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Books on Tape - Happy's Obsession
or what I do between bouts of Real Life
Books on Tape
I never really understood books on tape. I figured it was for people with poor vision, who couldn't read. Because who would want to be reading a story, and unable to easily flip back & forth (for clarifications), or be slowed to the pace of someone talking. I mean, I read about 450 wpm, and can eat up a 400 pg book in half a day or so. And books on tape are read at about 150-160 wpm, which is about 2/3 slower. Meaning a book that would take me 4-5 hours to read? 12-15 hours on tape.

So why would I want to spend all that time? When I could cut it by 66%?

Well, I drive to work 35 minutes each way. And I like to sit on the porch at night and slowly deep water my strawberry pot, as I sip a beer and enjoy the sun on my face (note: we've only had sun the last 4 days, in the afternoons Fri-Sat, and all day Sun-Mon. ). Maybe June-uary really *is* gone. And I've been really wanting to re-read Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series, as a new book is coming out in August. And I got the first two books at the library, and the wait is long, and I had an Audible account I'd forgotten about, with 12 credits about to expire... so I got them on tape.

So how long do they take each? "Twilight," "Blue Moon," & "Eclipse" take about 14-15 hours each. On digital media.

But I found it strangely relaxing. It's something I can't rush through, that I can enjoy while I'm driving to work, soaking in the tub, watering my strawberry, lolling in the sun like a big fat cat.

The problem? I thought I'd do it occasionally, in the car, or maybe if I ever started walking again. But I find I want to find out what comes next, so I listen to it a lot. And that is taking me away from my reading, and I really, REALLY want to hit 75 books read this year. I was shooting for 100, but I've got to rethink, because it's just over 1/2 way through the year, & I'm only on #37... although I've read almost 130 magazines (14K pgs), too.

Which means I'm so far behind on anything related to TV, or the internet, or even my e-mail, that it isn't funny.

There isn't enough time in the day...

So, does anyone else listen to books on tape (CD/iPod/etc)?
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agneson9 From: agneson9 Date: June 17th, 2008 08:20 am (UTC) (Link)
all your points are true. i wear glasses all the time, so my eyes get tired quickly. i really enjoy being able to "read" with my eyes closed.
quinn222 From: quinn222 Date: June 17th, 2008 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I have an audible account too and listen only in the car on my work commute. The only thing is I have to be careful about readers. I tried a Janet Evanovich and the female reader tried to sound 'manly' when reading Joe and Ranger and just sounded stupid. Never listened past the first few chapters.
loverly From: loverly Date: June 17th, 2008 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Ugh, I hate the Twilight books' reader, especially when she talks in male voices. That's my biggest pet peeve with audiobooks. I still much prefer to read books myself but I have quite a few of them, they're so addictive! The first one I listened to is Jeremy Irons reading Lolita, it's still my favourite. Sometimes I don't even listen to the story, his voice is so dreamy :[

Funny thing, when I listened to Brokeback Mountain I blushed when the reader said the word "cock". It wasn't even that graphic and I read (and watch) a lot of porn erotica, but hearing someone actually saying the words is so different.

Edited at 2008-06-17 11:12 am (UTC)
sandid From: sandid Date: June 17th, 2008 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I've listened to BOT for the last five years. When I started they were all on cassette. LOL

At that time I spent at least five hours a day, three times a week in a van and the a half hour each way home. It was the only way I could keep up with the books, I love.

Since books are my job, BOT became my savior. I never listen to them outside the vehicle. But, I listen every day.

If I hadn't discovered, [kicking and screaming, NO,] to the BOT's , there wouldn't have been time for me to find my new love. Graphics. lol

Last week I gave away three bags of cd's. Email me, I'd be glad to send you some I've listened to. I'm a suspense junkie.
severina2001 From: severina2001 Date: June 17th, 2008 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I have an old discman that was turned in to our lost and found at work and never claimed, so I snagged it. I've thought about looking into books on CD to give me something to do when walking, but I do a lot of my walking at night and I'm a bit concerned about not being able to hear what's going on around me. I'll have to think on it some more.
rae_1985 From: rae_1985 Date: June 17th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I listen to audio books a lot. At first I started while I was traveling. I get distracted by people watching on planes and in airports, but with headphones I can just close my eyes. Then I started listening at night whenever there was noise while I was trying to sleep, or I had a roommate. Now I listen a lot more often at night. It's almost an addicting form of relaxation that I can't feel guilty about. I've always loved being read to, I guess this is an extension of that. Some of my favorites are the Harry Potter books read by Stephen Fry, and The Da Vinci code.
chrismm From: chrismm Date: June 17th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Definitely. I started when I had a job that required me to be driving all day, and the road rage was threatening my sanity. They're also awesome for making housework (or painting--Lord, but painting is tedious) a little less boring.

It is a different experience--you can't skim or skip forward, which I do a LOT. I listened to the full four-book LotR set a few years ago, and realized how very much I'd edited it ala Princess Bride, when I read it in print. I was really low and blue, there near the end of it (which took several months), and I realized it was because I'd spent a large chunk of that time in a war zone, in my head. I'd flown past the pages and pages of war bits when reading it myself.
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