The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
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This Week’s Question
Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, do you prefer listening instead of reading? (Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)
I seldom listen to audiobooks. With each passing year I continue to realize that I do not retain information presented to me orally as well as in written form. So I overwhelmingly prefer to read a book rather than listen to someone reading it to me. However, I am currently listening to my second and third audiobooks of the year. But it takes me much longer to get through them than a book. The first one I listened to was THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien. As I mentioned last week, I’m listening to WITHIN THESE WICKED WALLS by Lauren Blackwood and HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS.
Even though I am easily distracted while listening to audiobooks, these three audiobooks made me realize that it’s easier for me to pay attention if the narrator uses different voices for the characters. The audiobooks I listened to for THE HOBBIT and CHAMBER OF SECRETS both did this. And I found/am finding it’s easier for me to retain what happens. (I’m also aware that I’ve read and watched CHAMBER OF SECRETS oodles of times, so that helps with audiobook information retention, too.)
Moreover, I am also very much a mono-tasker. So I absolutely can’t listen to an audiobook if I have to devote more than a sliver of my attention to something else. This severely limits when I can listen to them, which occurs while putting laundry away, taking a walk, or cooking something I’ve made dozens of times before.
What about you? Are audiobooks or regular books more your style?