Last night and today I have been listening to an audiobook borrowed via Overdrive from our library....
Hmmh; my wife (who is not an "early adopter") just checked out her very first Overdrive the last time we were at the library, Friday. I don't know if she started it yet.
It's funny, after all the hype, ebook sales have flattened right out, while both sales and library circulation of audiobooks have skyrocketed the last couple of years. I read fairly quickly and retain printed words better than spoken words, and I don't drive that much any more, so I haven't listened to a lot of audiobooks. I've read a number of ebooks, but I don't seem to remember them as well as I do "regular" ones. I don't know if that's me or if there's something about the medium being less tactile.
I like listening to audiobooks when I am doing something else...like working on my stamps at my desk. My commute to and from work is not that long that it makes sense for me to listen in my car, though sometimes when my wife and I are on long trips we will listen to an audiobook that both of us like.
I don't listen to them often and at first I thought the same as you, that I didn't retain what I was listening to as well as the printed word but after a couple of times listening to them I find this isn't true. I also remember when I was in elementary school and listening to teachers read to us in class...books like Old Yeller and Charlotte's Web....and I remember becoming engrossed at that time, so why not as an adult?
It is just different, and after awhile I became attuned to listening again.
No longer in denial! I collect all of it...the whole world! Just printing and mounting as I go! Call me crazy.
I love listening to music while I play with my stamps. I've been searching for a good online classical site with a minimal amount of advertising. Tonight I happened across Accuradio.com and so far I'm enjoying it. The few ads have been brief. I can handle that.
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