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Audio Books vs. "Real" Books Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)23:53 UTC+1 No.5058677 Report

So what's your opinion on audio books?

I feel like such a plebeian for listening to them. I used to read books normally, but when they really started getting popular 7 or 8 years ago I started listening to them and now I rarely read actual books.

It's a different experience, and perhaps the reader doing voices takes away from what might be your own unique envisioning of a character, but I don't think it makes a huge difference in the long run. You still enjoy the story just the same. And it's just so much more convenient. You can listen to them in the car, in the dark, etc.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)00:09 UTC+1 No.5058722 Report

i loved the jaws book on tape. good time killers for long highway drives/commutes.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)00:22 UTC+1 No.5058769 Report

It's ok to like audiobooks, OP. I listen to them sometimes. Obviously a good speaker makes all the difference. I commute, and now that it's summer and I don't want to carry a book I usually listen to an audiobook. As long as you can access the story somehow you're in the right direction.
totally unrelated but for some reason this is the second time today the captcha has been my lucky number, 110. what does it mean?
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)00:34 UTC+1 No.5058804 Report

>>5058677
The are great, pic related they are all audiobooks.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)01:04 UTC+1 No.5058892 Report

>>5058677
A good narrator can elevate a work.

Not every book is worth actually reading.

Audiobooks shine best when you have an otherwise droning activity. Work commute, office work, exercise, etc.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)01:08 UTC+1 No.5058904 Report

If someone says "have you read x" and you've listened to the audiobook do you just say "yeah"?

Can I say I've read it if I've just heard it??

Moral dilemmas of the 21st century literary master such as myself.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)01:14 UTC+1 No.5058927 Report

>>5058904
Say yeah I listened to the audio book you fucking autist.

Why would you lie about that to someone? Do you really need to have your ego validated so badly that you'd lie about which books you've read because you couldn't bare the thought of someone thinking you weren't the well read scholar you fancy yourself as?
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)01:17 UTC+1 No.5058936 Report

>>5058927
It just seems so unnecessary if someones like "did you read xxxxx? what did you think of the bit with the eagle?" to be like "yeah, well, I mean, I listened to the audiobook" then the conversation could turn to audiobooks when you just want to talk about the book.

I'm not talking about straight-up lying, just acting like you read it and not going out of your way to correct anyone you speak with about it.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)01:21 UTC+1 No.5058949 Report

>>5058936
Let the fucking conversation go where it goes. Why would you be anything but honest about trivial shit like this?
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)01:26 UTC+1 No.5058961 Report

>>5058949
But should you bring it up?
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)03:17 UTC+1 No.5059439 Report

>>5058949
>>5058927
You're the aspie here.

>>5058936
Just say you read it. Who gives a fuck? You both experienced the exact same story and it's not like the other person will ever know the difference. Or say you listened to the audio book if you don't care what the other person thinks. Fuck it.
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