What do you do while you listen? Any particular tasks or games that you find amazing for audio time?
This is the amazing thing about audiobooks. You can MULTITASK. And it is wonderful.
I listen to my audiobook in the shower, while getting ready in the morning, in the car, while running, while cleaning or cooking (my husband will laugh at this claim), and when I have trouble falling asleep at night.
I do not listen to my audiobook when engaged in tasks that require attention from the same part of my brain. For example, I could not listen to an audiobook while writing this post. I’ve heard about some people being able to do this, but I would retain approximately 0% of the story.
I also do not listen to my audiobook with headphones when I am watching the baby. I thought this was worth mentioning after a discussion with Trish earlier this week. If I am listening around the house, it is simply through my iPhone’s speakers. This means Evan can hear it (which causes me a bit of concern), but it also means I can hear Evan. I also do not listen on runs when I have E in the stroller. I want to be able to hear him and I want to be able to hear any impending danger.
To accomplish all of this listening, I load all of my audiobooks onto my iPhone. I mostly transfer cds from the library or review downloads onto my phone through my computer but I also have an audible account for immediate download straight to my phone. I set the tracks to remember my place so I never get lost. My phone has built in speakers for home (or there are various docks around the house) and my book begins playing in my car automatically via bluetooth (which is a bit of a problem when I DON’T want to listen to my book and I don’t realize this is happening…). I think I’d get a lot less reading done if we were back in the audio cassette days.
So what do you do while you’re reading audiobooks? Make sure you check out everyone’s posts over at Devourer of Books.