Saturday, June 27, 2015

Let's Talk Audiobooks!

It's that time again....

June's vlog has been created! It's a bit sloppy, since I threw it together a bit quickly today, but I hope you enjoy it!





Do you like audiobooks? When do you use them? Travel? Commuting? Working out? Let me know in the comments!

11 comments:

  1. ".....sleeping like a corpse". XD *giggles*

    I was a HUGE audio-book lover when I was a kid too! Although I only ever listened to Lemony Snicket and The Chronicles of Narnia. xD But just this year I got back into them...like all the audio books are mine mwhahhahh *eats audio books* Mostly I'm listening to Game of Thrones. But I loved Elizabeth Wein's books on audio and I listened to Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, which was an interesting experience. hmm. The problem with audios is you can't skim. xD ANYWAY. I listen while I fold origami for my etsy store, so it's awesome: I get to work and "read" books. xD

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    1. She wanted to be in the video but then she fell asleep. So I put her in anyway. :-P

      Yes. I was kind of scatterbrained in the video, but I also wanted to address that - you can't skim in audiobooks. You can't flip backwards. It's harder to mark quotes you like. I think that's why I'm not into them right now - they feel like a bit of a hassle when I review.

      But so true - they help with finding valuable reading time and multitasking! And I love that!

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  2. I'm so bad with audiobooks! I just can't concentrate on them, but I'd love to try them again. I recently got a free voucher for one from Amazon so I might try again, with the right book this time!

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    1. Ooh free vouchers are always nice! They are hard to concentrate on - I find the same thing. I think it's because you can't go back and read tough parts.

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  3. I remember listening too a lot of audiobooks when I was younger too, not because I was homeschooled (there is actually no homeschooling in Germany) but because when I was eight, my mother somehow didn't want to read out for my brother as she had done to me, so we listened to audiobooks, later I read to him. I think I've heard "The little ghost" by Otfried Preu├čler for hundreds of times again and again.

    Lately, I actually don't always like audiobooks. Some of them are great and I especially love listening to children's books as audios (because they're short) but often I think the speaker doesn't always reflect what I personally thought when I read it, I listened to Artemis Fowl for example and I think, the audiobook isn't bad, but isn't the same. Probably, that's why audiobooks are counted as adaptations, just the way movies are, though the are simpler.

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    1. Ah yes, it's sometimes tough when they pick a bad actor for the reading. We were actually super lucky with ours, we had some excellent readers, though I do remember an awful reader for a set of Tolkien's poems that my mother found. We still joke about the weird way he pronounced things!

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  4. I actually have never used an audiobook. I know, it sort of sad considering how much I work out, and my love of reading. I never really thought of using an audiobook to be able to read and workout at the same time but it's a great way to do it!!

    Alex @ Book Chick
    http://bookchick2013.blogspot.ca/2015/06/when-youre-back-by-abbi-glines-arc.html

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    1. IF I worked out, I would totally use audiobooks more I think...
      But I never work out, so oh well. :-P

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  5. Love this!
    Audio books were a huge part of my childhood as well. I'd have to say that my first experience with them was Pilgrim's Progress, yes, they were tapes and sometimes quite odd. After that came Ben Hur, Les Mis, Oliver Twist, and the Chronicles of Narnia.
    Though a bit of the same thing has happen with us, we still listen to them around the house when we're cleaning.
    I don't know if this will work, but Amazon's audio library ( I think) is able to download things to your device so you can listen to it without internet access. Hope that works for you!

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    1. Radio music is default when we clean around here. :-P Though audiobooks then are a lovely idea!

      Ooh I'll check that out! I'm also going to have a chat with my local librarians and see what they can set me up with.

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  6. I promised I would comment on this... three months later. Ha ha. Well, I am as old as dirt so my first audiobooks were little 45 rpm records. I had a set of ten, and they were each a different color. The two stories I remember most were The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Ridinghood. When I was 11 my cousin gave me an album of a British theater group doing Alive in Wonderland and I think I must have listened to it 500 times! When my son was little things had progressed to cassette tapes, and we borrowed tons of tapes from.the library. His favorite was his own copy of Johnny Appleseed. He was obsessed. His cousins all pretended to be super heroes, and Sebastian would put a saucepan on his head and pretend to be Johnny Appleseed. Now, after being harped on to try audiobooks for the last five years by my sister, I love them. I only buy them (for my Kindle) if they are under $4.00, and I have also found quite a few freebies here and there. The best thing is if you have a Kindle, and you keep your eye out, you can find great "added narration" deals. I buy books on special for 99¢ and then add the narration from 99¢ to $2.99. The best is when you find a free classic that has a 99¢ added narration. Our library also has a download system for audiobooks. I don't know how good it is because I haven't used it yet, but my sister uses it a bit. I like being able to multitask while "reading" and I have some classics to re"read" in audio form. This was a wonderful post and video blog idea. :)

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