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@cdixon.eth
Is listening to audiobooks as edifying/educational as reading?
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it’s the only way i can get through a book with 3 young kids. i noticed a few things retention and focus only when doing something that has no distractions. ❌ doing anything outdoors/driving ✔️ doing blunt things like loading a dishwasher, organizing, vacuuming…etc
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It depends! I am a slow reader. I absorb fiction a lot better when I'm listening. Especially because the narrators are much better at creating characters with their voices than I am with my internal voice :-) But for non-fiction, I generally prefer to read so I can go back and re-read sections easily and take notes.
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Absolutely, Chris! Audiobooks can be just as enriching as reading. I love having the narrator bring the text to life! 🎧 But I’m also a fan of the classic read for those visuals and charts. The voice in Read Write Own is a treat, yet there’s something special about turning those pages by hand. 📚
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When you become fully immersed while engaged in other activities... like gardening, running, or designing... it creates a flow state that is difficult to disrupt.
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I think not but still a great medium. Two different jobs-to-be depending on the depth you want to go after?
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Love listening to audiobooks on runs. Definitely impossible to run and read unless I want it to be the last time I do both 😂. More generally, I do like and get more out of hearing the story told so even if I buy the physical book I still get the audio for a sort of read-along session.
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For me, no. It’s more accessible but if you take infinite jest or my favorite book, Godel, Escher Bach— the beauty of the book is to be able to reread and reanalyze certain passages or arguments. The isomorphisms between Achilles and tortoise conversations and the rest of the book would be almost impossible to see.
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Yeah definitely, I love audio books as much as physically reading
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Depends on the individual, i.e how intentional you are when you are listening to audiobooks. If it’s just background “music” then clearly it’s not.
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I sometimes listen to decide if I want to read it.
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Nothing beats the feeling of a book in the hands
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Probably 90% of my reading is now audio, but I don’t think it’s as edifying because it makes information retrieval harder. There’s no index. You can’t flip around easily. You can’t underline, highlight, or screenshot text. You can’t scribble or annotate in the margins. (Audio bookmarks don’t cut it.)
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I believe they can be, depending on the genre & narrator. When listening to books narrated by the author, I find there is an emotional depth not possible with reading (Born A Crime comes to mind, a lot of emphasis on language with important accents) That said, the flow from reading at your own pace is (cont 👇)
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not at all. tried so hard to get into audiobooks. reading is just better. and physical books > kindle
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No
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Im a big (2h a day) podcast listener but Ive been refusing to explore the audiobooks. A podcast episode I enjoy usually always teaches me something else at the second listen… not applicable to all but indeed a common thing among listeners I believe. :)
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Yeah probably more so for me. I really struggle to find time and focus to read a physical book, making it hard for me to retain information. Audiobooks are good when driving or at the gym.
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