Re: [NTLK] More spurious rumors or ?

From: Steven Scotten <>
Date: Thu Sep 27 2007 - 12:19:24 EDT

On Sep 26, 2007, at 10:05 PM, Scott Rogers wrote:

> I don't know. I get frustrated by them. If I zone out or think about
> some image or line, suddenly, the "reading" didn't stop, and so I'm
> behind and going back is a PITA. Reminds me of Sven Birkerts's essay
> about books on tape and how listening to them is not "reading" because
> you can't control the speed or voice or intonation of the language,
> like you can with a book.

Back when I did the LiveJournal "50 book challenge" there was some
controversy over whether an audiobook should "count" toward the total
read in a year. At the time, my girlfriend and I would take turns
reading books aloud to one another. I say that if being read to by a
real human being is reading, then listening to a taped human being
should be too.

It's been a couple of years since I've listened to an audiobook, but
I think it's totally legitimate so long as the audiobook is not an
abridged version.

I give bonus points for audiobooks read by the authors. As I said, I
haven't listened to any in a while but it is a real treat. Except
when the author's voice is annoying.


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