I've always been a big reader. In kindergarten, while everybody else was in reading group learning what sound "a" makes, I was in the library reading books. Book-books, things that might be considered for middle schoolers today.
I plowed my way through 80 or so Hardy Boys books by the time I was in fourth grade.
I don't mean to brag, just to give you a frame of reference for this post.
I have a fairly retentive memory. If I write something down, by hand, I probably don't need to look at it again. I can write a grocery list at home, forget to look at it until I get ready to check out, and find that maybe I missed one of 20 items.
Again, not to brag. That kind of steel trap memory is as much a liability as it is a boon: I can remember grocery lists and account numbers (I used to remember a lot of phone numbers but I rarely dial by number anymore), but I also remember every insult from elementary school and man, can I hold a grudge.
Reading is a primary activity for me. I sit down to do it, and I don't do anything else while I'm reading, except maybe listen to classical music. I used to walk and read, but the older I've gotten, the slower my reflexes are and, frankly, the less I care about things outside the book, so I'm more likely to walk into someone. Or something. Like a building. Or a car.
But listening is a secondary activity. I listen to audiobooks while running or cleaning or cooking. I listen to podcasts while working or working out or doing mundane things that require my body and hands.
Sometimes I'll go back and listen to something a second time as a primary activity, if, for example, I want to take notes (see, for example, my notes on Bert Kreischer's conversation with Bobby Kelly or Mike Baker on Joe Rogan's podcast), but by and large, I can listen and absorb the important stuff.
People spend more than half their waking hours
In an average week, the typical American spends approximately 38 hours watching television shows and movies, 8 hours reading books, magazines, and newspapers, and 18 hours listening to recorded music and radio.
While none of these studies addresses podcasts, which fall somewhere between talk radio and audiobooks (I guess?), we know a few things.
Listening, which meanings giving attention to sound, "tunes our brain to the patterns of our environment faster than any other sense, and paying attention to the nonvisual parts of our world feeds into everything from our intellectual sharpness to our dance skills. ... The richness of life doesn’t lie in the loudness and the beat, but in the timbres and the variations that you can discern if you simply pay attention."
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Here are three audiobooks I'm enjoying right now, and why I'm listening instead of reading:
This is the sort of book that
Don't worry, honey. I didn't sleep with her. And technically my copy, which was purchased used and handed down after that, is not unread. Probably. It seems to have passed through many hands to have not been read.
They have side conversations (obviously not available in the print version), and I'm sure the print version is sadly corrupted by at least some editing (Stanhope yells, "fake name!" on the audio in each place the lawyers made him change someone's name.
Skolnick narrates the audiobook, and stops after each section to have a conversation with Goggins, so the audiobook is really part podcast as well.
Here are some things I'm filling my earholes with.
Five more suggested episodes:
He sprinkles in fake facts and ads, and has a super-engaged following. Most episodes include regular segments related to the topic, such as a timeline and "idiots of the internet," his response to ridiculous comments on YouTube videos and reddit threads and the like.
Five suggested episodes:
His episodes are often surprising — from spiritual discussions with creators of comedy shows to funny conversations with spiritual advisers to discussions about the practice of both light and dark magick/alchemy through the centuries.
It's hard to pick where to start, but here are five suggested episodes (and don't let any weird ads get to you — his humor often isn't mine and some come off just odd; you can always just skip through to the episode). These episodes all happen to be male interview subjects, but yes, he regularly has women on the show.
Astonishing Legends. It's been fun following Forrest Burgess and Scott Philbrook as they took this show from a hobby to a career. They run the definitive show for the world's real-life mysteries, along with some urban legends. I learned about shadow people and black-eyed kids from the show, but they've done in-depth series on things like the Mothman, the Betz Sphere and the Black Monk of Pontrefact.
They have a team of volunteer researchers and they have fans send in segues to read the shows back in from ads. They have a release schedule that, after four years of listening, I still haven't wrapped my head around; they take a week off every three or four weeks or so. When they do a series, they never know how many episodes it will be, because sometimes people come out of the woodwork for interviews or with new information after the first episode comes out.
Five suggested episodes:
• The Sallie House:
• The Devil and Anneliese Michel — Exorcism on Trial:
• Oak Island Money Pit:
• The Betz Sphere:
• Skinwalker Ranch: