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I stopped having books read to
me after entering school and learning to read myself.
I have several friends who know how to read as well and would like to if they could. Oh wait they can't!
Pesky little things like macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetes have taken most or all of their eyesight so audio books are the only option.
You're right. I never thought of that angle. I was thinking of some of my lazy friends who could read if they wanted to.
+1, I laughed.
We listen in the car constantly... 25 minute drive to school every day. My kid's vocabulary is through the roof thanks to audio books!
Kansas Audio-Reader Network - University of Kansas is a great way to volunteer for reading books, magazines and newspapers for the visually impaired. They also accept your unwanted stereo electronics for their annual fund raising auction.
I'm not an oral type of person, more visual. I might be listening to a really interesting story on KPR while driving along, but some interesting scenery will make me tune out the story. I hope that I can keep my eyes for a long time, but would adapt if I had to.
I appreciate that many authors have read their own work. No better voice, most of the time. Of course there are exceptions, not all good writers read well aloud. Poetry is a great audio to listen to as you drive or do dishes.
It's been quite a while, but I had a job where we collected biological samples most of the year then analyzed them over winter. That's when we would listen to books on tape. When you're spending hours and hours counting zooplankton through a microscope it's nice to have something to keep your brain from turning to mush.
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