Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Audio vs. Paper/Ebook

So I have heard and been told that when you listen to an audio book you cant count that as "reading" the book. Since you are technically not reading it. I have heard audio books compared to movies, saying that its like listening to a movie with no picture. I am a VERY slow reader, seriously; it took me 3 years to read pride and prejudice. Anyway I find that I don't have a lot of time to actually sit down and crack open a book. My little toddler usually doesn't allow it. When I do get the opportunity its usually... well, midnight and by that time if I do read I only limit myself to about 30 min, so I can be good alert mommy in the morning, not zombie mom. I find audio books as a great way to read (if I can call it that) all these books that I want while I do things like clean the house and wash the dishes. Also these Classics that I want to read I find it sometimes difficult. That's why it took me 3 years to get through Pride and Prejudice. Its not that the book isn't good  I LOVED the book. It's just that you can get so lost in the language that I feel it starts to wear me down. My mind starts to wander and I sometimes read a whole paragraph and wonder what I just read. Being able to listen to classics like these on audio, it gives me a chance to focus and stay focused so I always know whats going on with the story. I have "read" some really great classics this way. Dracula, Frankenstein, Tom Sawyer, Wuthering Heights, (audio was the only way I was getting through that one.) Hans Christen Anderson's collection of Fairy tales , etc. I have also been able to "read" genres that I would have ever thought before. I guess my point is that not only is audio books convenient for myself, but they have opened up some many more options that I never would have picked up in actual book form to read and I wouldn't have been able to enjoy as many classics as I have if I wasn't able to listen to the audio book. Now I want to make a point in saying that when I choose an audio book, especially if its a classic; I always make sure its the unabridged version so I don't miss a thing. This is my argument against why I believe that whether its audio, ebook or paper book, when you "read" it no matter in what form you have read it. But as always I would like to know peoples opinions on the matter and see what you think on this topic. So the floor is now yours, keep it clean and tasteful. No bullying or paragraphs of cursing. Please respect everyone and their opinion(s). Thank you. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015


Innocence By: Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz is one of those authors that I have avoided for a long time. It seemed like he produced a lot of books way to fast and it made me wonder how good the books really were. This book was this months book for a book club that I am in. The book intrigued me when I started it but about half way through I started having a hard time with the language, one of the characters and the disturbing images that this book brought with it. If it wasn't for a few of the lose ends that needed to be tied up I might have either stopped reading or at least put the book down for awhile. But at the end it was all tied in very nicely and I understood more about the nature of those things that disturbed me. So in the end the book was ok. Would I read it again? No. Will I read another Dean Koontz? Possibly.

Here's the description by Amazon.com:

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen.
She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found.
But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance—and nothing less than destiny—has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.