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citethesource November 27th, 2017 4:37am

You just finished an audiobook. Do you tell your friend you read the book or that you listened to the book?

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susanr Colorado
11/27/17 7:12 pm

I use them interchangeably.

Most people with whom I talk about books, and what I've read/listened to, know that I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and that I'm most likely talking about an audiobook, if I refer to that I'm reading/listening to *now.*

But I think that I usually say that I'm *listening to* the book.

They also know that I have a lot of ebooks and printed books, and that I fill in gaps in series of books - mostly mystery series - with print or ebooks, if I can't get them as audiobooks. So they know that I may be referring to an audiobook *or* an ebook or printed book. And sometimes I don't even remember which version I used for which book. Not that that comes up much; there's only one person I discuss mystery series with very much.

For anyone else, if I mention a book for the first time, I *may* say that I've read it, but I'll *immediately* qualify that by saying that I *listened* to it as an audiobook.

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FATSHADOW Cyborg Gorilla
11/27/17 4:33 pm

I have no problem telling ppl I listened to an audiobook.

Lately I have been doing both. I read at night, and during my commute I pick up where I left off with the audio version, they go back tp the book when I get home.

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cpaswr just say the letters
11/27/17 4:36 am

I think that I would say read the book out of habit. I’ve never listened to an audiobook though.