“Testimony is expected to be given orally, on the assumption that the spoken, not the written, word is a truer reflection of the state of mind of a witness. Indeed, in many courtrooms jurors are not permitted to take notes, nor are they given written copies of the judge’s explanation of the law. Jurors are expected to hear the truth, or its opposite, not to read it.” Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to DeathI don’t only listen to books, but they have become an incredible supplement to my regular reading (usually on my Kindle app on my iPad). Here are some major advantages to audiobooks as I see them:
- You can listen faster than you can read. This is largely due to the fact that whoever you are listening to is probably a professional and can pronounce the words perfectly. Where we often stumble over confusing wordings, these readers never do. This is especially true with words that you don’t know. Once you get comfortable listening you can even increase the reading speed. I now listen to most of my books at 3x speed.
- You can listen in circumstances where reading a physical book would be impossible. I originally got into audiobooks because I wanted to maximize my time while I’m driving. Whereas I used to loathe this timeâ€”now I’m eager to drive somewhere. I also listen while I’m flying because I get motion sickness easily and can’t read on a plane.
- You can manage your books online and they have great apps for your phone. That way all I need is my phone to be ready at any time.
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