2-5-2018 15:46:05
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I have never had the patience for watching movies, listening to lectures (even interesting ones) or short TED talks/videos. I either get distracted by the person's voice or drift into my own world all the time, so audio books won't work for me.
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Mousetrap 2-5-2018 03:46 PM
I have never had the patience for watching movies, listening to lectures (even interesting ones) or  ...

hahaha! I hear you. Especially about TED talks. I am sure they are interesting, but for the ADHD (like yours truly), it takes not a little effort. It is work and sometimes it pays off, so one tries one's damndest to sit through it. lately, movies have become a chore too! I am not sure if it is me or the movies. maybe a little bit of both. our attention spans are shrinking man!
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Post time: 2-5-2018 18:43:01
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Meself 2-5-2018 12:19 PM
Don't judge me for this.

Ha! Ha! Ha! May be I should try a female voice book! Just kiddding. No audio books for me.
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Post time: 2-5-2018 21:56:13
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Meself 2-5-2018 12:19 PM
Don't judge me for this.

Not judging at all. We all have our guilty pleasures.

I do watch TED talks, but only if they are short and the topic interests me.
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Post time: 3-5-2018 00:11:17
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I really enjoy TED talks. Even the TEDex are great, so long as we don't have a pretty face speaking. LOL.


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