Are Audio Books Better than Reading a Book?

United States
January 14, 2010 4:38pm CST
There are many people who enjoy reading books and collecting books, but are audio books better than reading a book?
10 responses
@magic9 (981)
• China
15 Jan 10
hi, powermannx. I am doing both at the same time now. I am reading the Rich Dad, Poor Dad pdf. and listening to the audio. I love this book so much that I download it onto my mobile phone, my personal computer at home and office so that I can read it and hear it everywhere and anytime.
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• United States
21 Jan 10
Hello magic, last year I rented George Lucas Revenge of the Sith from my local library, the narration was completely astounding, it made me feel like I was a part of the story, this is one of the reasons why I love audio books.
@vycess (1590)
• Saudi Arabia
14 Jan 10
I love books... sometimes I read some novels and sometimes I listen to audiobooks. I enjoy listening to audiobooks because the narrator is making different voices and reading the story with different emotions. You can do other things while you are listening to audiobooks.
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• United States
15 Jan 10
This is one of the reasons why I love audio books, the adaptation of the narrator.
@hirumon (90)
• India
15 Jan 10
As an ardent reader my opinion is Audio books lacks the charm of the Printed books. I enjoy reading books, but i also enjoy the fresh smell of a new book, and the anticipation before opening a book for which i wished for long. I do have my collection of some antique books also. Audio books doesn't appeal me the same way..
• Philippines
15 Jan 10
It's not necessarily better, but audio books can be entertaining too. Like those soap operas on radio a long, long time ago. I once listened to an audio book on Christ's suffering during a long drive last Lenten season and it was very good.
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@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
15 Jan 10
For me, I will say it depends (this has really become my favorite phrase). Because an audio book is better IF the speaker (as in the narrator) is very clear and concise in reading out the content and the content doesn't consist of bombastic words which I don't understand. Else, I will have to repeat what was read out and tried to figure out what was read.
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• United States
15 Jan 10
I dont think so. I like reading, not being read too.
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• United States
14 Jan 10
In my opinion, no. Reading the book yourself is always better than having someone read it to you. Even though the words are the same, your brain is functioning more when you read it yourself. I also don't like audio books because I can always read faster than whoever they have reading it.
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@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
14 Jan 10
I prefer reading myself. I read much faster than they do in the audio books so I think they seem horribly slow, and fast forward is not really an option :-)
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@JDLofton (52)
• United States
14 Jan 10
I would say that reading a book would be better than listening to a book on a CD. Becaus ethe audio book, you just hear someone talk and can tune it out pretty quickly. As reading a book, It keeps your attention better and you get more of an understanding of it. Correct me if I am wrong but not all books have audio for them.
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@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
14 Jan 10
During our school year, we develop our studies and enhance our learning through he use of books. There are still lots of them in my parents book shelves and still been used are reference. I don't hear people of the new generations telling me that the audio books are better than the contemporary hard bound books. So I guess, the good old books are still better than the audio ones.
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