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Written by Kirsten on November 2nd, 2010

Given my current job, there’s always a lot of talk about what books are best experienced in print vs. which are done better justice on audio. I typically prefer print, as I’m an instant gratification kind of girl and can read much more quickly than anyone *should* narrate. I did, however, realize that there is the occasional exception when I listened to Emma Donoghue’s Room. I think that, like many who reviewed the book, I might have struggled with Jack’s narrative if it had been words on a page. Michal Friedman’s vocal interpretation was spot on, though, and I was engrossed from word one.

Similarly, there are some film adaptations that I enjoy far more than the books. For whatever reason, I really don’t love Nick Hornby’s novels, but have loved some of the films made based on his books (High Fidelity is definitely in my top five).

Have you found any patterns when comparing your appreciation for print books versus their audio or film counterparts? Is there a guaranteed formula as to which you’ll prefer?


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. So RIGHT about Hornby, though I liked the music choices in About a Boy in print rather than what they chose in the movie….

    Recent adaptations for films for books I love have delighted my eyes/brain though – the HP movies are pretty much fantastic and I find myself watching them almost as often as I re-read the books.

    • Kirsten says:

      I do love the HP movies, at least now that I’ve stopped trying to align them with the books. They really are a completely separate entity, especially from Prisoner of Azkaban on.
      I don’t remember the music in either the book or movie version of About A Boy. Seems that neither made much of an impression? Oops.

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