As a retired English teacher I now read about 122 books a year while I walk and run errands–an MP3 player is the best thing since sliced bread and my eyes do not let me peruse the pages I was once able to consume. If you thought this book was good, the audio version adds a depth you would have to experience to believe. What I love about audio books is that one’s imagination is allowed to flourish for the characters jump out of the story as the narrator changes voices for each one. I read only the unabridged ones downloaded from Audible.com or those full length ones available from my library as i don’t want to miss a word
and well, it just doesn’t work that way with me !
It so happens that I’ve got weird ears and that they don’t have the right shape for unobtrusive earphones. They just don’t hold on there. Which means that I have to use different earphones, usually pretty big and that they are not very comfortable.
Also, I live in a noisy big city, so unless I turn the sound really high, I can’t hear properly. And if the sound is too high, then my poor sensitive ears can’t take it.
Up to now, not only have I not lost my hearing, but as I said, my ears are very sensitive and most of the time, I find the level of noise unbearable. For example, I cannot watch a movie in a movie theatre without wearing earplugs and they never leave my handbag, just in case. I have even consulted a doctor about this and he said there was nothing wrong with me, I should just keep my earplugs at hand
Finally, while I love listening to music while I am at my computer, it gets to me if it’s too close to my ears and too loud, so the MP3 player or the iPod is not for me. I actually own one that I am not using 😦
This only touches the noise aspect. But there is another aspect. I am a pretty speedy reader and mostly, any book or extract I listen to, goes much slower than I would if I were reading, and I find that my attention ends up wandering and I lose track of what’s being said.
In the same way, while I often find videocasts interesting, podcasts are just not my thing.
So although I have recently started recording (in French) for LibriVox, enjoyed this new experience and will certainly go on doing it, I’m not sure that I’ll be listening to very many things.
Just because I like reading at my pace and having my own representations of what is happening on the written page