"At Christmas I no more desire a rose Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled mirth; But like of each thing that in season grows."
Started by Mobius, February 25, 2021, 09:15:45 PM
Quote from: Astronaut Omens on February 25, 2021, 10:31:11 PMI've nothing against audiobooks, but for me the experience is so different as to constitute a different thing, especially when it comes to fiction.Firstly, an audiobook moves through the text in a straightforward linear way, but with a printed text I think a lot of readers tend to do things like:Do an initial skim-read of a page before reading the page more slowly,Linger and re-read striking sentences, Read less interesting parts more quicklyMove back to an earlier paragraph, or even an earlier chapter, and re-read it in the context of the new information found in a later paragraph,underline things and write things in the margins.Personally, I feel like the visual appearance of the printed letters in a character's name plays a part in how I imagine them, though maybe something analogous happens there with the way a name sounds in an audiobook.
Quote from: The Mollusk on March 30, 2021, 10:44:58 AMYou want to try reading a book when you've got ADHD and any external distraction even as minuscule as the sound of a car driving past outside or hearing the upstairs neighbour walking around completely sucks you out of the zone. I haven't read a book in well over half a decade. Most news articles are hard for me. Audiobooks - having someone talk to you - are a world apart, to the point that I can even sit on the bus listening to them when I've got the world whizzing right by my field of vision. They're of enormous benefit to me.
Quote from: Johnboy on February 25, 2021, 09:32:49 PMI do yes, but I'm having trouble finding decent onesis there a place where people share them?
Quote from: Mobbd on March 30, 2021, 11:37:07 AMI was going to post something exactly like this. So please read the above twice, everyone.But here's an additional thought too.There may be something about personal neurological predicament that dictates one's relationship to audiobooks. Some people have trouble reading in real-time or faster and digesting the information. Contrariwise, I struggle to listen. At university, I got little out of lectures and everything out of books from the library. I barely notice the lyrics of pop songs until I've seen them written down somewhere. I have recently taken to watching movies (perfectly mainstream English-language films) with the subtitles on lest I don't pay enough attention to what people are saying or what the hell is going on.I suspect, given how different we all are with how we digest information, there is a difference between books and audiobooks and it does matter, and that they can be thought of (as well as being entertaining in a different way to books what with the funny voice of the reader or whatever and the reduction of readerly techniques described by Astronaut Omens) as a digestive aid/accessibility thing much like my movie subtitles.EDIT: In fact, what The Mollusk just said kinda supports this too, perhaps from the opposite side of the ADHD colour wheel to me:
Quote from: The Mollusk on March 31, 2021, 07:53:17 AMSuffice to say audiobooks help me immensely and I'd be pretty fucked without them if I wanted to consume any literature.
Quote from: Mobbd on March 31, 2021, 08:17:36 AMWhat's the hit rate on audiobook availability these days? Like, do most contemporary and classic books have an audio edition available?
Quote from: Avril Lavigne on March 31, 2021, 05:57:04 PMPretty much! Everything I wanted to read over the past year I've been able to find audio editions either on iTunes or Audible, even quite niche-audience stuff like Thomas Dolby's autobiography.
Quote from: Mobbd on April 01, 2021, 05:28:33 PMSweet. I fancy a read of that autobio, actually. Not a psycho fan but I do like him. He was great on Buckles' pod.
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