Is listening to an audiobook the same as reading the book? Can I say I “read it”?

17 thoughts on “AudioBooks

  1. Absolutely—and I read an article a few years ago with science to back up that claim. I do about half my reading this way. Remember that stories began as part of an oral tradition. Listening to them is a part of our cultural DNA as humans.

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  2. Agreed.
    Although for the author, it’s another book sold. For the listener, another story heard. Continued exposure to other ideas.
    In the past, I scoffed at people who said they ‘read a lot of books’ and it turned out they listened to them.
    But you know what? They get jobs done and exercise in, while I’m lost in a book, on the sofa, feeling guilty, ignoring chores, getting chubbier 🙂

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    1. Aw, I wish sometimes I would just sit and pick up a book. Do you know about the Giveaways on Goodreads? I have won probably 45 books, in print and kindle combined, but don’t take the time to read them.

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      1. Wow! I record my books on Goodreads. Set my goal 🙂 But this year I got too busy toward the end of the year and didn’t put the last few in, so I’m short. And I don’t think I can go back in and add. I should suss that out. But I already buy too many books. Large piles of unread 🙂

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  3. An ongoing debate at my house. I feel the answer is no but Sparky is convinced it is a yes. It is kind of the same as watching a movie – does that count as reading the book?? But that’s my opinion and doesn’t carry much weight!

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    1. Watching a movie and listening to book are kinda different experience i would say. Except the eyes , The senses engaged in reading and listening to a book are all same. Its all your world to build. No matter how you consume the lines. Movies interpret stuff a certain way and you are bound by someone else’s imagination. Audiobooks doesn’t have those boundries.

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      1. Its funny but I just needed some confirmation that I was on the right track. I am a teacher and always allowed audiobooks but as a “regular adult” I guess I was unsure. Lol.


    2. I see what you are saying but one of the comments I just received made a good point. They said that if you watch a movie you are getting someone else’s interpretation but with an audio book you still have to take in the information and make sense of it. Well, that was paraphrasing but….


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