What's your take on audio books, as far as their value and place in your reading life, Do they inhibit your mind from creating character voices, by forcing you to hear what is usually an older man's gravely time ridden vocal cords speak the dialogue. Do you think they're good for certain books perhaps the classic epics or other stories based in spoken the spoken tradition. Also looking for your take on their intellectual value as compared to their written counterparts.
I think they're good for pulpy scifi and mystery novels I listen to during transit or out on a walk at night or lying on my bed with some alcohol or drugs, but I wouldn't ever use one for a book I really took seriously unless I'd read it before.
I always listen to then while working out, driving, cutting grass, etc. I usually can only listen to an hour or so at a time unless it's something really compelling. I like listening to fiction way more than nonfiction. Also depends on the reader, the guy who read "Bonfire of the Vanities" was amazing and significantly increased my enjoyment of the book.
They make books entertaining instead of a chore.
It's like a miracle. Literature would be almost inaccessible to me without them, whereas, with them, I've "read"/listened/consumed hundreds of books.
it is hard for me to listen, in some time I doze off and have to rewind.
I like them. I think it's interesting to hear a story read (original form aloud. It also lets me "read" a book or story in the car or at the gym. I also find that the books I do on audio are books I wouldn't otherwise "read" and allows me to do multiple stories at once. Right now I'm doing the Harry Potter series (made a deal with the wife, shes doing LOTR now) in paperback and some Steinbeck on audio.
Nice taste, OP. I'm on the last twenty pages of Neuromancer, myself. Reading a paperback, though.
I bought the Necronomicon, but still prefer listening to this guy narrate Lovecraft's short stories. Try listening to these while lying in bed with the lights off at night. It's quite spooky in a comfy way.
What's it called when you're not dyslexic, but are a slow reader who gets distracted easily and has to re-read a lot?
I only listen to
- short stories (anything under 1 hour)
I tried to follow fiction noverls in audiobooks but for some reason they just don't work for me. But short fiction and non-fiction does.
Also on a somewhat related matter I like radioplays. BBC has a lot. In those they not just read it, but adapt it so those work pretty damn good for me.