I’ve heard about the audio book debate. My teenage son (an avid reader) recently added his two cents to the controversy. He believes that ‘reading’ a book via audio is not truly reading a book. Being a teenager, I haven’t been able to pull out any reasons that support his opinion but he stands by it, nonetheless.
I disagree. I listen to audio books regularly. Initially I felt some guilt about not holding the authors’ book in my hands the way it was meant to be experienced. However, after hearing hundreds of books over the last several years my opinion has changed.
What is one of the most vital purposes of a novel? Entertainment. An audio book allows me to experience every word the author wrote, in all of its literary glory, with an added element of entertainment because of a talented narrator. I’ve actually come to enjoy some books more in their audio version than I did when I read them.
If you haven’t listened to a novel you should give it a try. Then weigh in on the debate. Can you only ‘read’ a book one way?
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