A little survey for book readers

My default playback speed is 2x, which is probably faster than I read regular books. If the narrator speaks clearly enough I’ll up it to 3x or 3.5x

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I do have a certain time to do by bike so audio book could be nice. For those that use audible do you know if you can download book and listen to them on a cellphone?

I’m not sure I understand these credit but I will be sure to look them up later thanks for the info.

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There’s an app (at least on Android, no clue for iPhone).

Basically, you get X number of credits each month (If subscribed), and any single book costs one credit. You can also get extra credits if you run out, and they stack up for a while. It does not matter if the book is 10 hours or 50 hours, both will cost one credit. Basic subscription is one credit per month.

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Oh, that’s a good tip! It could help when I’m listening on the computer (but not so much when I have a CD in the CD player :sweat_smile:).

Do you ever go back and re-listen to a section? Sometimes when I’m reading to myself I’ll reread a paragraph a few times to make sure I understand, or flip back a few pages to refresh my memory of something that got referenced later. But I find that sort of thing to be harder to do with audiobooks.

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That’s the main reason I haven’t bothered trying audiobooks. I get distracted easily and like to reread sections, so I don’t think it would work well for me. Though I do want to try listening to コンビニ人間 for practice.

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If you use the audible app, it actually has a button to go back ~15 seconds for this kind of situation.

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Might not be safe to try hitting the back button a bunch when I’m driving though. :upside_down_face:

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I just reread WAtership Down and A Wrinkle in Time. Not even sure how many times it’s been. I need to dig out my Handmaid’s Tale too.

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I have a tiny house with almost no space for bookcases and what I do have, I make room for books for my kids, so for the past 5 years, it’s been ebooks and audible. I miss the feeling of the physical books and sometimes when I’m reading complex stories, especially fantasy, I like to go back and read sections or look at maps and I find that difficult with the ereader. No sense of where the page I want is. But generally, I do like the convenience of my kindle. I almost always have it with me which means I read more. I reread books that I really enjoyed and were well-written. Sometimes I find things that I didn’t get in previous readings or glossed over due to time or the age I was when I read it.

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It’s fine if you have headphones, though. Most modern ones have a button for that.

I often start thinking about other things when listening to an audiobook then find myself spamming the back button a bit to find my place again.

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Headphones while driving is probably a worse idea. :wink:

I’m on Goodreads! I’m also Gerandpa over there if you (or anyone else) wants to be friends!

I absolutely love big fantasy books, but I just don’t have the attention span for them right now with school, work, and (sometimes) Japanese. I’m going to try and get through a lot of books once the semester ends in December since I really miss books. I’ve been reading over 100 books a year recently, but this year I’ll just barely hit that even with adding in my manga. Audiobooks are a huge help! I had to cancel my Audible account though because I haven’t been listening as much, AND I might have picked up too many books from sales over the years…

I don’t see how it’s any different from listening to the radio?

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I read way too many fanfictions :sweat_smile:
Although I startet to listen to more Audiobooks and read some physical books

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but also from the book club thread:

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I’ve seen the book threads go by and once I up my japanese some more I will definitely join one or another or at least stalk the old ones. Thanks for inviting me anyway!

Same! Maybe that’s why I love audiobooks so much now, though I’ve totally forgotten about this until you mentioned it. When I was small my mom would play different tapes of children’s stories in the room until we fell asleep. I remember we wore out a particular cassette of Peter Pan because we listened to it so much lol.

Speaking of Audiobooks, anyone else listen to some stuff from Graphic Audio? I purchased the whole Stormlight Archive and Mistborn Series (to my wallets chagrin) but they are so good! They have a full cast of voice actors for each character, music, sound-effects etc. Going back to normal audiobooks after is hard :disappointed:

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My main childhood memory of audiobooks is during long drives to france for summer vacation. Keeps the little boy in the back (me) from annoying the adults :smiley:

I’ve listened to parts of it in the version that comes on Audible, that one has a female reader for female viewpoints and a male reader for male viewpoints (the same two also read the wheel of time audiobooks), which is quite good. That might be a different version from what you’re referring to though.

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Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are great!

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Yes it’s completely different! Don’t get me wrong Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are great but I don’t mean simply 2 narrators, I mean every single character in the book has their own voice actor, the narrator being a different one. Also whenever the narrator would say stuff like, “she laughed” or “everyone gasped” in a normal audiobook, in the Graphic Audio version the actors would simply actually laugh or gasp, instead of the narrator saying they did. Same thing with sound effects, when it says “the wind howls” or something, you would actually hear wind or when people walked you heard their footsteps.

It’s basically a full production, a bit like radio-shows of old if you’ve ever heard one. Here’s a youtube link that gives you a bit of an idea.

I will go so far as to say that I prefer the Graphic Audio version to the original book! please don’t hurt me Sanderson Fans

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I hate books like that. They’re not for me, I much prefer having just one or two narrators

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I know others that don’t like it either, it’s definitely a different experience. I guess it’s a hate it or love it type of deal.

I find it’s similar to making books into movies or shows. Sometimes it turns out great, other times not so much. A lot of people also don’t like the way a character might be portrayed or sound compared to what they have in their head.

Anyway, I’d still encourage anyone to give it a shot at least! I’ll definitely look for more content like it. I already have my eye on the BBC radio show version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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