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View Poll Results: Do you listen to audiobooks
No, I just read 30 24.00%
A few, but I mostly read books 46 36.80%
Yes, I listen to a lot of audiobooks, but I still read some. 51 40.80%
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:29 PM   #16
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The good news is that Overdrive is abandoning WMA for library audio books. So that will be less and less of an issue.

I listen to audiobooks when I knit (I can't really watch TV when I knit - I make too many mistakes), when I drive anywhere, when I'm working around the house and no one else is up or around, and, finally, when I'm working out - on a walk, in the pool, on my bike. I really enjoy listening to books, and some books I actually prefer the audio experience. It's a different experience than reading, but complimentary. And I really like being able to go back and forth between eBook and audio book on my Kindle Fire with WhisperSync for Voice. I can listen on my iPhone (handy as I move around the house), sit down for a bit of regular reading, and listen on the Fire, all without losing my place.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:02 PM   #17
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My library allows me to choose how long I keep a book out for. Some do, some don't. But if you go through audio books quickly it might be a good idea to set your expire time to as small as possible. I can choose from 7, 14 or 21 days. I always choose 7.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:02 PM   #18
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I understand the lure of audiobooks for those who have long commutes. But I'm sure there are other places where audiobooks make sense. When do you listen to audiobooks? Any tips to get into audiobooks?
I never listen to audiobooks while driving or at work. Not enough time for me to enjoy them. When I get started, I go for hours before quitting. I prefer to multitask when I do things, so audiobooks fit perfectly; whereas reading is strictly a single task activity.
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:02 PM   #19
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I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work out. I use them on long car rides, but I have trouble following them on my daily commute. Too much traffic to pay attention to so I listen to talk radio instead. I really like the Kindle Whispersync integration with Audible!

It is an acquired skill. Try a few books to see if your listening skills improve and don't give up after the first one. I also find that the narrator makes a difference to enjoyment as well.
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:03 PM   #20
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At the moment, it's about 50-50 and in fact with one book, I have both the audiobook and the ebook and switch back and forth.
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:09 PM   #21
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I also find that the narrator makes a difference to enjoyment as well.
No doubt about it. A bad narrator can ruin a good book, and a great narrator can save a mediocre book.
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:13 PM   #22
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Yep, annoying that I can't play WMA books on my Android phone. I'm tempted to buy a Sansa clip/zip just to play the books, but I don't really want to add another gadget to carry around--no matter how small.
The Clip Zip 4GB is on sale today for $30 in case you change your mind
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:32 PM   #23
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The Clip Zip 4GB is on sale today for $30 in case you change your mind
According to CRussel, Overdrive is phasing out WMA files but
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:37 PM   #24
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btw, here's a thread on that topic.
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:51 PM   #25
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I chose "Yes, I listen to a lot of audiobooks, but I still read some", but actually my reading and listening are about equal. I have a commute that's almost an hour each way, five days a week, so that's when I listen to audiobooks. At home, I read exclusively, mostly ebooks, but sometimes paper. Tried to listen when I was at home, and I always wound up falling asleep, no matter how interesting the book.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:00 PM   #26
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No doubt about it. A bad narrator can ruin a good book, and a great narrator can save a mediocre book.
So true! There are narrators that I look for and then decide to get the audiobook. A bad narrator can ruin not only a good book but also a beloved book!

I principally listen to audiobooks when working out. This gives me an incentive to get and get to it. Sometimes I even work out a little longer because what I'm listening to is so interesting.

I'd like to give a thank you to tubemonkey for promoting audiobooks here. That is what started me on them.

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Old 02-13-2014, 06:16 PM   #27
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I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work out. I use them on long car rides, but I have trouble following them on my daily commute. Too much traffic to pay attention to so I listen to talk radio instead. I really like the Kindle Whispersync integration with Audible!

It is an acquired skill. Try a few books to see if your listening skills improve and don't give up after the first one. I also find that the narrator makes a difference to enjoyment as well.
Long-time audiobook listener here, and this is exactly my experience. On long driving trips, during the first half hour or so my mind wanders too much, so it's lots of rewinding. After that, I really get into the book (and drive just fine).

From what you say, though, I'm not sure anymore that poor earlier concentration is just the nature of the mind being more active in the beginning of a transition of activities, or if it's simply the local traffic congestion.

Anyway, your advice about it being an acquired skill is spot on. Find out when your mind wanders a lot, and in those circumstances, don't do audiobooks (or accept that you'll be rewinding a lot).
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:29 PM   #28
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Some books just cannot be "read" to you, because of the complexity of names. Examples:
- "A Thousand Miles Up the Nile." Place and people names that you never seen or heard before. Just impossible as an audiobook, then so easy when you read the text.
- "Last Orders." A character study unveiled by dialogue, with too many characters with too many simple names. Ray, Amy Vince, Lenny, Vic, Mandy, Jack, Bernie, Brenda, June, Jimmy.

An example of an easy listen is any Sue Grafton alphabet series book. Not too many characters, and the pace is slow enough.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:00 PM   #29
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I voted "Yes, I listen to a lot of audiobooks, but I still read some." It was the best fit, though not an accurate one, typical of MR polls.

I only listen to "audiobooks" a few times a year. I listen to 4-8 hours of short story and novella length podcasts per week. This amounts to about twice my reading (mostly ebooks) or 2/3rds to 3/4ths of my literature consumption.

My most common sources are:
PRI's Selected Shorts
EscapePod
PodCastle
StarShipSofa
Lightspeed
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BBC's Play of the Week
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I'm afraid that I find listening to someone reading a book boring to the point of rendering me comatose. I find this surprising since I love, and have always loved, radio drama. I thrill, over and over to Suspense. I'm always ready to listen to Nightfall and Vanishing Point again. I eagerly await the new Ruby and Jack Flanders adventures from ZBS, but I just can't listen to someone reading a book. Not sure why. I only read books.
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