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  1. heath0043
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    I have listened to a couple audio books but got bogged down with the narrator so I stick with books I can read instead of listen to. Maybe one day I will find a narrator that I like and will try audio books again.

  2. Angela
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    Thank you for answering. I don’t listen to audiobooks because i like to read and when reading i can hear the voices of the characters in my head. I did try some audio samples of books i really like to see if audiobooks were for me but the voices i heard just weren’t the ones i had in my head and that took away my “reading” enjoyment .

  3. susana
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    I like both audiobooks and books, whether ebooks or paperbacks. I think there is a very big difference between listening to a story and reading it, but I find both experiences enjoyable

  4. Trix
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    I usually prefer an ebook or paperback, since I like to read at my own pace and the wrong narrator can throw it all off for me. There are exceptions, though–I love Charlie David’s rendition of Damon Suede’s HOT HEAD, for example.

  5. Toni
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    I’ve only recently started listening to audiobooks. I like them for when I’m cooking or cleaning or driving a long distance but I think I’ll always prefer paperbacks and ebooks.

  6. H.B.
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    Good Q&A. I prefer book form since it takes me less time to get through. But audio is great to listen since I think it brings the whole story to life compares to when I read it myself. That being said I pick up a whole lot more details via reading.

  7. Purple Reader
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    There are some pretty experienced audio listeners here. When I was travelling more, I would listen to audios, but at home I prefer to settle back with a good ebook or paperback. But I agree about narrators being key. My husband is an actor and I’ve been amazed at how his voice can enliven a story.

  8. Lisa
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    I love audios & listen to them while at work, driving, & doing things like cleaning or cooking. I also agree that the narrator is key. I definitely have my favorites as well as some I can’t listen to. If one I can’t stand narrating a book, I won’t even get the audio or if I didn’t check to see who was narrating before I bought & I hate the narrator, I’ll return it.

  9. Tanja
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    Thank you for answering my question. I am not a huge fan of audiobooks myself, but maybe that is because I didn’t find the right narrator. I have listened to some audiobooks I already read the printed version of, but I couldn”t keep focused. You are so right that the narrator can break or make a story. I guess I listened to the wrong one. Thank you for listing some of your favorite narrators. I will look for them when looking for audiobooks.

  10. dee
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    Thanks for sharing your audiobook experience with us. While I prefer to read, since I am faster that way, those audiobooks I listened to were great (with one exception). I also think it helps to listen to an excerpt in advance to figure out whether I will like the narration or not. There are some voices I just can’t stand.

  11. Ami
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    I have only listened to one audio book and found myself enjoying text better than “sound”. So ebook all the way for me.

  12. Carolyn
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    I really connected with Chris’ answer. Same for me all around. I really do more often read a book in e/print before going to the audiobook, but I love the audiobook experience on a book I already love, even though I’ve given new ones a chance and found some favorites. I don’t always have the time for audiobooks, but I definitely love them as much as any other reading I do (but only if the narrator is quality).


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