Some of the people quoted in this article about audiobooks need to get their noses out of the air.
Dain Frisby-Dart, 40, an avid audio book listener from Trempealeau,
Wis., told her book group a few years ago that she was listening to the
current selection. One of the members, a man in his 70s, reacted as if
she had been reading CliffsNotes.
“He said, ‘It doesn’t count
if you listened to it. That’s cheating,’ ” Ms. Frisby-Dart said. “I was
so floored by the comment that I just kind of laughed it off.”
The sad thing about that woman is that she stopped listening to audiobooks after that meeting. I'll be damned if I would, and if no one in the group stood up for me against that man, I would leave the damn group altogether.
This one made me laugh. It's better to not finish a book than to listen to it? How exactly are you better prepared than someone who listened to the whole thing?
“I said that I felt like listening to a book was a copout,” Ms.
Altman said. “I’m not like a hardcore book group person — a lot of
times I don’t even finish the book. But my point was that she is a
librarian and I thought it was pretty ridiculous. I’m a painter and it
would be like me painting by numbers.”
I have to say I am generally turned off by people that are snobbish about anything. I guess it's a good thing I'm a public librarian because the woman above is a teacher, and I couldn't deal with her as a school librarian. Does she think that librarians have time to sit down and read every book that's published? If she'd get her head out of her ass, she could listen to books while she painted.