Audiobooks outdo films in emotional engagement

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Post by k5hsj » August 6th, 2018, 5:40 pm

Listen and weep: 'Audiobooks outdo films in emotional engagement'

[A] new University College London study has found that audiobooks are more “emotionally engaging” than film and television adaptations....UCL study backed by Audible finds unconscious responses to the same book scenes, witnessed in adaptations across different media, are strongest in the auditory format.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jun/21/listen-and-weep-audiobooks-outdo-films-in-emotional-engagement
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Post by SonOfTheExiles » August 6th, 2018, 10:08 pm

I can see this.

I think it also makes the production more timeless.

The Twilight Zone stories were recently redone as audio only radio dramas about 15 years ago. (They’re in the App Store).

These audio productions avoid becoming dated, due to having no outdated visual effects. I found myself being quite affected by the audio production of an episode that I had previously not noticed much in the old TV episodes, namely “The Passersby”.

My accent notwithstanding, that would be a great DR play to take part in, if only it were PD.

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Post by Availle » August 6th, 2018, 11:33 pm

No big surprise here either.

In a book or even audiobook, you can use your own imagination to fit the characters, the setup, facial expressions... You still have to do some "work" to enjoy the story, definitely more so than with movies.

I love Lord of the Rings, and the movies are great I think. Still, every time I see Mr. Smith, I mean, Elrond, it feels like a slap in the face.
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