Book Reviews

Not Using Audio Books – Afraid to Walk & Chew Gum

December 10, 2009

Just what you wanted, another article about why you should be using Audio Books in your life.

In this article I will begin with 3 of my favorite reasons for using audio books. So please, be ready for whatever will pop up.

1. I am putting this one first as it is true to life and recently just happened. My wife and her sisters went down to Florida to celebrate their brothers birthday.

You say big deal but it really was. He has lived in Florida for over 20 years and it is the first time they have ever been together, in Florida. Well not being from there, my wife and her sisters were out on the beach walking and taking in the sights, smells, sounds and the great weather. Suddenly the whole thing was interrupted.

There was a woman that was running down the beach and she tripped over a sun bather and fell, she apologized to him and continued. She then ran into a couple walking down the beach and it continued on for minutes while they watched in amazement. This woman was trying to read a book while jogging on the beach.

How much she actually read and what portion of it she was able to retain is suspect. Do you think you could concentrate while running and trying to avoid hitting people or tripping over them while reading at the same time?

The statistics say that after reading a book, you will only be able to retain 10% of the subject matter in the book. Details will be very hazy at best and you will have to read it again to even get the basic story line correct.

But if you are listing to an audio book it is possible to double that statistic. Up to an astounding 20%.

2. How many times have you looked over at the vehicle next to you only to see that the driver is reading something. How scary is that? More often then not he/she is not reading a book but maybe a magazine or a report or something similar. People think that they are great multi-taskers and should be able to do something else while driving.

This contributes to the higher rate of accidents as well as people using cell phones. There is help in the form of audio books that you can either load onto a CD and play in you car player or put it on an iPod or mp3 player and listen through the headphones.

But, I believe that you should do none of those as I would rather you were able to concentrate on driving and avoid other motorist. How often have you just gotten through driving a section of roadway and not remembered driving through there. Why, because you were busy doing or thinking of something else and not concentrating on driving.

Even though using cd’s or players to listen to music or audio books you cannot concentrate on driving, but if you insist on doing it, listen to audio books instead of reading.

3. As long as we are talking about driving, why not use audio books while you are driving your motorcycle? It is the same as driving your car but a lot noisier. You will not make you very cool like your fellow riders but certainly more informed.

Well, you have gotten the gist of my articles. While you wait to get the next article, put together a list of your own and you can compare yours to mine.

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