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Hey Lockergnome,

Myself I have always hated books, I just can't get myself to read them. Recently I've found an audio book for the Hunger Games (after watching the movie) and I love it!

I wonder if there are people like me or wether people in general would listen to an audio book (this one is ~11 hours long) instead of reading the book itself.

What are you thoughts on this?

asked May 25 '12 at 17:37

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I have never been the biggest fan of books, or reading for that matter. The only reading that I'll do is online. I won't read an actual book, only blogs, emails and instant messages. So, that brings me to my answer. I'm a huge fan of audio books. Since I'm in the field of graphic/web design, I'm always listening to something. An audio book is a great way to gain knowledge, but I prefer music over an audio book. If I am in the mood of learning, which is frequently, I'll listen to an informational audio book.

answered May 25 '12 at 23:12

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edited May 25 '12 at 23:12

That's pretty much the same for me. Though I'd rather listen to a fictional book then an educational. Unless it's a subject I am already interested in.

(May 26 '12 at 14:13) nitrocrime nitrocrime's gravatar image

I find listening to audiobooks distracting. I'd rather read a hard copy.

answered May 26 '12 at 10:11

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It's exactly the reverse to me. Whenever I read a book I get distracted even by a tin can just standing somewhere. Kinda like Francis from Malcolm in the Middel when he had to write his part of a paper.

(May 26 '12 at 14:12) nitrocrime nitrocrime's gravatar image

I prefer the Kindle...

Lighter than most books, and fits nicely in my pocket

answered May 26 '12 at 11:08

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Plus it can hold a lot of books at the same time while not increasing in size.

(May 26 '12 at 14:10) nitrocrime nitrocrime's gravatar image

I personally can't stand listening to audio books, I perfer to read them.

answered May 26 '12 at 12:46

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Lol I just read that as you 'reading' an audio book :p

(May 26 '12 at 14:11) nitrocrime nitrocrime's gravatar image

I do both, actually. It just depends on the book and the circumstance.

If a book requires concentration, like a technical text book, then a physical book is best as I can easily flip to a reference page. Novels (or other books that can easily be read from start to finish like biographies and the like) I tend to enjoy on a tablet.

Lower age group novels like The Hunger Games, or if, say, a comedian I like writes a non-fiction book then I'll listen to it as an audio book while I'm doing some other activity like playing a video game or something.

answered May 27 '12 at 15:19

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I don't like reading, but I can't keep my attention on audiobooks. I get distracted and miss stuff. So I prefer just biting the bullet and reading.

answered May 27 '12 at 18:26

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I like to listen to the audio book and follow along with the book. Sometimes I can't do it because I can read faster than the person talking.

Or I'll listen to the audio book then read later, one chapter at a time.

answered May 27 '12 at 20:34

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I'm going with the ipad for shorter stuff (kindle app installed of course!) and a cheap kobbo e-book reader for longer books. For reference books in my domain (theology), I buy them as e-books with a specific piece of software designed for e-books in the domain of theology, and finally for hardcover if I only buy hardcover books that are not in print and that are long and there is no good ebook form. ALso books that I read regularly (my Bible, various referencebooks, Prayerbooks, etc) or books that I think I may give away at some point, I will buy the hard copy.

As for audiobooks, I only do so for shorter books and if I have a road trip or something.

answered May 30 '12 at 21:19

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I have been an avid reader since my mother read to me as a child, I did the same for my daughter, like me, she can lose herself in a good book, ok so it is escapism, but it's not as dangerous as drugs or alcohol and always leaves you thinking, audio books lack something for me, although with my eye sight failing, I suppose I will have to go that way one day, such is life! Ned Kelly said that just before they hung him!!!

answered May 30 '12 at 21:59

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