If you listen to an audiobook, can you count that book as read? I'd like to know what you think.
Arguments in favour:
1. Time committment. I'm currently listening to "Heidi" and it's over 9 hours long. "War and Peace" is over 60 hours long. I think this is a shorter time than it would take me to read, due to the fact that I do a bit of re-reading and there are probably a lot of things I stop for. That said, it's still...
2. An Unabridged Work. There is nothing different here than in a book.
1. You don't actually read the book. You could probably read some while you work out, but in the car... this is wasted time and can only be filled in audioformat.
2. Perceptual Differences. You hear someone else's intonations which may change your perspective of characters and the overall feeling of the work
There are three things I look for when I am choosing an audiobook.
1. A book I don't think I'd get around to reading.
2. It's usually a classic, because of copyright reasons you can get these for free instead of paying for them on iTunes.
3. A good review - which usually means a good narration. This is key, because you don't want to listen to anything taxing, expecially if it's going to be for 10 plus hours.
Thoughts on audiobooks and if they count as books you have 'read'?