08.06.2011

Listening To Audiobooks

Posted by AJ Harbison at 5:46 pm

Since I started a new job last June, one which required me to make a much longer commute every morning, I’ve been listening to a lot of audiobooks to pass the time. I’ve found that, in audiobooks as well as print books, I generally prefer fiction to non-fiction titles. But I’ve noticed a difference in the way I listen to them. As you might expect, when I’m listening to an audiobook, every once in a while I’ll zone out, or have to merge onto a freeway, or something like that which takes my attention momentarily away from what I’m listening to, and I’ll miss a sentence or two. If I’m listening to a novel, I’ll just let it pass and keep listening. But if I’m listening to a non-fiction book, I find that I feel a little lost and I need to rewind it a bit and listen to whatever I missed. I’m not sure why that is. Perhaps the flow of thought and reasoning in a non-fiction book is such that missing a sentence or two disconnects it enough to disorient the listener from the continuing thought, whereas in a story the individual sentences are not connected quite so closely in thought, so he can continue on without losing the flow of the story.

Do you listen to audiobooks? Have you ever experienced this?

An audiobook

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