Good morning. Thank you for dropping by and visiting Living the Dream today. It’s been an exciting month and I look forward to checking my stats each day and seeing all the different national flags. Back on April 7, 2016, I blogged about Five Fascinating Facts about Audio Books. I had the opportunity to listen to Elizabeth Meyette’s The Cavanaugh House since then, and can honestly say, WOW! What an experinece.
Since today is dedicated to the letter R, I’m going to discuss Reading vs Listening. It’s a win-win situation. I love to read almost as much as I love to write, but there is a disadvantage to reading–you can’t do it and do something else like make dinner or clean the house at the same time. The Cavanaugh House s a long book, and I’d started it a few weeks ago, but with the amount of time it took to get Hello Again completed and ready for the Kindle Scout Campaign, I had to set it aside. When I read, my imagination conjures up the world in the book,. I’m transported there, much the way I am when I write. I see things in my imagination that make the story real.
When I was asked to listen to The Cavanaugh House I had mixed feeling. I’m a visual person. Would I get the same emotional/psychological impact from listening alone? I wasn’t sure. But then it dawned on me that I listen to my own books as I read them through for editing. While it’s true, I’m concerned with missing words and awkward sentences, once I get to the final read, i do a lot of visualizing. Could I do the same for Elizabeth’s book?
At firsat, I decided to read and listen at the same time, going over what I’d read before, but since my reading speed and the narrator’s speed were different, that actually became frustrating. I realized something else–reading along didn’t change anything from the regular reading time. I decided to try the audio alone. It only took a few pages for the narrator to suck me into the story. Lo and behold, I was as into it as I was reading. and I loved it. I also managed to make supper and clean the house, while staying in the story. Since I got sucked in so deep, I wouldn’t recommend reading and driving, but if you have a commute and someone else drives, go for it.
Listening will never replace reading for me, unless i get to a point where I can’t read, but it’s definitely an option I’ll consider in the future. Want to read or listen to The Cavanaugh House? Here’s the link. http://www.amazon.com/Cavanaugh-House-Elizabeth-Meyette-ebook/dp/B00KBAZ9ZK
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