Feb 1, 2019
Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme run by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a question is posted for the book blog community to discuss. This week’s question is:
Audio books vs Ebook? If the world stopped printing books which would you prefer between the two?
Oof. I would definitely say e-books. Audiobooks are way too hit or miss for me. There are a lot of audiobooks that I’ve tried to read and just ended up dropping because I hated the narrator. I think the type of narrators I hate the most are old British men. They just put me to sleep. I think I prefer female narrators, accent or not. Then again, I haven’t listened to many audiobooks.
The last audiobook I listened to was Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. I think that one worked for me because Woolf has a very distinct rhythm to her words that just beg to be spoken out loud. I did read along while listening to it, however, because her words also deserve to be read.
The most memorable audiobook I’ve read has to be Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita. I had to read the book for a Russian literature class I took. It was a thick and heavy novel so I ended up half listening and half reading it. While the narrator did fall under “old British man”, there were quite a diverse cast of characters so the little voices he made kept me awake. The book in general is so outlandish that it kept me entertained, so the source material definitely helped.
In terms of e-books, I’m definitely someone who tries to spend less time on the screen. I can’t quite remember the last e-book I read. Maybe it was the GTD book by David Allen. Before that… I can’t quite remember. I’d definitely have to get a Kindle or something if I absolutely had to go the e-book route. I’d rather separate reading into it’s own activity instead of reading on my phone where a bunch of things can distract me.