Thursday Thoughts is a weekly meme hosted by Ahsley of Ok, Let’s Read! I highly recommend you go and check out other bloggers’ links because they always post interesting things. :)
This week’s topic is Audiobooks. Ashley’s prompt is pretty straightforward: Do I listen to audiobooks? Do I enjoy them? Are there certain genres that I prefer when listening to them?
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I listen to quite a lot of audiobooks. I’ve got my trusty old iPod (I’m not sure how much you know about iPod models but this Nano is almost 4 years old and I’m amazed it’s still functional) and I listen to them:
- on the bus – public transport in Ljubljana is abysmal and it takes a while to get anywhere by bus
- when cooking – I enjoy cooking very much and it’s even more enjoyable when combined with literature
- when doing chores – I don’t enjoy these as much, but they are better with books
- when my eyes feel to tired for reading – sometimes I fall asleep with my iPod on and have to go back and listen to half the chapter again because I’ve slept through it.
I *never* listen to audiobooks when driving – they’d distract me too much and I’d lose track of where I’m going / have an accident for sure.
I sometimes laugh out loud or nearly cry when listening to books I like, so I’ve gotten some pretty weird looks from fellow bus passengers and random pedestrians. I probably look slightly demented, staring into the distance with unfocused eyes, sniggering occasionally, but I comfort myself that I’ll never see these people again (hopefully).
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I listen to lots of different things in audiobook form. I find them particularly useful if I want to re-read a book but don’t have the time or will to read the hard copy. It’s usually just a matter of wanting to meet old friends again (I re-read a lot), but sometimes I want to refresh my memory when a new instalment of a series comes out and I’m not too sure about the plot of the previous parts or something.
There are some books that I can’t manage in audiobook form, though. I tried to listen to The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, for example, and it was just too complex for me because I haven’t read it yet in paper form. I think that books which require constant attention are better suited to “traditional” reading, at least at first, because it’s easy to get lost if you miss a bit of the narration becuase of a sudden noise in the background or something.
Much depends on how good the narrator is. I don’t care how brilliant the book is – I’ll drop it immediately if the narration is too affected or if I don’t like the narrator’s voice. I’ve reviewed the Cruel Beauty audiobook here on the blog and I mentioned this, as well.
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What are your thoughts on audiobooks? Do you listen to them? Do you have narrator/genre preferences?
I’d love to hear your opinions (and read your TT posts if you have them), so comment away! :)