Friday, June 25, 2010

Audiobook Week: Seven Lessons

Thanks to Jen at Devourer of Books, we celebrated Audiobook Week across the blogosphere this week.  Before I get around to reviewing the actual book I listened to this week, I thought it would be a good idea to document my experience into this new world of Audiobooks.

Day 1: 
Downloading the Book.  Instead of trying to limit my audio experience to my car, or broadcasting what might not be appropriate content for my 5 year old on my stereo, I decided to download my audiobook onto my iPod.  I went onto the Brilliance Audio website for instructions - something I highly recommend!  The process was easy, and in a matter of minutes I was ready to go.

LESSON #1:  Read the instructions on downloading to iPod

Folding the Laundry:  I normally fold the laundry while watching past episodes of Buffy, but as this was Father's Day, I couldn't subject The Man to Buffy, and he wanted to watch the US Open Golf tournament.  Could I fold laundry, glance at the golf tournament, AND listen to an audiobook?  Not exactly.  I was very confused, and had a hard time following the story.  It was not the book's fault, nor my lack of ability to multi-task, which brings me to.... 

LESSON #2:  Turn the "shuffle songs" feature OFF. duh

Day 2:
Morning Routine:  I am not a morning person.  I don't usually talk much before 9 AM.  Instead, I decided to listen to my Audiobook while I made beds, served breakfast, and packed up the 7 year old's backpack.  Wow, I think I may have actually enjoyed this new early-morning ritual!  Unfortunately, my boys didn't enjoy it, which brings me to...

LESSON #3:  Keep an ear bud out in case your kids need you.  If you're "on duty" one ear bud is enough. This isn't music, you don't really need BOTH ear buds in...unless you WANT to block out the world around you.

That's Italian:  Today was the man's birthday, and he requested I make baked ziti.  Along with the baked ziti and birthday cake, I decided, since it was his birthday, to take it a step further and make meatballs, which I do not make as often as I should, especially when I have fresh herbs at my fingertips.  Speaking of fingertips...

LESSON #4:  Even though you're listening to an audiobook, it does not mean you don't have to use care while in the kitchen!  Yes, your character is being kissed by the boy she likes, but that doesn't mean you don't need potholders on your tray of baked ziti!  Pay attention!

Day 3:
Chores, Shmores:  Holy cow, I did EVERYTHING while listening to my audiobook!  I watered my plants outside, I did laundry, I cleaned the bathroom, and I even got dressed while listening to a chapter or two.  This is incredible!  All the things I normally put off in favor of sitting down with a cup of coffee and a book are no longer ignored.  I can take care of my house, and my kids, while listening to a book.  THIS is cool. 

LESSON #5:  Don't be rude.  Even though I had the one ear bud rule, it's still rude (or dangerous) to listen to an audiobook while you should be paying attention to other things...and people.  Sorry, little man! 

Day 4:
Writing the Wrong Way:  I could not read e-mails or write blog posts while listening to my Audiobook. Maybe some of you can, but I found myself concentrating more on what I was reading instead of what I was hearing. And forget writing! It's not like listening to music while I write - music enhances the writing process, audiobooks hinder the writing process.  I guess if your brain was able to comprehend two things at once, book addicts would be listening to audiobooks while reading the latest paperback at the same time.  Not possible.

LESSON #6:  No reading or writing while listening to Audiobook. 

Day 5:
What Was That?:  Some book bloggers, like Amanda, at Zen Leaf, don't take notes while reading a book.  I don't know how she does it, because I have a note card in all of my books, complete with character names, page numbers of my favorite passages, and important plot points.  Audiobooks don't allow you to see the names on the page or copy down funny quotes and for some reason, I had a hard time remembering character's names.  The plot was very easy to follow in this book, and the reader had these voices she did for the different characters, so keeping them straight while listening to her was easy...but later on, when it was time to write the review?  Um. Blank.

LESSON #7:  Take notes, if you're a book blogger and plan on writing a review.  For the rest of you readers out there, listen and enjoy!

Thank you to Jen at Devourer of Books - I am an Audiobook virgin no longer, and you have introduced me to a whole new world of reading! 

Now, I am overwhelmed at how many audiobooks are out there.  I haven't been able to water my plants, do my laundry, or make dinner without one - I need suggestions!!!!


bermudaonion said...

I love this post! One time a couple of my audio books got mixed up on my phone and I was happily listening to one book when all of a sudden a different narrator started talking about different characters and I was flummoxed until I figured things out. I use the "Look in a Book" feature or whatever it's called if I need to recall details of an audio book.

Booksnyc said...

great post! Lots of great lessons in there!

Jen - devourer of books said...

Fantastic post! Most of my audiobook listening is done with only one earbud in as well, so I can keep an ear out for Daniel. And I DEFINITELY agree with the no reading or writing while listening thing, I just cannot do it.

Beth F said...

Loved this post. Isn't it amazing how much more reading time you can find. I can play computer games while listening but I cannot do email or read blogs. Look at all the posts on how to write an audiobook review from this week -- some great tips for how to get names and quotes.

Alison's Book Marks said...

Kathy - I don't have a big-girl phone. My birthday is coming up, I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Booksnyc - Thanks for stopping by!

Jen - I am loving this whole event! Still going around reading other blogs, and learning so much, esp the great recommendations.

Beth F - Thank you! I'll be able to fit in at least one more book each week, it's great! I am going back to your blog today to read all of your recommendations, they're awesome! I'm still browsing around reading everyone else's posts. Great week!

Amanda said...

Honestly I can't even imagine taking notes while I read. I just get so into the book! The only time I take notes is when I'm comparing the two HP versions, which is different, of course, and because I've read the books a million times it's easier not to get sucked into them.

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said...

This was such a good post! My first experience with an audio book was while driving in my car, which works for me. I haven't been able to listen while doing chores and stuff though -- it just hasn't worked for me yet.

Shelley (Book Clutter) said...

Great post! I've had the unintended shuffle situation myself, which can be confusing! I try to be good and takes notes at the beginning of a book, but, like Amanda, by the middle I usually am so sucked into the story I forget to write anything down!
There's no way I could read, write, play games or do grocery shopping while listening. I just don't have that talent! Luckily, I have plenty of housework!

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