9985Audio Books: Read or Listen?
- Aug 15, 2003Diane,
Personally, I speak of listening to an audio book rather than reading. I
don't know whether there's an accepted convention on this; it simply seems
more accurate. It's interesting to listen to a book that I've already read
(I've seldom listened first, then read) because I find I notice different
things. If there's a good reader (I love Davina Porter) the rhythm of the
prose comes through more clearly for me than when I'm reading.
One of the few times I listened then read was with one of Lois McMaster
Bujold's Vorkosigan novels, Barrayar I think. Carol Cowan and Michael
Hanson read these. I wish audio book companies could be persuaded not to
have adult men reading young boys' lines--the vocal quality is completely
wrong and very distracting. I gave up & waited until I had some reading time.
The lighter-weight fiction audiobooks are great for getting through long
drives and large amounts of housework.
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