Friday, 22 March 2019

Book Blogger Hop - Do you read along with your Audio books?

This week's question (22nd to 28th March 2019) is:
Do you read along with your Audio books? (submitted by Angelica @ Paperback Princess)

I can honestly say it had never occurred to me to read along with an audio book, but this is mostly to do with the reasons I first started listening. For me, reading a book is primarily about sitting quietly in a comfortable chair! I got into audiobooks years ago when I used to commute to work - i.e. lots of noise and UNcomfortable seating! Audiobooks were perfect to distract me from the realities of travel on Eastbourne's buses. I can't read on a bus (or in cars or coaches) because it swiftly makes me travel sick so audiobooks were the perfect solution. I also got into the habit of listening while walking too.
Now I no longer commute, I have found I hardly listen to audiobooks at all which is a shame as I do enjoy them. I can't just sit and listen because I doze off so I need to get back into the habit of grabbing my headphones whenever I go for a solitary walk.


The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

16 comments:

  1. Audiobooks were the highlight of my train commute. Like you, I can't read on transport of I get travel sick. I hated to waste all that time. Now, I drive in but I still listen to audiobook in the car.

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    1. My partner doesn't like audiobooks so we can't listen while driving which is a shame. We do listen to half hour radio comedies though. Count Arthur Strong is our current favourite

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  2. I don't get sick on moving vehicles so I never even though of using audiobooks while commuting. I always read while on buses or trains, maybe with a non-word music playing in my earbuds to help me concentrate. I get distracted easily while listening to stuff so I won't be able to remember what I've listened from the audiobook, anyway. Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. I can't listen to songs with lyrics while I'm reading either. Has to be instrumentals!

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  3. I don't get the point of reading along while listening to the audio book. I read much faster than I listen so that would be a giant mess! For me the audio book is useful for times when you can't read the physical book ie cooking, driving etc so I don't see the point in using two formats at one time.

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    1. Plus there's the whole buying it twice expense!

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  4. No I don't but I am usually listening to one title on my phone and a different title in my car cd player.
    Joy@Books and Life

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    1. Oh goodness, changing between two audio books would definitely have me mixing up the storylines!

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  5. I tried listening to an audiobook a few years ago and I was bored silly. I can read a 200 page book in about two hours so listening to it just isn't time effective for me.

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    1. I find them a bit on the slow side too. This is better for classics where I tend to read ahead too fast and miss important details(!), otherwise audio only really works for me whilst doing something else like walking

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  6. I was thinking about it, and I think I picked up audiobooks to help me sleep originally. Especially when my mind would go so fast I couldn't settle in. I'm a regular listener now, but I don't tend to follow along.

    eli @ the (book) supplier
    My BBH

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    1. If I'm not moving about, audiobooks can put me to sleep very quickly! It must be left over from bedtime stories as a kid. That steady narration style of talking means time to go to sleep!

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  7. I read along with audiobooks for certain genres. Since I tend to read a little fast, my speed is relatively faster than most audiobook listeners. Normally, I read and listen in the evening. Then, when my eyes are tired, I just listen. While I enjoy it, I know the multi-sensory reading method is not for everyone.

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    1. Interesting that you can switch formats within the same book. I think I need to stick with either one or the other

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  8. I can't read in moving vehicles either. Except planes. I'm good on planes. A definite plus of audiobooks.

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    1. I can read on planes, trains and cross-channel ferries, but not cars or buses. I've no idea why!

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