Loud [Booking Through Thursday]

1. What do you think of reading aloud/being read to? Does it bring back memories of your childhood? Your children’s childhood?

Growing up with parents who read (a lot) (a lot, for fun), I could not help but fall in love with books and stories as well. No idea what the first book was my parents read to me, probably one in the Miffy series by Dick Bruna, but I loved it thoroughly. My mom even read a book to me when I was about 10-11 years old: the book (in what later became a trilogy) Kinderen van Moeder Aarde1 by Thea Beckman, my favorite author. My best friend at school had already read it and as Thea Beckman was my favorite author, I knew I had to read it too. But I struggled, and I became annoyed and frustrated. Of course I would love this book, how could I not? My mom noticed my struggles and she suggested reading it to me, just the first chapters to see if she could help me get hooked.

And I did.

And I loved it.

So did my mom.

I finished the book by myself, but when I was not reading it (I guess it only took me about 2 days), she was reading it.

2. Does this affect the way you feel about audio books?

I have never thought about this. I enjoy listening to audio books, but I find that I get distracted and I will often miss whole sections if I’m not careful. I’d rather read a book (on paper or on a tablet) by myself, but listening to some books later, I find that I notice different story lines, ones I may have missed reading a book. Of course, it all depends on the person reading the book. Neil Gaiman’s books are wonderful, and we are lucky that he reads them aloud as well. His stories get more intense as you listen to the author himself reading them to you.

3. Do you now have times when you read aloud or are read to?

I don’t to someone reading a book specifically to me anymore, but when I do get a chance to listen to storytellers/-readers, I stil enjoy it very much.

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3 Replies to “Loud [Booking Through Thursday]”

  1. Ha, interessant, nooit zo erg bij stilgestaan inderdaad. Ik ben nog niet echt van de audioboeken, merk ook dat ik erg afdwaal. Wil het wel nog een kans geven, want op reis lijkt het me ideaal om een paar boeken op mijn mp3 te kunnen parkeren.

    (ps gebruikte je nou het woord ‘tablet’?! ;-))

    1. Heb wel wat audio spul voor je, help me onthouden een lijstje voor je te sturen.
      En ja, “tablet” want ik wilde niet alle e-vormen apart noemen, en zoiets is anders dan papier.

  2. I’m guessing most of you like reading (or why would you be here), how do you feel about audio books?For me, “reading” means using my eyes, not my ears. As much as I acknowledge their usefulness while doing chores or using your hands, I only ever use audiobooks for the rare long drive–listening, no matter how pleasant, is not READING, yet people persist in telling me they like to read and that audio books are their favorites. Am I the only one to feel that’s just not the same thing?
    Deb – Booking Through Thursday

    I love audiobooks, I have bought quite a few of them, but I find that I can only concentrate on one thing when listening to them.1If I’m doing something else, I have discovered I will either not listen and miss out on entire sections, or I will do whatever I was doing very badly. So when I’m in the car, I do not mind something talking on the radio, but you better hope I will not have to pay attention to it.2

    When I’m ironing for instance, bored out of my mind, I’d rather have some music than miss out on an exciting chapter in a book!

    Luckily, I travel a lot using public transport and audiobooks are just perfect for that! I’ve read read my way through Good Omens and Neverwhere3, all of Harry Potter (again, after speedreading through the paper versions), Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.4

    Come to think of it, all these books I have read in their paper versions: I guess I do not want to read a book for the first time as audiobook, because I know I will get distracted and I will lose the plot.

    I deliberately added emphasis to the verb read, because while I enjoy listening to books, I do not consider it reading. It’s a nice addition, as are radio plays or good podcast stories, but it is not the same as reading a book: be it on paper or electronically.

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    Same as with podcasts: I cannot multitask when listening to the spoken word.

    Phone calls in cars while I’m driving: not a good idea. I will turn off my phone.

    BBC Radio plays, but who cares!

    Also as BBC Radio plays.


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