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Evie
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:56 pm    Post subject: Audio books  Reply with quote

Currently listening to Timothy West reading Barchester Towers (unabridged) as I potter around in my study...glorious.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There must surely be a thread on audiobooks somewhere...if anyone knows where, do let me know and I'll repost this!  I couldn't find one.


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Hector



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Over the last year, I have been required to do quite a bit more driving and so have slowly dipped my toes into the water of audio books - something that I have avoided up to now.

I've only listened to two - the Alan Partridge autobiography (which was hilarious) and also a book entitled "Thanks Jonners" about the cricket commentator Brian Johnston as read by Jonathan Agnew. I think there's a reason that both books have been rather 'fluffy' as I honestly can't see myself listening to something more challenging in the audio format. It's more a case of disengaging the brain and letting it wash over you as opposed to getting involved in the characters and descriptions. It certainly doesn't come close to sitting down with a book.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love audio books - especially when i am driving, also sometimes if I physically can't read (I suffer from migranes) I tend to lie quietly with an audio book on.  Plus I think they invaluble for kids with dyslexia my son has always used them, he has the book and the audio book and listened to it following it in his copy of the book.


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only ever listened to audio books in the car. I once tried to catch up with an unfinished one when we got back from a holiday and before I took it back to the library but it wasn't the same, and I did not persist. I listened to I, Claudius recently but it was mostly dramatised rather than just read. Cracking stuff, though. Only problem - the CD that had the demise of Livia on it had a problem and we had to abort that one, so we never found out how, and if, she got her come-uppance, after such a gathering storm of wickedness.

I think a gripping plot is important to keep up the interest. And to suit everyone's tastes in the car.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think plays can work very well on audio: Shakespeare works particularly well on audio, I think. Poetry also demands to be heard, and can be very affecting when recited well. And ghost stories: these, too, demand to be heard.

Other than these, I prefer to read books rather than hear them. Especially complex works, where the nature of the work demands that I pause every now and then to think about and try to take in what I have just read.



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Himadi, did you ever hear a radio series called Fear on Four? It was excellent!! It used to be on Radio 4 on Saturday evenings just after we had eaten. 7.30 or 8 pm or so, and we always kept it on because we  couldn't bear to miss the outcome . A 15 minute (half hour? ) reading of classic and not so classic ghost stories. It must have been in our days of young children, poverty, and expensive babysitters (1980s) so we were generally stuck in on a Saturday evening. Maybe you are too youthful for this ?? I do wish they'd resurrect it, or something like it , as radio is a superb medium for ghost stories and I'm sure it would be very popular.  Though not at that time and on that day, maybe.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Green Jay, I have been accused of my things, but never yet of "youth": not even when I was young!

Yes, I do remember Fear on Four fondly. It's a shame it's no longer on the radio, but in recompense, there are some superb recordings available of ghost stories. Just the thing for dark evenings at this time of year!



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am an audiophile.  I usually have two physical books going and one audio.  I take the subway into work so I usually read. However, there are times when the train is so packed, I cannot hold a book, that is when the audio is nice.  I also listen to it while I'm lying in bed.  I try to get 30 to 60 minutes of listeing in before then.  Sometimes I read some of my book and then listen to another book.  I also listen to it at work, sometimes it is so slow I want to bang my head on the desk   Shocked but I put the ipod on and that makes it all better.


liz


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Caro



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My relationship with audio books is odd.  My husband uses them on his way to work (about a 20 minute drive in the countryside) and sometimes I go with him or he plays them on longer trips.  So I hear one or two tapes of an 8-hour story.  Usually he chooses English family sagas than in book form appeal to older women wanting light material, and then he complains they are trivial and badly written and constructed.  Serves him right.  We did, as I coincidentally mentioned on another thread, listen to Sir Gawain, and that was a soporific pleasure for me - I didn't bother with the story but just the sounds, so it didn't matter that I only heard bits of it.  And we listened once to a Clive James tape which was rather esoteric and full of knowledge and information.  It had the effect (a little like reading Himadri's analysis of books here) of making me a little depressed about my inferiority in these matters.

(I don't understand how the people reading these stories can be word perfect - they never stumble over a word or hesitate.  So are they somehow recorded till they are perfect.  Or are the perfect bits added into when they have been got wrong?)

Good to see a new and involved member, Liz.  Hope you enjoy it here.



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