I never really listened to audiobooks until recently. I tried it a few times, when I worked as a parking lot attendant and there was an old cassette player in my booth. I would check out books on tape from the library and read along with the paper copies at work. I stopped after a while because listening to romance novels as audiobooks is kind of awkward, and I had a lot of trouble focusing on the audio, when I want to be looking at something.
Lately I've been bored with the TV shows and movies I own, and music doesn't really keep my attention while I'm knitting. I've been hoarding audiobooks for the last week, because when I visited crickettekirton
last weekend, she expressed interest in them (reading a book in Braille is incredibly time-consuming, I've discovered), and so I started listening to some of them myself. I started listening to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
last night, and Artemis Fowl
this morning, as part of my things-to-hear-while-knitting routine. It's a completely different experience compared to reading a paper copy.
I was always torn on whether to include them in my reading list. I felt like I was cheating by including them before, because I didn't read
them. I'm a visual learner, so I love seeing the words on the page. I can focus better on them, and they feel more real, like I deserve the story because visually reading seems more like I'm actively reading it, as opposed to hearing someone else read it to me. I don't give it my full attention if I just listen to it. When I read, I'm singularly focused on the story, but if I sit and listen to it, I can't just sit still; I have to be doing something else at the same time, otherwise I lose focus altogether.
There are threads on Goodreads about whether people count audiobooks on their 50 Books lists, that bring up great points about how many old stories were originally just oral histories that have only recently become printed books, and how auditory learning requires a completely different skill set. I, apparently, do not have this skill set, so forcing myself to listen to audiobooks is probably a good idea for me.
It all comes down to whether you feel it counts for you. There are people who don't even count ebooks as reading ~a real book~
Do you count audiobooks in the list of things that you've read? If you do, what's your favorite audiobook?
Great threads on reading audiobooks:Does listening to audiobooks count as reading?
Can you Count an Audio Book on your Reading List?
50 Books: Audio books...Do they count as reading?