Are Audio Books CHEATING?

 

*mentally prepare yourself a rant about a very unpopular opinion*

TRIGGER WARNING.

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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!

AUDIO BOOKS

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.

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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:

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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.

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XX, SARAH

82 thoughts on “Are Audio Books CHEATING?

  1. I enjoyed reading this very much. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of audio books, but they did come in very handy after my son was born, and they still come in handy if I have a migraine and can’t read, but am able to handle speech. But the problem with audio books is that they’re not all equal. Some narrators are just awful, and I can’t get into the books the way I would if I was reading. So, it’s a give and take. 😊

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  2. Dawlyn: Interesting post! I read physical books, sometimes ebooks, and I’ve more recently gotten into audiobooks. Though this doesn’t necessarily apply to me, I’m going to play devils advocate here. There are people with disabilities (blindness, dyslexia, other learning disabilities) who listen to audiobooks simply because print and ebooks are not accessible for them. For these individuals, audiobooks are often times the best or only way for them to read books. Because of this, I have to say at least for these individuals, audiobooks aren’t cheating.

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    • Thanks Dawlyn! (also thanks for saying which one of you it is, I always get confused when people from collab blogs comment haha) Yeah I agree it isn’t cheating for certain people! Should’ve clarified that…I’ll add it in right now! I did mention it very briefly before 🙂

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      • Awesome! I definitely prefer reading physical books and like @bionicbookworm, it definitely takes me way longer to get through audiobooks. However, I recently listened to Tina Fey’s and Shonda Rhime’s books and because they both narrated the books themselves, I don’t think I would have enjoyed the them as much had I read the physical copies! I guess it all comes down to preference!

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  3. I can appreciate your side and why you think it’s cheating. You aren’t technically reading the book with your own eyes. However I don’t find them to be cheating at all. I’m still getting every word the author wrote, still meeting the characters, and still getting the whole story. It actually takes me WAY longer to listen to a book than it does to read one! I personally don’t listen to many audiobooks and I prefer to read, but I still count it as a story read. I actually had a discussion post on my blog a while ago https://bionicbookwormblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/lets-talk-audiobooks/
    Thanks for a great discussion post 🙂

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  4. I also find that I space out and start thinking about a different thing when I listen to an audio book and have to mentally make sure that I’m still paying attention. And the smell of books is a big part of it, definitely!

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  5. I’ve never listened to an audiobook… and I don’t want to. I’m a very visual person and I will not remember anything if the story’s being told to me. I think that I have to READ IT WITH MY OWN EYES and experience it, rather than just hear it. Plus you can really hate the narrators which sucks. I just really prefer physical books over everything, honestly!

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  6. Such an interesting discussion, Sarah! I don’t listen to audiobooks at all because for some reason, I don’t think I’d be able to focus on it properly, like I can when I’m holding a book and seeing the words in front of my eyes 🙂

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  7. Wow, I agree completely with you! Audio books aren’t my preference either though I have never tried them. Sometimes I space out to the point that I don’t even hear my classmates talking to me until I realise that they are staring at me and I’m like “what?” If I were to ‘read’ audio books, I think I might just lose track of where I am in the story, haha.

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    • Hahahaha I also feel like I also pay less attention to details because usually when I’m reading a book with foreshadowing in it or whatever (something important!) than I’ll reread it a few times! The last time I read an audiobook was…GOSH 3 YEARS AGO!

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      • Ah yes! I have this strong feeling that I might not even know that foreshadowing is present and being used. I feel like I might just miss the entire part and then be very surprised at the plot twists that follow up because I missed it!

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  8. I’ve listened to one audiobook in my life. It’s not exactly cheating, I mean you AREn’T READING but I think for a lot of people IT’S THE STORY. Hell, I wouldn’t mind If I jut had to touch a book and the story would be imprinted in my mind. IS IT CHEATING? Reading wise it is cheating but I agree with you and paragraph, especially that GIF

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  9. I can’t multitask like you said as English is not my mother language and I need to concentrate with an audiobook. I read as easily in English than in my mother tongue but listening is another skill. Anyway I don’t really think it’s cheating. In the beginning the only way for men to teach something or remember things was with oral traditions. Writing did not exist yet and people learned or were entertained by oral tales. Audiobooks can teach people they also can entertain them and if the voice is really good it should make for an extraordinary experience. Of course you miss the smell and you can’t admire the covers on your shelves or take pictures. That’s a let down I do agree. On the other hand audiobooks are handy if people are busy (you said multitasking) and if people don’t really like reading they still can enjoy fabulous stories. Last parting words: as Shanah said don’t excuse yourself for your opinion. I love a good discussion. Thanks for this interesting topic 😉

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  10. I feel like they’re not cheating 🙂 I like audiobooks not because I can multitask, but because I work at the computer and I feel like if I keep exploiting my eyes like that, in 30 years I might not be ABLE to read anymore. So they’re just there for resting my eyes. I used to space out a lot too! But I guess it takes time. I just learned to concentrate on the listening more 🙂 yeah, it’s definitely a different experience. Most books that I “audio-read”, I could turn to reading in ebook form too (I use an app that reads back to me), but I’ve noticed that if I start listening, I’d rather finish the book listening as well. Or if I read, I will not want to listen to that particular book. But it is true that if you’re doing something busier than just the dishes, you might lose some paragraphs because sometimes you don’t notice when your attention shifts. Still, I sort of force myself to listen more, because that way I don’t have to worry about my eyes and have to suffer less headaches due to eye strain 🙂

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  11. I agree, audiobooks aren’t “books”. They are not read and it’s basically like listening to the radio. I’ve only listened to one audiobook and although I liked it, it didn’t give me the joy I get from reading. I do understand why they’re popular though, they’re good for multitasking. And also to listen to in the car if you’re driving.

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  12. One reason I dislike audio books is just how long they are. There are books I can finish in two-three hours but it takes double that time to listen to it. I doubt I’ll ever be a fan of audio books.

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  13. I AGREE WITH YOU SO MUCH. I (haha I just spelled ‘have’ wrong and it autocorrected to ‘Flynn’ and there’s a Tangled gif at the beginning of the post and…I’m going to stop now) have a hard time with audiobooks. I’m such a visual person that, like you said, it floats in one ear and out the other. I won’t remember any of it! Plus, it just doesn’t feel real to me without a book in my hands.
    Great post, Sarah! 🙂

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  14. I LOVE AUDIOBOOKS. bUT I totally agree with you when you say that it’s annoying not to be able to reread, and I would never use them as a replacement, but it lets me get through more books in basically “borrowed time” when I wouldn’t be able to really read. And not being able to page through and go back is annoying… but I still love them and consider them “reading” just because… I don’t actually know…. ugh I’m having trouble replying lol. But I loved hearing your opinion!

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  15. As far as I am concerned, if someone is opening themselves up to a story and learning from it the format does not matter. I think utilizing all formats is beneficial. There is no wrong way to read, only they best for you. From my own experiences and of those of my friends, it is very dangerous to say, “this isn’t reading” because some people will go “What is the point then?” and never listen to a book and miss out on exposing themselves to so much. Also, I know I did not read for YEARS because I felt belittled because I did not read like others or read the same things.

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      • Once again it comes down to preference, because it does not work for someone does not mean it wont work for someone else. By saying audiobooks are not reading it essentially belittles it (audiobooks) and people who read via audiobooks.

        From your replies, please clarify if I get this wrong, audiobooks are not reading for YOU, that does not mean it is not reading for others. I take this second part from the section of the post where you talk about individuals with disabilities and the fact you said; “details just stand out more to me in writing”, this might not be the case for everyone.

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      • I guess my main point I’m trying to get across is that to make it a book it has to be able to be read, because reading is what makes it a book…

        Everything in my post including the title are facts in my own opinion. I think that audiobooks are not reading (yes for everyone) because they’re really not the same thing but it’s again just my opinion. I’m not saying that people SHOULDN’T read them, this is why I don’t read them.

        I’t’s my opinion that audio books are generally not the equivalent of books. However a reason why I prefer basic books over audio books is because details stand out more to me in writing. The reasons why I prefer normal books over them and why I don’t think that audio books are actually books are two different things.

        If someone feels that I have belittled audiobooks from this post than they’re right that’s exactly my point in this post; that audiobooks aren’t important. The thing is that one stranger on the internet shouldn’t be able to persuade someone’s feel for importance/liking of them. Even so it’s my opinion that they are NOT reading and people can disagree with that, I don’t mind. But it’s nice to take the other side of the argument into consideration, which I did do. Nobody should feel unsettled by my opinion. If they do, they should ignore it, and if they don’t they can comment their own opinion on the topic.

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  16. Interesting topic! I tend to think of them as another form of reading but to each their own. I love audio books for my commutes but have to be very careful which books I choose – I do fined that YA and fiction lend well to the audio format while more detailed books with large number of characters might cause me to get lost… in the audio as my attention is split.

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    • Thank you! Ah yes the type of book definitely matters…the last audio book I listened to was the Hunger Games which obviously isn’t very hard to follow lol. But say if I were to listen to All the Light We Cannot See on audio I would be super confused.

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  17. UMMMM EXCUSE ME AUDIOBOOK ARE NOT CHEATING. Okay technically they are but STILL. I was never really into audiobooks like I didn’t care enough to get like a subscription for an audiobook site UNTIL A FEW WEEKS AGO. I SUBSCRIBED TO AUDIBLE AND I AM CURRENTLY LISTENING TO MY VERY FIRST AUDIOBOOK AND I’M IN LOVE. THEY’RE SO COOL BECAUSE YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ELSE WHILE READING (oh sorry LISTENING) TO A BOOK?????? I always do my makeup while listening and it’s SO FREAKING COOL. I’m a 100% audiobook supporter. But I totally understand why people don’t like them. I USED TO BE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE XD

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  18. I will always prefer a BOOK book to an audio book! I completely get what you mean about the whole experience of reading, as for me it’s all about being able to see your physical reading journey. Obviously this comes down to personal preference, and I may come to love audio book as much as the real thing one day, but for now I’m sticking to my paperbacks!

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  19. *applause for this post*!! I space out so easily when it comes to audiobooks- I mostly end up dnf’ing them cos a few hours in and I’ve no clue what’s happened- which means i have to rewind… Also I’m a fan of multitasking- but if I want to multitask, then there are so many other things I can just listen to (like the radio, music, podcasts… basically not something that actually requires my brain to engage too much). I do get that other people love them, but they’re so not for me. Maybe one day that’ll change, but until then, I’ll stick to reading with my eyes 😉

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  20. Interesting post, Sarah!
    I don’t personally agree that audiobooks are cheating and they are the only way for some people to actually be able to read, being so busy all the time (like myself). I do space out a lot as well, but I find it easy to just go back and forth on my audiobook just as I would a regular book. It’s no biggie.
    I do agree it’s a different experience altogether, but not a lesser one. I love to listen to audiobooks, especially when the narrators are really talented. It’s almost like being a kid again, and having your parents read to you.
    I used to despise audiobooks as well but then I tried them out and realized I was being unreasonable. I know it’s not for everyone and I respect that, but to me they are a life-saver. Finding more efficient ways to get the exact same content is not cheating. Cheating would be to read a recap online and say you’ve read the whole book just because you know what happened in it 😉

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  21. The only time I really listen to audio books is when I’m doing something really routine at work. Something that my brain does not have to be engaged in, while my hands work. Sometimes if I end up driving places or flying, I’ll listen to them then also.

    I wouldn’t necessarily say that I don’t consider them reading, because if I did, that means bedtime stories are out of the reading picture and I don’t think I’m quite ready to go there…

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  22. I know this might be a bit odd but I haven’t actually ever ‘read’ or heard an audio book 😂 I don’t think I would completely enjoy the experience either because, like you-I LOVE the smell of books and I just love the feeling of being able to read and enjoy looking at the words and absorbing in the story by myself so if I heard an audio book, it just wouldn’t be the same! It’s still a great idea for people who are not able to read though! ☺️❤ Anazing post!!

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    • Thank you! Wow you’ve never heard of an audiobook? BUT THEY AREN’T THE REAL THING SO WHO CARES? 😂😂 I can’t really remember when I found out about audio books but I haven’t known about them FOREVER. They didn’t really used to be a big thing, but I do remember seeing that you could buy them on phones and stuff when I was like 8…:)

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  23. I don’t have anything against audiobooks, but I don’t consider listening to them reading. Like, my brain can’t even comprehend why it would count as reading. Even the most basic dictionary definition of reading doesn’t apply to audiobooks.

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  24. Hahahaha I can see you opened up quite the can of worms here! I can’t say I think that it’s cheating PER SE. You do make excellent points. I personally don’t LIKE them so I guess I can’t really have an opinion here haha. Sometimes I wish I do like them because I could listen to so many books while I do my housework and on my way to work and just generally doing things that don’t take concentration but I can’t use my hands/eyes to read. But ALAS they bug me to no end. I have tried a total of 2 audio’books’ and had to DNF both UGH.

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  25. Okay, I half agree and half disagree. I do see how audio books are cheating, but at the same time, reading doesn’t always have to be about learning and growing, sometimes you just need to enjoy the book and listen without worrying. Would you consider watching a movie instead of reading a book cheating? Because it’s kind of just like listening to an audio book. I just think if you love listening to audio books then do it and if you love reading them then do it. You do you man. 🙂

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  26. Personally I don’t consider audiobook as cheating, because to me, reading is not a contest, you don’t have to “cheat” because you don’t have to read a certain amount of book for instance. I sometimes listen to audio book, especially for the two following reasons:
    1. I have a phobia of too long books, because I cannot not finish a book, and when I start a book, it’s a commitment, I know I’ll have to finish it. And audiobooks help me a lot when I’m having hard time to be invested and I don’t want to be in a book slump.
    2. French is my mothertong, and even though I have quite some vocabulary (thanks to reading in English) listening to audiobooks helps a lot in my pronunciation. It’s as much a part of my learning process as reading is.

    Emmabooks made a video a couple month back about audiobooks if you’re interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJm-UpO-8SQ

    Anyway, I understand your opinion as well, don’t worry 🙂

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  27. If someone ONLY listened to audio books then I would say, yeah that’s probably cheating. But I don’t consider myself a cheater. I listen to audio books during my hour commute to work. But I also have a book in my purse at all times (never know when you’ll get an amazing opportunity to read, like maybe during a lacrosse game 😛 )

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  28. I will admit I miss the smell of a new book but audio books are more efficient. A four hundred page book will take me minimum of a week, if not more. With digital audio books I can get through one book every two days on average! I feel that is a strong advantage. Reading a book for long periods of time usually just makes me drowsy. And I could read an ebook but I do not like staring at screens either for long periods. I read books full time for years then transitioned to digital audio books starting with World War Z by Max Brooks.

    Like audio books paper books are not cheap. Yes there is the library but that is just more driving and I dont have time to go back and forth weekly. I get all my audio books for free from the library. So audio books are really the best of both worlds: cheap, easy to find, virtually unlimited, do not get drowsy/stay active, you can download at home and listen while doing almost anything. Not like a paper book where you have to dedicate time daily.

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