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05 August 2009 @ 07:36 pm
My reaction to audiobooks is definitely at least somewhat different from my reaction to normal books. For one thing i tend to remember names from audiobooks better, generally when reading i seem to see a name-shaped string of characters and assign a mental shorthand to it, which sometimes means that i'm not actually sure how to even say the name out loud later, or even how to spell it. Having it repeated over and over again by a voice actor seems to do a much better job of embedding the name in my head. (Kinda ironically, i've actually started recognizing some of the more common voice actors, something which i've never been able to do in any other medium, but still can't remember _their_ names, just the names of the characters they're giving voice to =)

I think i also have an easier time getting through audiobooks than i do regular books. I made one or two attempts at reading Zelazny's Lord of Light that drizzled out for some reason pretty early before i got a copy of the audiobook and made it through that just fine and ended up thinking it was very interesting.

So it seems a little strange that although i'm interested in the plot and the setting of Miéville's Perdido Street Station, but i keep tuning it out whenever he gets to the descriptive bits. Whenever the language gets too... flowery? (though that seems like a totally inappropriate term for language describing a gritty steampunkish world) it just starts lowing past my brain without making a real impression. It's kind of odd though since i'm usually perfectly happy with digressions and descriptions. Perhaps it's the nature of the lanaguage he's using? In any case i end up being alternately interested during the plot advancey bits and bored during the descriptiony bits. But that's still a good enough motivation to keep on going through the book. What else am i going to do while commuting anyways? Listen to the radio? =P :)

Plus, as soon as i finish this book i can start the 4th book in Bujold's Sharing Knife series, which just came out on audiobook and which i've been very much looking forward to, despite sithjawa's lukewarm review :)
Iyindoiyindo on August 6th, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
I totally do the mental shorthand with names thing when I'm reading too!