09/02/2015

When Do You Get Down with Audio Books? {The Birdie Musings}


Audio books can be the biggest pain.

You see, I can't use audio books like I use music. I can't listen to it in the background while I do other things. If I'm going to listen to a book on audio, then I need to give it my full attention.

Which means I can't listen to it while I'm at work. Or while I'm writing, or doing anything else.

Except driving. Listening to audio books while I'm in the car is awesome and one of my favourite things to do. Because then I'm reading while driving and THAT IS THE BEST KIND OF MULTI-TASKING.

It's also not something I could ever do with a paperback because . . . well, danger.

The car seems to be the only place where I can get down with my audio. Whether I'm the one doing the driving, or whether I'm a passenger (which means I can put my earbuds in and shut out the world like the anti-social person I am).

I can't even listen to audio while randomly browsing the Internet. Because it distracts me and I end up missing important sentences and THINGS GET CONFUSING.

So basically, I need to either be in a vehicle or curled up in bed with my door closed so there are no distractions. Otherwise that audio is not getting listened to. 

When I hear of people who listen to audio books while at work or while doing other things, I'm like, how do you do this magic? My brain would explode.
 
Can you multi-task when you listen to audio books, or do you need to be focused like me? What's your favourite way of reading: audio, paperback, or e-books?

Allie is trying to eat all the cake and junk food she has while she still can. Because Lent is just around the corner and every year she gives up cake, biscuits and chocolate for forty days. She's not sure why she insists on torturing herself like this. Maybe it's so when she eats forty chocolate eggs on Easter, it will all even out . . .
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67 comments:

  1. I like to listen to audio books while I knit or crochet. It gives my hands something to do so I don't feel entirely unproductive! So few books seem to have an audio version though, so I love paperbacks. And e-books. And just about anything.

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    1. Ahh that's a good idea! If only I could knit :P

      It can be a lot of trouble finding audio books but also finding ones that have the right narrator. A terrible narrator can just ruin the entire book, even if it's one I loved in PB

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  2. I cannot, I repeat, CANNOT multitask while listening to audiobooks. It may seem like some magical people can, but I wouldn't recommend it. New research is coming out that claims to prove that there is no such thing as multitasking, just rapid task switching that slows you down an causes you to make more mistakes. (http://www.forbes.com/sites/nickmorrison/2014/11/26/the-myth-of-multitasking-and-what-it-means-for-learning/)

    Anyway, nerd fact aside, I always prefer hardbound books. However audiobooks are perfect when I am super sick and/or during long car rides.

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    1. ME EITHER WE CAN BE USELESS TOGETHER haha.

      I always prefer hardcopies too! But it's always nice to have lots of different types of book, so you're always covered depending on your needs

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  3. I wish I could get into these more because I know I would get so much more read but I struggle with them a lot of the time. I just can't seem to pay attention like I should.

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    1. They're brilliant for when you're driving - try them then!

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  4. Audiobooks while driving for the win!! I have an hour + commute each way to work and drive even MORE on school nights. Since I started listening to audiobooks my commute has gotten SO MUCH BETTER and I feel like I'm not just wasting hours in the car every week. I love it. I also listen to audiobooks when I work out and when I do other mindless tasks like laundry and cleaning - but key word there being mindless. I can't listen to them while working or anything that requires other thoughts - I don't know how people do it. The only time I MIGHT consider doing this is if I am re-reading a book via audio and don't need to catch every word, than maybe. Great discussion!

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

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    1. Ahh see, this is my issue because my commute is so short that I hate having to switch off the car and go into work because I'll always be RIGHT in the middle of a good bit. It's a bloody nightmare!

      Yeah, I think if I was doing a re-read via audio, I could probably multi-task as dipping in and out wouldn't really matter. But then, I don't tend to listen to books I've already read often

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  5. I never listen to audiobooks, but I love the idea of listening in the car. I'd just be worried that it would lull me to sleep - either that, or I'd be too engrossed to ever get out of the car!
    Beth x
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    1. Haha, they're too exciting to send me to sleep. I don't listen to a lot of them, as it's hard to find the ones I want. But I think they're a good idea if you're not sure about a book - just buy the audio and see if you like that before investing in the PB

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  6. I listen to audiobooks while I drive, on the train, on my way to class, and at work. I have wireless headphones so I listen to audiobooks for as long as I can. I once listenened to one in class! (Albeit I didn't pay attention to the class, haha). I get what you mean, I like giving audiobooks my full attention as well. However I can't actually just sit down and listen to an audiobook. I NEED to be doing something else because if not I just feel reckless.

    Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms.

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    1. You're sorted! You've got audio down, girl. I'M JEALOUS. I always forget to listen to it when I'm just walking around or whatever. My memory is ridiculous.

      I'm kind of the opposite! Sometimes, it's nice to just lie in bed, close my eyes, and listen to a book. It means I don't need to worry about finding the right 'reading position'!

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  7. I don't do the whole audiobook thing. I know that it's a pretty good way to "read" especially on the move, but I like the feel of paper books, the smell, etc.

    Audiobooks are easier to transport, but I like the whole process of buying books and then taking them home - and I like to show off how many books I've read on my shelves c;

    I suppose that it's good to listen to audiobooks when doing stuff like driving, but, and I know this sounds weird, I just don't get that same sense of 'accomplishment' when I don't have a paper book to mark off my list.

    Amy;
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    1. I like that process too – which is why I don't tend to buy a lot of ebooks. PBs are my thing and I like having a tangible book. BUT audio is good for books I'm not sure I'll like, as they're only a few quid

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  8. For some reason I always have the hardest time to focus on an audio-book, even when I'm doing nothing else. My mind just starts to wander to other things.. It's just not the same experience as holding a book where I get sucked into the world and feel connected to the characters.

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    1. You're as easily distracted as I am! Trust me though, light some candles, close your eyes, put your headphones on . . . audio books can be a dream

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  9. I can't even listen to music and do other things. My brain will only focus on one thing at a time. With audiobooks, that unfortunately means that I might spend the whole time being annoyed by the narrator's voice rather than concentrating on the story.

    I prefer reading words on a page. E-books or paper books... I'll read either. I guess I have a slight preference for physical books, but I tend to read mostly e-books because it's easier (and cheaper).

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    1. Oh really? I love having music as 'background noise' while I'm doing things. Except for writing. I am NOT one of those people that can listen to music while I write. It's far too distracting

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  10. I have a hard time reading audio books at all because I get distracted so easily. I will give them another try. But I will probably listen to them either when I am working out or while traveling. But there is no way I could listen to one while cleaning or something like that.

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    1. Working out would be good! Or, yeah, on the plane. Then you can just close your eyes and get comfortable and relax while someone else tells you a story

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  11. I can only multitask effectively while audiobook-ing if it's something I've read before, like Harry Potter. Otherwise, driving, exercising, and getting ready in the morning are the perfect times to listen to a book. I get through a surprisingly large number of them that way. Last year I managed to listen to 55 books! I also listen to a book every night to help fall asleep, but I then I have to rewind in the morning, so I don't always make much progress.

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    1. 55! Holy wow. I don't think I've listened to any more than 5. LOL. You're like a super star!

      I don't think I could fall asleep listening to a book. I'd be far too excited to get tired

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    2. Haha, yeah, I may be a liiiittle obsessed!

      Sometimes falling asleep is a problem. Eleanor and Park? I stayed awake half the night until I finally realized I was an idiot and turned it off. Usually, though, I'm able to half-listen as I drift in and out. I set a timer on the OverDrive app on my phone, so it automatically turns off after half an hour, and then I just have to find my place in the morning. :)

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    3. Ooh, there's an app for listening? I'll have to look it up! How much does OverDrive cost?

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    4. I downloaded it for free from the app store! I get audiobooks from my library's e-site, and they download straight into OverDrive. I highly recommend it!

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    5. Ohhh I didn't know about this! THAT IS AWESOME.

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  12. I actually can listen when I am working, but only when I am not typing something lol. I kinda sometimes miss a few things, but for the most part I catch everything
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. Yeah, typing and trying to listen is the worst. Which is why I CANNOT listen to music or audio or anything while I'm writing. It distracts me so much

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  13. Luckily I can listen to them during work and when just surfing the internet. Sometimes I even just listen to them when I'm making dinner or doing the dishes.

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    1. HOW DO YOU DO THIS MAGIC? My brain cannot focus

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  14. To be completely honest Allie, I've never really seen the appeal for audiobooks. I haven't started driving yet, but maybe by that point they'll be a helpful tool. I just feel that it's much faster reading the book myself than listening to it on tape, so it feels a bit pointless to me. However, whenever I read I always need to be focused - especially if I'm reading the book for review or whatnot. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous discussion! <3

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    1. Trust me, Zo, they're a lifesaver in the car. I didn't read Cinder originally, I got it on audio first and it was great because it meant I could listen to that in the car and while getting read for work etc. And then read my PB version of another book the rest of the time. No time was wasted!

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  15. I've actually never tried to listen to an audiobook. I'm not an audio learner even though... I am [I tested for all three in a three way split.] I'd never be opposed to it, but it just seems like it would take my full undivided attention, especially if I don't have the book in front of me as a reference.

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    1. It takes most of my attention too. I can listen to it if I'm doing a meaningless task or something that's instinctual (like driving), but other than that I need to give it my full attention or I end up having to rewind so many times

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  16. I have never listened to an audiobook! I had thought about it, before my daughter could talk. But now... she is really loud, and talks through every car trip, with ten million questions. I could never focus on a book over her pondering the meaning of life. (Seriously, the kid is an evil genius!) And now that her brother talks too... well, audiobooks are NOT in my immediate future. I am also admittedly a bit of a coward about them ;) Because to answer your question, I absolutely cannot focus on two things. Even music and blogging is touch and go!
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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    1. Never, never? Ohhhhhh. You should! I imagine it would be super difficult with kids though because you never really have time to put your earphones in and shut out the world. And in a car with kids . . . they'd definitely not give you enough peace haha.

      I can't do music and writing! I'm mostly okay while blogging (moooooostly), but if I'm writing (an essay, a book etc.) music is a no-go

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  17. I HAVE THIS PROBLEM! I've tried audiobooks once or twice, but I'm so easily distracted I have to either give my full attention to the audiobook or just not listen to it. One thing I haven't tried is driving with them yet. Maybe next time I'm in the care I'll put a podcast on and see how that goes.

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    1. Do it! I just use my bluetooth so it goes through my speakers and BAM. Reading while driving. It means no time is wasted and I get to do something semi-productive on my commute to work

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  18. Girl, I am the same! I have to be doing nothing else if I'm listening to an audiobook because I cannot multitask like that to save my life. Seriously. I DONT GET ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO LISTEN TO AUDIOBOOKS ALMOST EVERYDAY. IT'S IMPOSSIBLE ;__;

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    1. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE. Especially while at work. Like, how? HOW DO YOU DO THESE THINGS, PEOPLE? I'm convinced their aliens or superheroes or something

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  19. I've never listened to an audiobook before, but maybe that's something I should think about doing. I've just gotten a new job, with better money, so I'm thinking of learning to drive. I'm very nervous as part of me thinks I will be dangerous behind the wheel. But hopefully if I manage to pass my test and get a car one day, I can start listening to audiobooks on my way to work. I feel like that would be the only time I could really listen, not sure I'd be able to multi task whilst trying to listen to one.

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    1. Oh, don't be nervous! Honestly driving is the most fun and relaxing thing. Once you get the hang of it, you'll never go back. It's such an escape and just becomes as easy as breathing :)

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  20. I don't listen to audio books much because I can't give them the same concentration as I can give to physical books. I've actually tried listening to it during long car drives, but I always fall asleep in the car (don't worry, I can't drive yet). I also would rather hear the voice in my own head instead of someone else's voice reading the book to me, but that's just my preference. So yep. No audiobooks for me.

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    1. LOL. Yeah, falling asleep while driving could be bad ;)

      I can never seem to fall asleep if I'm listening to something, like music or a book. I pay too much attention and my brain won't switch off

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  21. I wish I knew how people could listen to audiobooks while doing chores or cooking or gardening, because I can't. Like you, if I'm going to listen to an audiobook, I need to drop EVERYTHING and focus, otherwise, 5 minutes later, I would have forgotten everything. I really can't multi-task like that. That's why the only audiobooks I've actually finished were when I was in a car ride with nothing to do O.O I wish my brain could handle two tasks at once!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. We need to train our brains in the art of multi-tasking. I literally have to be doing something monotonous for me to be able to listen to audio books. If the task requires brain power, then audio is a no-go. WHY DO OUR BRAINS RESIST IN THIS WAY?

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  22. You know, I have not once tried an audio book. Honestly I don't think I could do it if I were reading the book for the first time. I have to be able to go at my own pace and be able to re-read passages if I want to. An audio book would certainly take that away from me. But I would like to try one for a book I've already read - The Scorpio Races will probably be my first go around. Or maybe for a book that I would normally DNF but could suffer through it whenever I had time in the car?

    Great post! I have a slight preference for e books because they're easier for me to read, but I do love owning my favorites.

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    1. Not once? TRAVESTY. They're so good for car journeys and such (especially since I can't read physical books in the car, because I get travel sick :( it is a nightmare).

      The Scorpio Races would be great! Actually, anything by Maggie Stiefvater would be good!

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  23. Honestly, I just marvel at anybody who manages to listen to an audio book at all. I haven't really tried to listen to one yet, but if I do I'm sure I won't be patient enough at all. You are a hero. *Bows*

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    1. They're such a time saver sometimes! Especially if, unlike me, you're actually capable of this multitasking business

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  24. Me and audio books don't go. I actually haven't been able to fully go through one. I just physically can't. I'd only ever be able to fully invest in an audiobook if I sat down, faced a corner and didn't look up. But that completely defeats the purpose of audio books so I guess they just don't work for me *sigh*

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    1. Have you never tried them in the car in place of music? Sometimes it's a nice break from just listening to a bunch of random songs

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  25. THE DISTRACTION. I am the worst kind of reader/watcher/anything, I always get up and do stuff in the middle of it. So I would totally miss parts of an audiobook, which is why I had trouble getting into them.

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    1. I think that's why when I listen to audio I need to actually set aside time. Just kick back in bed with some candles on and listen!

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  26. Hubby loves audio books too. He spends around 90 minutes in the car traveling to a from work each day, and the same songs and radio gets tedious after a while. He's been getting into YA science fiction lately and really enjoying it. I never thought about listening to them while I'm gardening. That's a brilliant idea. There's only so many times I can serenade my neighbours by singing Bruno Mars with my iPod in. Great topic as always Allie and thanks for the idea. Going to hunt some down now <3

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    1. Oh wow, that's a long commute! Audio is definitely needed then! I can never find any YA sci-fi that lives up to my expectations – what's your hubby reading?

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  27. I've actually never listened to an audio book before, but I think I know what you're getting at. I can't listen to any kind of audio when doing something else, so I don't see why audibooks would be any different for me. Paperbacks all the way, although I read a lot of ebooks. It's so much more convenient!

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    1. You should try to listen to one at some point! It's a nice way to 'read' and means you can be fully relaxed and don't have to concentrate as much, if that makes sense. You can just kick back and listen

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  28. I CAN'T LISTEN AT ALL!!! BECAUSE I HAVE A SMALL MIND THAT CAN'T MULTITASK. I can't concentrate. And the person reads so slow. And I fall asleep. And even when I'm concentrating, I'm not really. Because my favourite thing in life is to zone out.

    I HOWEVER CAN LISTEN TO PODCASTS WHEN I'M DRIVING! That's the only thing

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    1. STOP SLEEPING WHEN PEOPLE TRY TO NARRATE STORIES TO YOU, JESS. I can imagine me telling you something really interesting and then you just NODDING OFF halfway through my super cool story :P

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  29. I can't listen to audiobooks while I'm doing something that takes any sort of concentration, but I think it's perfect for when I'm doing something like folding laundry or putting dishes away. Great discussion!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Ohhh yeah, it'd be good for doing the dishes or any kind of 'basic' task that you can just zone out while doing

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  30. No way can I multitask when I'm listening to audiobooks! I either miss chunks of the story or can't focus on whatever else I'm doing. If I were a sporty person, I'd maybe listen to audiobooks while at the gym or something, but um... yeah, let's not talk about it haha

    I don't listen to audiobooks very often, but when I do it's usually before bed. I recently discovered podcasts for that as well: I listen to them when I'm not tired enough to fall asleep, but too tired to do anything else. Reading-wise, I definitely still prefer physical books over anything else.

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    1. See, I'm not sure if I could necessarily do it at the gym. I think it's a cool idea, but I think I'd be too focused on not passing out to concentrate on the book haha

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  31. I completely agree with you - I cannot do anything while listening to audiobooks, apart from drive. Which is kinda sucky because my drive to work is only about 10 minutes, so I don't have chance to get into it.

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  32. I don't really like audiobooks. I can never concentrate and keep up with what's going on. I listen to them in the car sometimes or when I run, but I never really retain all that I could by reading.

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  33. I don't listen to audiobooks and I don't think I ever will.I am a pretty conventional reader and it took me some time to even get used to ebooks.
    Apart from that I don't think I can concentrate well while listening to them.I tend to zone out a lot,and I don't think it will be easy for me to listen to stories rather than read them.

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