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OfflineSteve Buscemi

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    #577516 - 08/10/11 10:03 AM (6 years, 10 months ago)

I've never tried one so I have a few questions:
Do you retain the same amount of info as reading?
Does it feel as fulfilling as reading?
Is it boring to listen to someones voice when you could speed through the book anyway?
Are they useful in school?

Also on a semi-related note, should I really get a kindle?

Edited by Steve Buscemi (08/10/11 10:03 AM)

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Re: Audiobooks [Re: Steve Buscemi]
    #577520 - 08/10/11 11:01 AM (6 years, 10 months ago)

I am an incredibly slow reader so I love audio books. Mainly I listen to them while in a car or lying down. You can just relax at let someone tell you this incredible story(depending on what book they're reading) As far as Kindles go they're pretty nifty too. My dad got a Nook from Barnes & Noble and he loves it!


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Re: Audiobooks [Re: cadillax]
    #577530 - 08/10/11 11:39 AM (6 years, 10 months ago)

I like having them mostly for background noise while I'm cleaning, doing dishes or for long drives but the quality of narration is really variable. If you're paying attention you can retain it as well as reading but it's easy to zone out and realize you weren't listening to the last two or three minutes. I'd say for scholastic purposes you're probably better off actually reading it unless it's something like Shakespeare that should really be read aloud.

If you're a Douglas Adams fan he read all of his own books for the audio books so those are really, really well read. I've listened to him reading 'Dirk Gentley's Holistic Detective Agency' probably twenty times and I still love it to death.

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Re: Audiobooks [Re: Steve Buscemi]
    #577533 - 08/10/11 11:44 AM (6 years, 10 months ago)

Every audiobook i came across had readers with annoying fucking voices. Never finished an audio book

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Re: Audiobooks [Re: King Koopa]
    #577535 - 08/10/11 12:02 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

I like teh pretty pictures in my books so no go on them audiobooks.


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Re: Audiobooks [Re: Steve Buscemi]
    #577561 - 08/10/11 02:21 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

Audiobooks are awesome for road trips when you are driving and need something other than music to keep your attention.  If I was just sitting around I would rather read though.

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Re: Audiobooks [Re: Tangerines]
    #577597 - 08/10/11 07:02 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

Both times I used audiobooks I loved it, though I like to keep quotes and leave marks so I can find certain things later, so a book would be ideal. For everything else though, audiobooks in my experience, are great. It's awesome being able to close your eyes and relax while still enjoying a story, all the information etc is just like the book. Sometimes you'll get quality audiobooks that even have different voices for different characters. Audiobooks are convenient for a lot of things, doing daily things that don't require your full attention, you don't usually have the ability to multitask properly with normal books, but with audiobooks, you can.

I listened to the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins on audiobook, he reads that himself as well, rarely there's a woman that speaks for when it's about him being quoted or something like that. Audiobooks can be great, but of course the quality can vary. I'd recommend regular books for studying purposes, though. Audiobooks are also great before you go to sleep, not having to strain your eyes or keep a light on.

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Re: Audiobooks [Re: Cage]
    #577778 - 08/11/11 07:58 PM (6 years, 10 months ago)

I tried to use one today but the guy had a british accent and I fell asleep somewhere in the 2nd chapter.

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