So you know how I always say I can’t listen to audiobooks (or I’ve tried and can’t quite get them)? Well, I just realized (yet again) that… that’s not true at all! I just remembered… I listen to audiobooks all the time. BUT!! There’s a caveat:
Maryse: Strange book realization… I have a hard time listening to fiction audiobooks. I need to READ them. Yet, I struggle to read self-help & financial books. I need to LISTEN to them. *hrmph* 😑😒😏 So. Weird.
Corinne: Lol I’m the complete opposite! Haha!
Bethany: Yes! I can’t. I’ve tried. I can only do nonfiction. Fiction messes with me because I need to picture everything in my head.
A.D. YES!!! I fall asleep listening to fiction audiobooks and can’t concentrate on non-fiction books. LOL
Aidee: I need to read everything, otherwise it just becomes background noise 😬
N.E. I can’t read non-fiction. I can only do audio books. But fiction, I prefer to read rather than listen.
Caroline: Long or complicated books I have to listen to. I can’t focus and follow when I’m reading them myself…
Candace: I need those written words to pour over. I guess this means I’m a lousy listener!
Magan: Same! Non-fiction or humor has been my jam in audio lately, though. Bad Blood the story of Theranos was AMAZING and before that it was Amy Poehler’s ‘Yes Please’ also amazing in audio. I think if I tried to read them I wouldn’t be able to actually focus.
Mo: This is me!!!!!
Stacey: I can only listen to non-fiction audio. Then I take notes and pay attention like I’m some college student. It’s the only way i remember anything. But for fiction it just becomes background noise. I’ve been known to read a book, while listening to a different one. lol.
Yep. I think it’s from my old school days (and how I would learn). I can really lose myself in a story and not even realize I’m reading by using my eyes (and my brain starts playing it for me like a movie in my mind). For me feel it, I need to read it and hold it… but listening to it does become background noise on and I miss important parts of a story that I didn’t get to act out in my mind as I read.
Yet being “taught” and lectured (via these self-help or non-fiction audiobooks) is like listening to a teacher. Reading it would seem boring to me (like a textbook) but listening to a teacher speak, with passion and proper focus on certain important aspects reigns me (and my attention span) in.
P.S. I just finished an awesome “teaching” audiobook on finances (and investing)!! *snore* right? NOPE!! It was AWESOME. I’ll be reviewing it next. 😉 You’ll see!
How about you? Any unusual needs or patterns when it comes to your reading and/or listening?
bev: Yes, I like non fiction audio books. But more the memoir type. Though Aristotle and Dante is a masterpiece in audio. Same. I loved a good lecturer. Like a good history teacher? Awesome. Also, if I need to memorize something I read it aloud to myself.
JulieO: Only time I listen to books is in the car. Got started a few years ago when I had to drive an hour each way to work. It was a great drive because wasn’t in the city and not a lot of traffic and was an interstate so I wasn’t stressed about driving. I really enjoyed that year and listened to many great books. Many Stephen kings, Outlander series and some classics like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Jane Eyre. But if I had the choice would always read.
Ashley: I love both! A lot of times I’ll read a book and then I’ll listen to it later since I listen to them while I work. If I already know the storyline and do get distracted by something it’s easier to pick it back up or follow along. If I’m listening to a book while I’m working it has to be while I’m doing routine work though because I still picture everything in my head and that takes a certain level of concentration. I love the different mediums and with audiobooks sometimes the persons performing them can elevate a book to a new level. That being said I feel weird if I haven’t read a book in a while, like I’ve been deprived….. I think I’m addicted to reading.
I do agree with it being easier to listen to nonfiction books when I (rarely) read those they lose me really quickly. But I do find them more interesting while listening.
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