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Old 07-27-2016, 09:49 AM   #1
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Audiobooks on the rise

WSJ article about the growing popularity of audiobooks.
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Old 07-27-2016, 12:28 PM   #2
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WSJ article about the growing popularity of audiobooks.
My nephew listened to his summer reading books this year, rather than read them. I suspect that's not quite what the school had in mind when they assigned the books.
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My nephew listened to his summer reading books this year, rather than read them. I suspect that's not quite what the school had in mind when they assigned the books.
My youngest son also listened instead of "read". Not a single teacher cared. So many kids didn't do anything they were just happy when the books were consumed.
Now watching a movie of the book on the other hand, that didn't fly with them. But audio books were always fine. Unabridged of course.
My son still does most of his 'for fun' reading with audio books.
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How would the teacher know if a student listened instead of read?
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Old 07-27-2016, 08:41 PM   #5
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How would the teacher know if a student listened instead of read?
The students probably told the teacher.

If I was in school these days, I'd make a point of telling the teacher that I listened to the book, instead of reading it. I was a rebellious monkey in high school. If audiobooks were readily available back in the 60's, I would've gone that route. I even turned in book reports based on Classics Illustrated comics.

I hated assigned reading because most of it was literature I didn't care for; like Hemingway, Maugham, Joyce, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Steinbeck, Lawrence, Buck, Wilder, James, Mailer, etc.
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It seems, listening to audiobook takes longer than actually reading it.
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How would the teacher know if a student listened instead of read?
It depends on how they listen. If they multitask while listening, odds are they won't retain it as well.
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They wouldn't necessarily retain it well even if they read it.

Unless it's a matter of recognizing some odd spelling of a name they've only heard, I don't see how anyone would know if the kid listened to an audiobook, based on any test of comprehension.
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I find I retain audiobooks better than reading. I'm really starting to prefer listening to reading, I can do something else while listening.
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I find I retain audiobooks better than reading. I'm really starting to prefer listening to reading, I can do something else while listening.
I definitely prefer listening to reading, partly because my work life consists of staring at a screen all day, and listening is a break from that.

If I needed to retain information, I think I would still want to see the text, underline it, and make notes, probably in conjunction with listening.
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