Sofa King, awesome!
Anyway, I like the option of sitting for a while and then reclining for a while and then laying on my side for a while and then on my back with my head on the armrest…rinse, repeat.
i find it very difficult to read anymore, sadly, but when i do i’m on the couch, folded up into my nest in the corner on the side that has the chaise bit at the end. wish i could read sitting up in bed but i just fall asleep. brain isn’t engaged enough. i can do crosswords or online jigsaw puzzles that way, though. (i can even do the crosswords laying down but sometimes i do fall asleep on them )
really want to try fixing my ability to read things other than recipes or internet articles this year. i miss books, and i have quite a backlog of comics now as well.
@f00l i do like podcasts and whatnot! but i have to be doing something else while i listen, like driving or cooking or cleaning. if i just sit somewhere my mind won’t be occupied enough and i’ll either fall asleep or think of other things and be unable to hear what i’m supposed to be listening to.
To me that’s one of the nice things about audiobooks: you can drive you can do chores or errands you can go for a walk or a run you can clean something or organize something all while listening to the audiobook or the podcast
Another huge feature is that you can play back at your chosen preferred speed which might vary depending on who is doing the narration and what their speaking patterns are.
The speeded up narration sounds absolutely fine.
audio books are traditionally narrated at a slightly slower than normal usual speaking phase because they were narrated for persons who were disabled or sightless and who therefore might find it cumbersome to make notes or might have to listen quite carefully because it’s more difficult to for them to make a written record of what they hear.
or perhaps there is some other reason
the audiobook industry started post World War I as a way to give access to printed materials and books for disabled veterans
and then the fletchling audiobook industries in the US and the UK quickly expanded out to include the general disabled populations
Recording and playback methods of the 1920s and 30s were pretty primitive compared to what we have now
it could be that the slower speaking speed of an audiobook narrator originated because of issues with the recording Fidelity and playback fidelity and so going more slowly simply made it all easier to understand
However the tradition of the audiobook narrator speaking at a slightly slower than usual conversational or reading pace has continued
anyway everyone I know who listens to audiobooks a lot speeds them up
If your mind is wandering when you listen to audiobooks it could be that speaking speed is so slow that you get bored waiting for the next word or phrase
I’ve had that happen to me when I didn’t have good player controls
Just use your playback controls to control the speed play around with it and see what pleases you
audible player includes controls every podcast player I know of includes these controls and the general MP3 audiobook players also include these controls; to me they’re vital
Years ago, when I was in grade school, my mother threw away my reading chair. She replaced it with a chair with wooden arms. For reasons I don’t understand, more than one person wanted those chairs when she died. Why? To read you need soft chair with arms that you can put your legs over. So you sit sideways in the chair.
She even told the doctor that I didn’t seem to hear her when I was reading. He told her that was good, it meant that I was really fully engaged in the book.
Preferred spot is my overstuffed recliner chaise lounge, so my tablet reader can be plugged in. In the summer its in direct line with the AC vent, wintertime I use an electric heated throw, or (blush) one of several Snugglies I have. In defense, they do keep you toasty warm, and I even have one with a pocket to keep your feet warm. Spring/fall temperate days or evenings, keep the patio glass doors open to let the air in, and listen to the creek outside.