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  1. Of course there is. I work from home, I do design. I constantly feel the need to put my mind somewhere, tune in to the right rhythm and create a creative vacuum. The silence depresses me, and listening to one piece of music (even if it's in the background) gets boring all day long. Therefore, lectures and audiobooks perfectly brighten up the working day. Fiction is best for listening, especially if you are a competent reader, who tells you a story in a well-modulated voice, observing all the pauses, intonations of the characters, and keeps the right pace of reading. Popular science literature is more difficult to perceive. There are usually a lot of numbers, dates,and data that need to be compared visually. In this regard, nauchpop употребл is used in an analog format. When I need to calculate something or write a thoughtful letter to a client, I pause it, then turn on the book again to immerse myself in the story. Personally, I learn perfectly, do not confuse the sequence of events, and I am able to keep the plot in mind, even if I listen with long breaks. You can also always re-listen to your favorite piece after a year or two. A pleasant and useful activity that dilutes the routine of everyday work and saves time (because you can't physically read all the books that are worth reading). I recommend it to everyone.

  2. In the world, the number of audiobook fans is growing from month to month. This trend is the answer to the question about meaning: supply always responds to demand. At Storytel, we see a strong audience interest in audiobooks. Another question is which is more useful, listening or reading? This question concerns many people. For example, University of Virginia psychologist Daniel Willingham says that reading and listening are roughly equivalent.

    Reading is based on two processes: decoding and processing the language. Language processing requires the same skills as listening to spoken language. Excluding decoding. The written text appeared later than the oral one: people started listening to stories earlier than reading them.�So epic tales appeared before they were written down on birch bark, and legends existed before they formed the basis of Shakespeare's plays. Writing, in this way, only captures those processes that have long been present in our minds.

    Moreover, oral speech can be brightened up by emotions, completely changing the meaning of the phrase, for example, with a sarcastic sound. In this aspect, an audiobook may rarely make more sense than a book (but the book may be more open to interpretation).

    It is interesting to look at studies in 1977 and 1985 about what methods of familiarization with the material allow people to remember it better. You will be surprised, but the subjects memorized equally well, regardless of the method.

    The most effective method of memorization and assimilation is active listening. The ability to concentrate, to focus your attention-this is the main skill that makes the process of reading or listening useful. �

    But in what exactly audiobooks will always outperform reading — in the efficiency of the time spent on reading/listening. If you have developed the skill of focusing on the information you receive, you can do routine, familiar things in parallel with listening: cleaning, cooking, washing, and ironing. You can go for a walk with the dog or with a stroller, or just walk, giving rest to your eyes , and listen to books. The most convenient way, of course, is to do this inStorytel — for a fixed amount per month, you can listen to an unlimited number of books and lectures. And considering that several hundred new books are uploaded to the library every month, the choice is simply huge.

  3. Yes, this is a very convenient format. I always listen to audiobooks in the car instead of music. While you are stuck in traffic to and from work, you have time to “read” a huge number of interesting books. So I advise everyone not to miss this opportunity

  4. Everything is fine. You go on business, clean up, lie in the bathroom-listen to the book. For assimilation, you should take notes. But this also applies to regular books. And if the hood. literature, then generally incredibly convenient.

  5. Of course, audiobooks have their advantages. For example, you can do several things at once, drive a car, and listen to an audiobook. But as for the assimilation of material, it is not for nothing that there is a phrase “It is better to see once than to hear a million times”. When you listen, you can get distracted and miss a lot of things, so reading is more useful.

  6. I can't replace regular audiobooks. It was very correctly noted in one of the answers that paper books are more open to interpretation. Audiobooks are still biased because of the emotions that the reader puts into them. Therefore, it is necessary to take the choice of voice seriously. I couldn't listen to some good books simply because of the lack of good voice acting. And, for example, I listened to Max Fry 10 times, because Denis Verovoy masterfully gave each character its own sound. If you listened to one of the books in the series and liked everything, then accept it – when reading paper books, you will use the intonation of the voice actor 🙂 I used to listen to a lot of books on the road, so when I walk through some streets for the second time, I might accidentally remember what I listened to here) Despite the fact that the book is not voiced by your inner voice, the fantasy works to the fullest. With the advent of convenient apps for your phone and some sites, the main problem has been solved:”Where am I staying?” You can listen to several books, and the program itself remembers the right moment.

  7. Personally, I only perceive and remember audiobooks well if I have the text in front of me, otherwise I miss a lot. I think the type of perception that is characteristic of a person is important here. I'm not an audiologist, and I don't listen well. But this only means that you need to be more careful when listening to audiobooks. Thus, we get a good training of attention.

    Audiobooks can be convenient and useful. Listening to them, you can do other things. Or, for example, you can listen to audiobooks performed by the author to feel the original intonation and emotional color that the author wanted to put in.

  8. But for me, an audiobook is a way out. First of all, you can listen to a book and redo things. Secondly, my youngest son teaches poetry only from the voice. I'm looking for a poem performed by famous artists on the Internet – the problem is solved.

  9. Unfortunately, no, each person has a different memory, some auditory, some visual, and some both, which makes life much easier for them.

  10. I've been mostly listening to audiobooks for the last 7 years. Before we talk about the pros and cons, it should be noted that people are different and not everyone likes audiobooks, because they are not used to listening to information when someone reads to them. For them, any advantages will be insignificant.


    1. You can increase your reading speed to quickly master non-fiction material.
    2. Some readers read so well that you are ready to listen to any books they have worked on and discover something new that you would never read, because the genre, for example, is not the same.
    3. You will definitely learn more books, unless you already read paper books faster than others.
    4. For audiobooks, there is a place where it is inconvenient to read ordinary books. In a taxi or on a walk, for example.
    5. A lot of audiobooks have already been published. There are all the classics, enough to listen to for a lifetime.
    6. Some works (for example, Poor People) will be read by a professional actor in a way that you would never have heard in your head — this is enriching.

    7. Not everyone likes to listen.

    8. Sometimes the reader reads poorly or the recording quality may not be very good.
    9. Some books are voiced by only one actor, and if you don't like him, then you can wait a hundred years for another version. For example, I have seen A. Haley's books only in Soviet voice acting and poor quality. No one seems to be in a hurry to reread them, even though the books are good.
    10. There are no images. There is almost no point in voicing books that need illustrations.
  11. How can you develop your imagination if you are constantly being fed images? Around the clock, all our lives, those in power stupefy us, so in order to protect ourselves from the penetration of this stupidity into our thinking, we must learn to read. We must encourage our own imagination, develop our minds, defend our beliefs, believe in them, we must be able to do this in order to preserve, preserve ourselves, our own personality. Audio books are still the same marketing holocaust..!!!!

  12. Audiobooks are great for” reading ” fiction, a little less like reading nonfiction, and almost completely unsuitable for nonfiction. If it weren't for the audiobooks, I would have “read” a lot of books of fiction, as I would hardly have had the time to do so. Audiobooks not only help me with this, but also serve as a great tool for more vivid content of such monotonous tasks as driving a car, for example, as well as other routine. Audiobooks are also great for working out in the gym or running outside.

  13. Regular books and audio have different purposes. I don't understand why listen to a book at home if you can lie down and read. There is more pleasure in reading, and the image is drawn much better in the brain. Audiobooks are good when reading is impossible. I listen on my way to work. I like to listen to books or radio programs on a jog because music annoys me, and I need to occupy my brain with something for an hour.

  14. If you're going to read books about all sorts of self-development and philosophical blah-blah-blah, then you can safely listen to audiobooks. If you need to read something serious, then the presence of many graphic nuances in headphones is impossible to listen to. I personally used to listen exclusively to the artist and a bit of science fiction + any postmodern. And books like B. Russell, Montaigne, Weil, where words by ear a lot of things are not clear, you need to read in a purely intimate setting (it is allowed if you want to include a muzonchik kakoyt, for example, I included sets from Ulta musik festival for Joseph and his brothers) by ear alone + it's better to learn. I tried to read Martin Eden – it's boring, but I still remember everything by ear when accelerating (I listened to it a year ago)

  15. I personally feel bad, in a couple of months you need to have a brainstorming session to remember what it was all about. And I'm not the only one. Audiobooks are very popular with people because they are lazy and often busy with other things. But the exhaust from them is questionable. It is believed that every second person in the world is a visual artist, i.e. they perceive information best in graphic form, and not by ear. It should also be understood that reading is an active action, while listening to recordings is passive. What's so surprising, then, is that audiobooks don't remember information as well? They are useful, for example, if it is a self-help guide on Yin yaz. In addition, it should be noted that there are few good speakers, and the monotonous one-voice reading of the text is just some kind of torture for a true book lover.

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