*mentally prepare yourself for a short BUT PASSIONATE rant about a very unpopular opinion*
Hello lovelies! (I always have to say hi and rant about my problems first tho DUH) So I suppose I’m in the mood to rant and I’ve been itching to write all day, although unfortunately I was stuck watching a lacrosse game all day. *no comment on how bored, hot, and hungry that made me* (THE WORST COMBO.) And remember that everything I say is just MY OPINION, so please don’t be offended if you like audiobooks, I don’t mean to offend your preferences.
During the school year I stared at the poster a lot that was hung up on the wall in of the school library. It read, “Audio books are not cheating.” and when I thought about it a for 1 second I had decided…THEY DO NOT. Now I have no clue how many of you will agree/disagree with this opinion but let me explain!
There is no other form of books besides:
a) the ebook: a book on a screen
b) the book book: a book with actual real live pages and the whole shebang!
You see, a BOOK is meant to be able to be READ or else it’s not a book, right? And then the word audio means transmitted sound…soooo audio books are books being read to you; or for you, I dare say.
THEY’RE LIKE CHEATING
I mean, you do inevitably benefit slightly from them, by learning new vocabulary, but audio books are really just the equivalent to listening to the radio. You’re not READING it using your EYES (Or fingers for braille! Speaking of which, if people have disabilities that make them unable to read than it is fair to call it not cheating for these people.) you’re listening to the book with your EARS. THE LAST TIME I CHECKED EARS CAN’T READ.
NOT MY PERSONAL PREFERENCE
I often reread certain paragraphs, pages, or even CHAPTERS to be quite honest, especially when I forget to read that certain book for a while. This is rather difficult to do on the little audio thingie! But most importantly, I SPACE OUT SO EASILY. I’ll just be having a
just DANDY day reading my stupid little audio book while staring at a wall and then all of a sudden I miss an entire chapter…And if you’re listening to them on your phone it makes you look SUPER antisocial.
Also though, you just don’t get the FULL EXPERIENCE of reading a book. For example, the satisfying motion of turning a page, as well as the SMELL of the book, (thats not weird right??) and feeling accomplished to see that thick pile of pages you’ve read! SO:
MY LIT TEACHER ALWAYS TOLD US TO REMEMBER COUNTERCLAIMS.
Audio books truly are an easy way to read, especially if you need to get something else done in your day at the same time (Go multitasking!). But really most of my classmates use them because they are simply lazy and complain about how much they hate reading blablablablabla. BUT ANYWAYS BACK TO THAT COUNTER CLAIM, if you love audio books just BECAUSE they are awesome and your true love than you go listen to those audio books and enjoy them! (and maybe you should’ve skipped over this entire post) In my opinion, audio books are good for multitasking, but AGAIN I like to chill out when I read. Although I am not an adult with adult responsibilities that may take up my normal reading time.