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15 February 2014 @ 11:16 am
Reading with my Ears  
The Nerdy Book Club was nice enough to let me post today (nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/ten-treats-for-your-ears-by-teri-lesesne). I admit that selecting only 10 audiobooks was a painful task. I opted for a deliberate approach, wanting to include fiction and nonfiction, audio for younger and older listeners, and a large range of narrative styles. One person noted that she was sad not to see the Harry Potter books narrated by Jim Dale on the list. I omitted them on purpose. Somehow, I assume that everyone will have already jumped on the chance to listen to them. I suspect, though, that is simply wrong on my part. Since I love audio so much, I already know that if Jim Dale narrates, I will listen.

So, I think I will take a few days off from ranting and raving about CCSS (though all of you should go read this in the meantime. There will be a quiz ;-) http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-peek-at-ccss-20.html) and concentrate a bit more on audiobooks. So, here are some scattered thoughts about audio. Over the next few days, I will offer something a tad more organized and coherent (I hope).

1. Listening to a book is what I call reading with my ears. It is NOT cheating. It is NOT passive. There is no skimming in audio. Listening to a book is ACTIVE.

2. I only listen to unabridged audio. I want the whole story and not the Reader's Digest condensed version (as I type that I realize that there is a wide swath of readers who will have no ideas what I am referencing).

3. You can multi-task with audiobooks. It is possible for me to drive and listen. While I have seen folks read while driving, it is not something I recommend. I can clean house, cook, and do other chores while listening.

4. Listening to audiobooks adds so many books to my list of books read each month.

5. Sometimes I listen to books I have already read. Sometimes not. I think there are some things to explore here. My responses are, of course, different.

6. By and large, authors should not narrate their own books. Exceptions: Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos. For the most part, though, I have been disappointed in the reading by an author. It is especially egregious in adult audiobooks IMHO.

7. There are some narrators who could read a menu and I would listen. I will post about some of them this coming week.

8. There are some terrific lists out there for audio files. I will post out some resources and lists this week, too.

9. Amazon allows you to listen to a sample of the audiobooks they sell. You can also hear samples at Audiofile and in Karin Perry's Audiotalk column for VOYA.

10. Teaching kids about listening covers a ton of objectives/standards/skills. Not that this is the point, but I thought I would mention that it is tied to learning, too.

Much more to come this week.
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Current Mood: flighty
(rhyme writer)rymrytr on February 17th, 2014 03:59 am (UTC)
I've been listening for nearly 30 years. Long drives from Seattle to Oregon.. (Four hours each way). Books On Tape, back in those days. Then the library began to get books on CD. Now, I can get books from my library through Overdrive dott comm. The have a code in them that makes them unusable after 15 days. Just like returning them.

I also get audio from eBay; Audible dott com; Librivox dott com. It's rare to find a Podcast I like though...

Oh yes, and I have a radio that picks up (through my Wifi connection), Live365 dott com, which has 15 or so, Old Time Radio stations. And let us not forget the BBC Radio 4 Extra, on your computer...

PS. When I get discs from eBay, etc., I "rip" them to my computer and download to my MP3 Player. Then I pass them along to other folks.