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"Reading" Cell on audiobook

Discussion in 'Cell' started by Kevthenurse, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. Kevthenurse

    Kevthenurse Member

    Hi guys!

    I finally finished The Talisman (awesome book), but I found that reading while using public transit is difficult with all of the distractions and I took my first RN job which is an hour long bus ride away. I decided to pick up Cell to have something to pass the time on my way there and back, and I found that I wanted to keep listening! I just finished my second day at the new job, and I am already on disk 8 out of 11 because I kept listening when I got home on both days, hehe.

    I am quite new to audiobooks though, do you guys know if anything is missed when "reading" a book this way as opposed to reading it for real?

    I feel like I am missing something because a story that started out sounding like zombies is turning out to be....something else. Are the "phone crazies" technically alive or undead or something horribly in-between?

    Oh, on an unrelated side note: I totally passed my NCLEX two months ago :)
  2. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    Congratulations both on passing your NCLEX and the new job! :)
  3. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...you're not missing anything-except the chance at your own interpretation through the written word, instead of the narrators creation of that world...NCLEX is a booger-snot, and btw-congrats on the job...nearly 11 years in myself...
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  5. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    Stephen has said that one of the reasons he enjoys audiobooks is because it forces you to pay attention to every word.

    The "phone crazies" are zombies that are evolving.
  6. Bryan James

    Bryan James Well-Known Member

    I prefer reading...and paper. There's that whole tactile stimulation thing going on that you don't get from sliding your finger across a screen.

    In books worth keeping, I often jot notes (and sometimes edit), and it's kinda neat to read something again years later. Sometimes my notes make me realize where I was then and where I grew as a thinker.

    And then there are those amusing little white book bugs.

    Pet Peeve: People claiming they've "read" audio recordings of books. I don't mind the process, and I do it myself sometimes, but it just ain't reading.
  7. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    True, it's listening but the words are still the same. I have a harder time with audiobooks because there's something about seeing the words that helps make the connection in my brain--perhaps being that kind of a learner--but for some activities like long road trips, having the audiobook is a good substitute so that I can experience the book and will come out knowing the same story as someone who has read the print version by the end.
  8. Kevthenurse

    Kevthenurse Member

    Thank you, everyone for the congratulations!

    I think I understand what you mean about people who claim to have "read" a book after listening to it, which is exactly why I put the word "reading" in quotes. As for real books versus Kindle, I will admit that I like the convenience of having a small library in my pocket, but the charm of reading a physical copy of the book is more about the olfactory than tactile stimulation for me. This is particularly true of old books. The Kindle wins though because it fits in the cargo pockets of my scrubs. I even have my Davis's Drug Guide on Kindle, hehe.

    Glad to know that I am not losing any content for having it read to me instead of reading it myself. I think I would prefer to read something on my own, but even with my ADD meds, the bumpy, noisy bus ride to work isn't ideal for getting into a book.
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  9. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    How does it work, I forget, when reading an audio book? You stop listening at some point, I imagine...and then what? You start listening again. How do you find your place? Is it possible? I've only had one audio book, Duma Key...that I gave to a member here back ago...and I almost have to follow along with the pages open before me and yes this is embarrassing but I have my finger on the word as the blonde or white-haired guy narrates the story. I had it going at work, too, at the time, but then you go to use the saw or some other tool and you miss a line or two. Bought it on a whim, Duma...going through the aisle and some shopper musta had it in the cart, decided no...left it on the cucumbers. Ka. Didn't know the store had such things...audios...not cucumbers.
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  10. Cristian M

    Cristian M Well-Known Member

    Audiobooks are amazing !! Please listen to more audiobooks to appreciate the whole process!
  11. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    I still love reading of course but I find that I retain the information much better when I hear it on Audio. I don't know why, just how my brain is wired I guess.

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