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Print Book or Audio Book? Or both?

Last year I did a review of Neil Gaiman's American Gods:

https://markrhunter.blogspot.com/2017/07/book-review-american-gods-by-neil-gaiman.html

Emily and I listened to it on audiobook while driving back and forth to Missouri and other places over the summer. It was only the second fiction audiobook I ever listened to, the first being Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy. I read that print book first, and was disappointed in the audio version, which was abridged and in my opinion not dramatized well. (However, I've never been disappointed in non-fiction audiobooks.)

American Gods was just a reading, rather than a dramatization; maybe that's what did it for me, but I loved it. Then the TV series based on the book came out, and got my interest enough to try reading the book myself. The audiobook narrator did such an awesome job that it seemed the print version would be weaker.

It wasn't. It seems there's no version of American Gods that isn't awesome, including the TV show.

There are places for both, of course--for instance, my wife really hates it when I read and drive. What's your preference, if you have one? Audio or print? And maybe I should tackle the graphic novel next.

Maybe someday we'll even get to "see" some of my books on audio.

The two versions do seem oddly similar, somehow.

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cornerofmadness
Jul. 19th, 2018 04:16 am (UTC)
Print definitely. I do find my attention divided if I'm driving and listening and that makes me nervous about the dangers. I don't have a job where I can work and listen and when I'm at home my time is spent writing so yeah, print.

That said, The House on the Rock (that's in the book) is really a cool place
ozma914
Jul. 19th, 2018 09:51 am (UTC)
I don't think I'm the only one who would like to road trip my way through the places mentioned in American Gods! When I read the book, I actually mapped out his route and found that many of the tiny towns mentioned in passing actually exist. Plus, Emily and I spent a few hours in Cairo, Illinois earlier this year. The funeral home doesn't look as described.

I don't have a problem listening while driving, but Emily doesn't want to even try it. Better safe than sorry.
cornerofmadness
Jul. 19th, 2018 08:46 pm (UTC)
Part of me says if I could go back in time being a tour guide doing 'literary tours' would be a fun profession.

Not everyone is as easily distracted as I am. I'm with Emily on this.
ozma914
Jul. 20th, 2018 07:56 am (UTC)
That would be an awesome occupation!
cornerofmadness
Jul. 20th, 2018 07:55 pm (UTC)
And a plot bunny is born
ozma914
Jul. 21st, 2018 05:12 am (UTC)
Great ... another plot bunny. Those things are multiplying like ... well, you know.
cornerofmadness
Jul. 21st, 2018 05:56 pm (UTC)
Right? There are more of them bouncing around my brain than anything
ozma914
Jul. 21st, 2018 09:59 pm (UTC)
And so little writing time ...
cornerofmadness
Jul. 22nd, 2018 02:44 am (UTC)
So very little
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