Good morning one and all. I sit here wondering. Wondering. My mother saw it as my greatest fault, a disconnect. Wondering to me is the great mystery in life. Why do we wonder. Oh well I seem to be going off again on one of my tangents.
What I was wondering this morning is how advid readers feel about listening to books. I do it occasionally but get distracted easily. I tried reading the book while listening at the same time but still cannot embrace it. I recently obtained some through free trial at Audible.
What are some of your comments and thoughts?
Hi Bill. I was never much of a fan of audiobooks until recently. I used to find my mind wandering too and I just didn't take them in. I've given them another try a few times in the last six months or so, however, and found I've enjoyed them much more. I first listened to Dracula, when I couldn't get into the book as the prose was so dense, and then a couple of other classics like The Old Man and the Sea and The Grapes of Wrath, all of which I really enjoyed. I think it has a lot to do with finding a great narrator who can bring the story to life and build the atmopshere. Donald Sutherland read The Old Man and the Sea and it was wonderful! I can highly recommend it.
We made a video recently on our YouTube channel asking a very similar question, and the comments we got below were really interesting. Here's the link if you'd like to check it out https://youtu.be/S2W6D8Y0cv8
Thank you for getting back to me so soon and giving the link which was very informative and I must say that I do enjoy the way you present yourself on the video. It makes me smile. I too tend to audio the long ones and a monotone narration is a great turnoff. With Audible or Kindle's whispersync they let you preview the narration which is a great help. Well have a nice day and farewell from sunny Florida. Keep on reading on.
Thanks, Bill! That's kind of you to say. I'm jealous that you are in sunny Florida... We are in the UK where it is currently cold, rainy and very, very grey!
Personally, the only time I can enjoy an audiobook is in the car on a long trip, preferably 2 or 3 days. Otherwise, I am too distracted. I'm a victim of the dopamine poisoning everyone is suffering from these days in that even when I am reading, I will occasionally have to stop myself and reread a paragraph or two because I've been distracted. And not by my phone, but by my thoughts! But it still feels like my phone...
I grew up listening to BBC radio 4 and when we went on holiday, we would usually get some form of audiobook/radio show on tape to listen to on the journey.
I now have an audible account and a ridiculous amount of books/radio shows on there.
I guess you could say I’m fine with audiobooks.