Listening Is The New Reading

United States
April 25, 2018 9:15am CST
I'm a member of Amazon Prime and every few days I get recommendations from Amazon on my Kindle. When I opened my Kindle this morning the phrase "Listening is the New Reading" caught my eye. Amazon is offering some good deals on audiobooks. As an avid reader I've never listened to an audiobook. Have you? My daughter likes to listen to audiobooks when she's making her long commute on work days and it keeps her drive interesting and she would rather listen to a book than sit and read one. I'm just the opposite. I like holding a book, turning the pages and just having the whole reading experience. Of course I have lots of books downloaded on my Kindle and do enjoy using it from time to time especially if my ability to download one for free or practically free. Which reminds me that I've been so busy loving the beautiful weather that I haven't chosen a new book to read yet. That's almost a whole week without a book in my hands Egads!! I better get back in the reading mode
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@Kandae11 (35967)
25 Apr
I prefer holding a book in my hand. but I suppose audio books are convenient at times.
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• United States
25 Apr
One of my friends here on myLot says she listens to her books while she cleans. I haven't tried it but I might one day
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• India
26 Apr
Agreed
@OneOfMany (12426)
• United States
25 Apr
I like reading better than listening. I daydream when I listen to people talk...
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@andriaperry (48750)
• United States
25 Apr
LOL, I space them out more than not.
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@OneOfMany (12426)
• United States
25 Apr
@andriaperry It's why I didn't learn much during lectures in college. I was always day dreaming.
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• United States
25 Apr
I agree with that. I probably would fall asleep while listening
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@just4him (113414)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Apr
Take a book outside with you and enjoy the weather and read. That will take care of two wonderful things at the same time.
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@marlina (72793)
• Canada
25 Apr
@just4him , Excellent advice Valerie!
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• United States
25 Apr
I love to read outside but it's just been a bit too chilly. Once the weather gets really nice I sit outside on my deck in the back during the morning and my front porch in the afternoons.
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@just4him (113414)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Apr
@marlina I thought you'd appreciate that.
@LadyDuck (152520)
• Switzerland
25 Apr
I like reading books, I do not like listening to them.
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• United States
25 Apr
I've never listened to a book but I wonder about the voice of the narrator. Would I like the way they read or would they put me to sleep
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@LadyDuck (152520)
• Switzerland
26 Apr
@Marilynda1225 I need to read at my speed, to imagine the scenery and figure out the characters. I never liked to listen others read.
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• United States
26 Apr
@LadyDuck you make a very good point. I didn't take into consideration a moment to take a breath when something is happening in the book and you need to pause.
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@Icydoll (14947)
• India
25 Apr
Reading is better than listening my dear friend..I don't like audio books.. happy reading..
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@marlina (72793)
• Canada
25 Apr
I have absolutely no intention of "listening to books".
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@Icydoll (14947)
• India
25 Apr
@marlina same here dear friend
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• United States
25 Apr
I don't think I'd be fond of listening either
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@Marty1 (32560)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
25 Apr
I have listened to i Audiobooks and thought I am getting another audiobook Thursday at the library. I find recently i like a book better, but do use my Kindle sometimes, too, but i have been reading paper books from the library. But i want to listen to an audiobook while I am on my lot. Do you have any idea what book you will start? i am reading a book told by a narrator about being in battle (for the German army) in world war one. It is called "all quiet on the western front," and i am reading it for book club Saturday. Then I read the Andy Rooney book that came in the mail yesterday that I bought used from Amazon.
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• United States
25 Apr
Does the library have a good selection of audiobooks? I think the next book I read will be a thriller, possibly James Patterson
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@Marty1 (32560)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
28 Apr
@Marilynda1225 The library where I go as a huge selection of them.I am going to get an audiobook today as I am going to the library again for my book club as I forgot to get one on Thursday. I just bought another James Patterson book Thursday at a library book sale. I don't think I ever read one of his. My library friend told me David Baldacci writes like Patterson but better. Have you ever read Baldacci?
@andriaperry (48750)
• United States
25 Apr
No I have never listened to a book. I always have the paper book in my hands.
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@marlina (72793)
• Canada
25 Apr
@andriaperry Same here.
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• United States
25 Apr
If I don't have an actual book in my hands I do have some good ones downloaded on my Kindle
@BelleStarr (37666)
• United States
26 Apr
I have never listened to an audiobook but I have friends that swear by it. I have been stuggling with the same book for two months.
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• United States
26 Apr
You've been so busy lately that I'm surprised you would even have time for the things you need to do never mind read. I'm sure once you get settled back home you'll relax and read.
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@BelleStarr (37666)
• United States
27 Apr
@Marilynda1225 I actually did start a new book yesterday afternoon.
@AlisaTR (1383)
• United States
25 Apr
I like reading more. And, like you, I prefer the books and the dog-eared pages and the smells of ink and paper over the technology. Of course I have tablets and I am not above listening to a book if, say, I am in the kitchen or involved in a chore where my hands are occupied. But I would always choose to read first.
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• United States
26 Apr
You summed up exactly what I've been thinking. Guess there's a place for each in this world (real, ebooks and audio)
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@AlisaTR (1383)
• United States
26 Apr
@Courtlynn (64412)
• United States
25 Apr
oh no! hope you pick out a book today and start reading it!
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• United States
26 Apr
I've been such a slacker! not me at all
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@Courtlynn (64412)
• United States
27 Apr
@Marilynda1225 doesnt sound like it.
@Corbin5 (103216)
• United States
25 Apr
I do like listening to an audio book on long car drives, but that is it. I prefer a book in my hands.
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• United States
26 Apr
I wouldn't be able to read a book in the car but audiobook sounds like the perfect solution and it probably makes the trip go faster
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@Corbin5 (103216)
• United States
26 Apr
@Marilynda1225 It really does.
@DianneN (76155)
• United States
25 Apr
I'm with you on paper books. The one time we had an audiobook was when we drove to Williamsburg, Virginia for a vacation. Of course, I fell asleep and the book was ruined for me.
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• United States
25 Apr
I tend to think that listening to a book would either be distracting (depending on the voice of the narrator) or it would lull me to sleep. One day I'll give it a try
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@DianneN (76155)
• United States
25 Apr
@Marilynda1225 I still prefer a real paper book. I use ebooks when I fly.
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@jaboUK (53540)
• United Kingdom
26 Apr
The only time I've listened to an audio book is on a long journey in the car. Otherwise, like you I much prefer a proper book. I don't possess a kindle anyway.
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• United States
26 Apr
I would imagine listening to an audiobook while traveling would help pass the time but I think listening to an audiobook would make me sleepy
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@TRBRocks420 (75678)
• Banks, Oregon
26 Apr
I should try that, sounds like a easy way to have a bed time story lol.
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• United States
26 Apr
good point TR
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• Philippines
26 Apr
Yes, I have. I prefer to listen to self-help audio books because it's like I'm being counseled. As for other genres, I still prefer the printed ones.
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• United States
26 Apr
You make a very good point. I think I would like to listen to something inspirational
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@jstory07 (66140)
• Roseburg, Oregon
25 Apr
I have a paperback book tat I keep in my car that I can read while waiting for someone at the hospital or Doctor's for someone.
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• United States
26 Apr
that's a very good idea. My oldest daughter keeps a book in the car to read while she's waiting for the kids to get off the school bus
@Courage7 (5697)
• United States
25 Apr
There are many free audiobooks also on Amazon.
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• United States
26 Apr
Maybe I'll download one and see if I like listening
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@amadeo (64023)
• United States
25 Apr
reading for me.Unable to hear the audio.Me deaf
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• United States
25 Apr
I never thought about having hearing issues and not being able to hear an audiobook. I have trouble with the sound of the tv and I'm sure the neighbors can hear what I'm watching at times
@marlina (72793)
• Canada
25 Apr
I am a 100% reader of printed books.
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• United States
25 Apr
They are the best and I would never give them up. I do have some really good ones downloaded on my Kindle and it's easy to read at night since it lights up the pages and I can adjust the font.
@id_peace (6033)
• Singapore
25 Apr
Yes yes I listen to audiobooks and will look at the novel if it is really interesting
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• United States
25 Apr
Good to hear that you enjoy audiobooks