How do you chose if you’re going to physically read it or listen to it on audio?How do you chose if you’re going to physically read it or listen to it on audio?? Heleen #questionnaire #audio book
Usually I look at reviews and see if one or the other has been recommended for. If it’s a book I’m really wanting to read then I will just take whichever form in available first lol
I generally only listen to a book on Audio if I’ve read the book before – I can’t ever focus on just listening to an audio book and doing completely nothing else and if I don’t do that then I miss details. The one book I only listened too I didn’t really get into it or like it, which was an unpopular opinion so I think the audiobook impacted it.
If you are looking for Cheaper Audiobook options I have found that Scribd and the library apps (Overdrive and Libby) have good options for listening!
I wish I had an answer to this but sadly I’m in the same boat. I can’t ever seem to decide. In the past I based my answer in length of book and price. If it’s new and hardback only I tend to go for my subscription service for audio. For example I listened to the Outlander series on audio because the books were so lengthy and expensive (when they first were published). Now I find myself listening to classics. Every book is a struggle to decide. Sorry I can’t be more help. Hope you find a solution.
@Ciera no worries, i’m listening to outlander as well, it’s not rlly my genre but i was curious about the hype… The tv show wasn’t for me but glad i gave the book a try ? altho i’m sometimes like wtf is happening here xd
If I’m recommended the audiobook and it sounds awesome, then I get the audiobook. Otherwise I buy a physical copy.
And, in the case of The Illuminae Files trilogy, I bought both and followed along in the physical copies while listening to the audiobooks.
It’s about research. And testing samples. There are great audiobooks out there, but also sucky ones.
Certain books usually feel like they need to be listened to to me. And those are the ones that I listen to.
Narrator, length of book….if the book is long, I love listening to it on Audible.
I do both at the same time. Switch off between the formats depending on if I have time to actually sit and read. That way I can keep reading while commuting, cleaning and walking the dogs
I tend to listen to the harder and more lengthy books. It helps me get through the book faster if they’re a little more laborious to read.
Sometimes I listen to and read the same book ..if I’m driving and can’t read…
I usually listen to books I’ve already read. That way, if I start thinking about other things or get distracted by traffic, I haven’t lost track of what’s going on.
If I’m going to be stationery I’ll read, if I’m moving, like driving or working around the house I’ll listen.
I listen to books at work:) read at home
@Lisa love that i am able to do that! Makes my day go by faster
I only use audio in the car when I am driving (I use CD’s)
I like to listen to non-fiction, especially memoirs, especially memoirs read by the author. I also recently have discovered that listening to classics is easier for me than reading them–I have about a half hour commute, and that’s a decent chunk of time to listen to a book and not feel overwhelmed. Humorous books are also fun to listen to.
I prefer to read mysteries or thrillers or anything that has lots of plot twists. Those books I often find myself wanting to speed up and get ahead to find out what’s behind the door, or in the dark corridor, or who just got murdered or whatever, and it can be frustrating to have a narrator who won’t speed up no matter how much you yell at the CD player.
I also look for recommendations for good audiobooks. I find that I can’t browse audiobooks at the library–somehow the covers and blurbs don’t intrigue me the way they do on a regular book (even if it’s teh exact same blurb/cover), so if I see someone mention a good audiobook, I’ll often go that route over reading.
All that being said, I read far more books than I listen to.
I agree 🙂 I listen to Shakespeare and know there is no way I would finish ‘reading‘ him. I would highly recommend Thomas Hardy’s Return of the Native read by the wonderful late Alan Rickman 🙂
Thank for the recommendation! I added it to my TBR list!
If I have a lot to do audio
If I can’t get it from the library (because it’s on hold) then I usually go to scribd.
For me, it depends on the audiobook. Who is narrating? I like when the author reads it, so that’s something I look for. I listen to a sample to see if I think I could listen to the person’s voice for hours. I chose to listen to the audiobook of The Plantagenets by Dan Jones because I thought it would be difficult to keep up if I was reading a book that’s so dense with historical information and several groups of kings with the same names. If it’s a series, I’ll read the books. I prefer audiobooks for memoirs.