First time listening to an Audio Book

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I decided to try Audible for 90 days. I never understood the appeal of listening to a book. For me, reading is a calming experience and depending on the book I will slow down or speed up my reading. I will stop and just look at the world around me when a phrase inspires me. I highlight and take notes (yes, we can do that with an e-reader). Could I do that with an audiobook?

I am used to Podcasts. I normally listen to them when I am walking towards an errand, doing the dishes, running at the gym or, occasionally, driving.
When I am listening to a Podcast I sometimes catch myself wondering about my to-do list or remembering a past event. Then I realized I’ve been distracted and I come back to the listening. But that’s okay because it’s not a book, I don’t need to follow every sentence to understand the message. When I get lost I just move on.

Now, books… I like to pay attention to every sentence. It’s a contemplative experience to me. And that’s why I always thought that “listening” to a book would ruin the introspection.
This article from the New York times got me thinking about the differences between reading and listening to a book:

Is Listening to a Book the Same Thing as Reading It?

Basically the conclusion is, it depends:

Print may be best for lingering over words or ideas, but audiobooks add literacy to moments where there would otherwise be none.

So I am trying it for myself and I will see how it goes!

I chose the book The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads by Tim Wu as a first try.

The first thing I noticed is that the narrator was too slow. So I am listening at 1.25x speed. It’s better.

#reading #audiobooks #books

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