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.
I've been reading "The Complete Stories of Arthur C. Clarke," and twice now - once within a story, and another time in an essay - he espouses the symphonies of Jean Sibelius as being among the pinnacle of human achievement. Here is the relevant part of the essay:
"Nothing in this world is ever really new, yet everything is in some way different from all that has gone before. At least once in his life even the dullest of us has found himself contemplating with amazement and perhaps with fear, some thought so original and so startling that it seems the creation of an exterior, infinitely more subtle mind. Such thoughts pass through the consciousness so swiftly that they are gone before they can be more than glimpsed, but sometimes like comets trapped at last by a giant sun, they cannot escape and from their stubborn material the mind forges a masterpiece of literature, of philosophy or music. From such fleeting, fragmentary themes are the Symphonies of Sibelius built—perhaps, with the Theory of Relativity and the conquest of space, the greatest achievements of the century before the year 2000." -- Arthur C. Clarke, "Reverie," from The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke.
So I'm listening to those symphonies right now. (Note: Karajan, who conducts in the video below, received Sibelius's blessings as the "only conductor" who truly understands these works.)
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Post by coastwatcher on Nov 10, 2019 20:38:03 GMT -5
I’m watching/listening to the first series of Midsomer Murders, one of my favorite shows, on DVD.
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