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Re: Okay, so who does audiobooks?
« Reply #50 on: February 02, 2017, 06:55:20 PM »
I'd like to try audio books, but I feel like I wouldn't retain the information as well as if I was actually reading.

That was my concern, too, because I mostly listen to nonfiction. There are tricks you can use if you're worried about retaining information (ask the Oracle). I use the easiest of all: I listen to audiobooks I want to remember a second time a few weeks after the first reading. It's amazing how much you retain after the second hearing.

By the way, you won't have a problem listening again. I thought I would, but the experience is different the second time around. You're struck by what you forgot, and you listen for the details you want to remember.




 
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Re: Okay, so who does audiobooks?
« Reply #51 on: February 02, 2017, 07:44:10 PM »
I'd like to try audio books, but I feel like I wouldn't retain the information as well as if I was actually reading.
I don't listen to non-fiction for just this reason. But I listen to a WHOLE LOT of fiction that doesn't have to be retained. And if it's not retained too much, then it's a great listen the second, third, fourth, ... go round.
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Re: Okay, so who does audiobooks?
« Reply #52 on: February 03, 2017, 12:22:27 PM »
I've just started listening to audio books in the past year or so.  I really enjoy them, although I'm extremely picky about the narrator. I've passed on a few books that sound great, but I can't listed to the narrator. That being said I only listed to them in the car or sometimes while I'm cleaning around the house. If I am sitting down to read it will be a real/kindle book. Audio books have made drives much more enjoyable though. I hate listening to the same music the radio stations play over and over and over.

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Re: Okay, so who does audiobooks?
« Reply #53 on: February 13, 2017, 10:36:01 AM »
I do a lot of driving back and forth to job sites from home.  I have long stretches where there is no radio signal, and I get tired of the same cd's over and over. So I love audiobooks for those endless hours on the road.

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Re: Okay, so who does audiobooks?
« Reply #54 on: February 17, 2017, 02:45:18 PM »
I'd like to try audio books, but I feel like I wouldn't retain the information as well as if I was actually reading.

How do you know that?  Of course the answer is you can't possibly know it.  You probably worry that it might be true but until you try you just won't know.

Personally I prefer reading with my eyes but I've listened to a LOT of audiobooks during the several years when my cataracts were thought inoperable and I found that even though it's true that it's different than visual reading, it's neither better nor worse.  Just different.

I'm currently listening to a book of short stories at night after I turn out the lights.  The Audible player can be set to stop at the end of the chapter, which in this case is the end of the story, and I let the story put me to sleep.  It generally takes 2 or 3 or more nights to get through a whole 30 minute story but that's okay.  The purpose is to put me to sleep and it does and I enjoy the stories too.

This is a book of short stories I read on my Kindle a couple of years ago, a story now and then between books so I read it over about a year's time.  I'm finding that so far I don't remember most of the stories and the few I do I don't remember the endings so they're fresh and new to me.  I picked this book to do this with because they gave a big discount since I own the Kindle book.

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Re: Okay, so who does audiobooks?
« Reply #55 on: July 11, 2017, 01:25:12 PM »
I listen to the audiobooks of my own books to review the material while I'm writing the next in the series. Helps keep my eyes away from the screen so I can save them for writing rather than reviewing the earlier books in the series.
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Re: Okay, so who does audiobooks?
« Reply #56 on: July 11, 2017, 02:55:08 PM »
So THIS is kind of a nifty new development.  The X-Files is getting a brand new season... on audiobooks.  I KNOW!  It comes out next week and features the original cast.  I LOVE that we can get more stories from series long past (and actors who perhaps are not immortal).  I hope this is a trend!

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Re: Okay, so who does audiobooks?
« Reply #57 on: July 12, 2017, 04:14:59 PM »
So THIS is kind of a nifty new development.  The X-Files is getting a brand new season... on audiobooks.  I KNOW!  It comes out next week and features the original cast.  I LOVE that we can get more stories from series long past (and actors who perhaps are not immortal).  I hope this is a trend!

https://www.amazon.com/The-X-Files-Cold-Cases/dp/B06Y4BYM61

My wife is a big fan of the series, so I pre-ordered it a while back. I think having the actors narrate will prove to be a major plus.

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Re: Okay, so who does audiobooks?
« Reply #58 on: July 15, 2017, 01:16:20 AM »
I have discovered that I love whispersync very much. It makes it so easy to flip from listening while driving, or on my morning walk, to reading in bed. I have a love affair with my kindles, and phone apps.

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Re: Okay, so who does audiobooks?
« Reply #59 on: August 02, 2017, 11:25:40 AM »
I listen to audiobooks when I'm learning a new language. It trains your brain to work at the speed necessary to understand the language when people speak to you. Movies are good too, but there are a lot of visual clues to help. With audiobooks it's just you and the words, coming at you very quickly. I've used them in learning German and Italian. I'm not perfect at speaking the languages - both languages have mind-boggling grammar - but I can understand what's being said to me, usually. 

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Re: Okay, so who does audiobooks?
« Reply #60 on: August 06, 2017, 12:34:02 PM »
It all depends on the narrator.  I listened to an excerpt of a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast and was completely drawn in.  I only wish I could figure out the name of the book.  It wasn't listed, just that it was a fairytale...but the narrator did a phenomenal reading! :)

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Re: Okay, so who does audiobooks?
« Reply #61 on: August 06, 2017, 12:53:35 PM »
It all depends on the narrator.  I listened to an excerpt of a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast and was completely drawn in.  I only wish I could figure out the name of the book.  It wasn't listed, just that it was a fairytale...but the narrator did a phenomenal reading! :)

The right narrator for the right book can do that. I don't know if I mentioned it upthread, but Anthony Heald did an outstanding job with The Good Earth. I've always been drawn in to that book and I was a little nervous about listening to it, but his narration gave me that same feeling.

Audible sent me something the other day (they send me something or two somethings every day), and he was one of the picks for outstanding narrator. The book was Crime and Punishment. I have never cared about reading that book, but with Heald narrating it, I think it will be my credit pick next month.



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Re: Okay, so who does audiobooks?
« Reply #62 on: August 30, 2017, 12:01:42 AM »
So, I just spent a week at the Arvon in the UK learning how to write radio dramas from the head of BBC Radio North (It was amazing.  A week in the English countryside, living in an old manor house, sitting around writing and learning and long walks through gardens and woods and farmland.)  It is such an art form!  It's akin to poetry.  The economy of the words on the page is astounding.  And I was struck with the national tragedy that the US does not support radio drama the way that the UK does.  Almost all of our radio dramas come through podcasts where artists have to scrimp together funding from advertisers or 99-cent-a-month subscribers, while there, the writers are paid a standard guild wage and actors are some of the best of the best because it is such an honor to be on radio.  Anyways, it just made me think about how glad I am audio is growing and I hope that it continues to boom.

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« Reply #63 on: September 02, 2017, 10:50:21 AM »
So, I just spent a week at the Arvon in the UK learning how to write radio dramas from the head of BBC Radio North (It was amazing.  A week in the English countryside, living in an old manor house, sitting around writing and learning and long walks through gardens and woods and farmland...

I am so jealous! LOL  But you're right, it would be nice to see more radio programs in the US.  Maybe audio books will create more of a demand for it. :)

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« Reply #64 on: September 03, 2017, 02:43:19 PM »
I am so jealous! LOL  But you're right, it would be nice to see more radio programs in the US.  Maybe audio books will create more of a demand for it. :)

It was absolutely one of the best things I've ever done.  If you ever have a chance, go.  The Arvon is amazing.  And from what I heard, it sounds like Audible is really jumping into the fray to try its hand at creating high quality radio dramas and could be a real game changer.  Crossing fingers!

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Re: Okay, so who does audiobooks?
« Reply #65 on: October 18, 2017, 12:43:07 PM »
My mom loves audiobooks and we listened to a lot of books on tape when I was a child. I prefer to read fiction "in my own head" but I like nonfiction audiobooks--it's a good way to multitask when I'm driving.


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Re: Okay, so who does audiobooks?
« Reply #66 on: November 06, 2017, 11:25:25 AM »
I LOVE audiobooks. They're my best friends on drives, while doing yard/house work and while I cook. They really get me through boring moments in life.

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Re: Okay, so who does audiobooks?
« Reply #67 on: November 11, 2017, 07:23:59 AM »
I'd like to try audio books, but I feel like I wouldn't retain the information as well as if I was actually reading.
Actually, I find memorable lines and passages in an audiobook stick in my head just as well as reading text, if not better.

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« Reply #68 on: November 11, 2017, 08:11:59 AM »
I listen to audible books on my commute for work, about 1 hour a day and when I clean the house I listen with headphones.  The time seems to pass quickly and I dont feel like Im wasting time cleaning  ;) .
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