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Q&A: Books vs. Audio-Books | Which Reading / Learning Format is Best???

10 February 2014 No Comment

students couple in library listening to audio ipod music

“One must never stop reading. Read everything that you can that is
of standard knowledge. Don’t waste time reading trashy literature.”

~ Marcus Garvey

On my latest video – a quick review of my top 3 *must-read* books on developing willpower (besides my own of course, which is naturally top-tier, high-caliber goodness on the subject) – I received an interesting question. A viewer asked…


“Bryan, I’ve seen two of these books as audiobooks: do you think there is any benefit or detriment to listening to the audio as opposed to reading it?”

Catch my three picks in the video here, but first dig my response:


man listening to headphones in new york city with books and glasses“YES! Big detriment, in my most humblest of opinionadoes…primarily, that you won’t see the LOGIC of the arguments (nor grasp the author’s fundamental style of thinking) by listening as much as you would reading. That’s the biggest drawback…

I know a good book when I stumble across one because, without realizing it, I start thinking like the author himself. That’s my personal litmus test of a true wordsmith and strong thinker; maybe it’s just the writer in me, but this never happens with audiobooks. (Not to mention that I never finish them either.)

Also, ironically, reading is faster than listening (trust me because I record myself reading scripts all the time). You can even notate with a big red pen, then dog ear, etc. Even with library books that don’t belong to you – the librarians won’t find out, and whose to say it was you anyway??? ;)

Lastly, listening to audiobooks lends itself well to the perilous evils of MULTI-TASKING, which you know I despise with a vengeance and almost always vehemently oppose. This hurts your “reader-concentration” (to me), because if you’re ironing, cooking, driving or whatever, you’re consequently missing out on all types of valuable ideas…you’ll keep hitting rewind to catch what you didn’t hear the first time, constantly lose the author’s rhyme-flow and so on.

All in all, *unless you have a set routine you go through everyday*, where you know *for a fact* that you’ll genuinely dedicate listening time towards – as we’re all busy people and things come up – I’d suggest the physical book as opposed to the audio, or even eBook too.

Kick it old-school style brother.


p.s: If you’re really feeling the audiobook idea, listen first thing in the morning, or last thing right before you hit the dreamworld, as that’s when you’re subconscious is the strongest and most receptive.”

…and that’s that. I love Q&A. It’s much easier than just talking from inside my own head, so message me with any inquiries, anytime.


Discover more great insights, techniques, strategies and wisdom for self-mastery and artistic success in my new book, How to Conquer Yourself: Discipline & Willpower for the Conscious, Creative Thinker, available on on Amazon here. (For autographed and personally-dedicated copies, delivered much faster, click here)

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