Have you ever tried switching back and forth between an audiobook and a “regular” book? I’ve noticed that Amazon offers the option to switch back and forth between a Kindle book and an audiobook (they often offer the audiobook at a discounted price), but I’ve never really considered trying it. Until recently.
I put the audiobook of Alex, Approximately on my list of books to listen to from the library and then promptly forgot and purchased it from The Book Outlet. (Go figure.) I decided to give the book a listen a week or two ago and listened to it while I was in the car. I was enjoying the story and the narration was great. Wished I didn’t have to park the car and get on with my day.
That night when I headed upstairs to bed, I caught sight of the book in my bookcase and thought, Why not? It only took me a minute or two to find my spot in the book, and I read for a good hour or two before I went to sleep. It was interesting because I actually felt like I had a bit of a sense of the characters now from the narration. I imagined Tem’s British accent really clearly and could hear Porter’s somewhat laid-back smirky voice in my head as well.
The next day, I had to do some more driving, so I kept listening. (It didn’t take me all that long to find my spot because I knew I was roughly halfway through the book. Of course, this is where there would be a benefit to having the Kindle/Audible versions, since it would save your spot.) Again, the characters almost felt a little more multi-faceted since I’d read them too. My imagination had filled in a few of the gaps. I found it surprising when one character’s voice didn’t match the one in my head!
And then, that night, I went back to bed with the book in hand and finished it off. This was truly a blended reading experience, and I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to! I’d never really considered going back and forth between reading and listening before—I’d always just have two different books going. But I’m glad I tried it out! I think I’ll be doing this with other books in the future.
Have you ever flipped back and forth between listening to and reading a book? If not, would you consider it? If you have, did you like it? I want to know!
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