#352 – Sleepy

Now that they are available digitally, I’m starting to really like audiobooks. Back in college I checked a few of them out of the library but they were abridged and they were recorded on a box full of cassette tapes. Now I can listen to them on my iPod while driving to work. The main things that I like is that the person reading the book usually acts out the scenes better than I would have and I don’t have to try and figure out how to pronounce some character’s weird name every time I come across it.


0 thoughts on “#352 – Sleepy”

  1. Matt says:

    LOL…I like it.

  2. Stephen says:

    Haha, great pun. 😀

    It’s easier for me just to read a story >.>

  3. Delegate says:

    How would Biff use hooked-on-phonics?

  4. Jace says:

    I find that Shakespeare read aloud by people that know how it goes sounds so much better than just reading it in your head, but it has to be read by people who know EXACTLY how to read it.

  5. cyber95 says:

    Now I’m thinking of a poster in my school, with a bunch of books strapped to Garfield, and the caption reading “I’m learning by osmosis!”

  6. Sleepingorange says:

    This is another one of your good ones; the premise is quite amusing, the pun is good (albeit a groaner), and the art is… Biffy. I love that his mouth over-laps the tape.

  7. Garrett says:

    I don’t see how anybody could enjoy that kind of book-on-tape(although this is more tape-on-book), but this IS Biff, who likes chocolate-covered reuben sandwiches on a stick.

  8. aan00b says:

    yes, audiobooks are much nicer than actually reading (well, I guess it depends on the reader, but if you stick with a good company then they usually hire the better guys/gals) and if you have either a Walkman (really old school) or a tape deck right next to your bed it’s not that hard to listen as you’re going to sleep…you might miss some important details and have to rewind a bit, but who cares about petty details like that?

  9. Ryan says:

    # Jace Says:
    #October 10th, 2007 at 1:21 am
    #I find that Shakespeare read aloud by people that know how it goes #sounds so much better than just reading it in your head, but it has to be #read by people who know EXACTLY how to read it.

    Patric Stewart for the WIN
    He should totally make some shakespear on tape. 🙁

  10. GreenTennisShoe says:

    amelia bedelia. My favorite was when she would draw the curtains

  11. Seraphine says:

    Listening to audiotapes in my car,
    I hear the first three words and
    tune out the rest. I can’t do it.

  12. trueblaze says:

    *slaps biff* You sir have just been PUNished.

  13. MoosePhysh says:

    To Ryan:

    Stewart does do Shakespeare on tape. He also does Dickens. Just check out Amazon.

  14. Yurgenst says:

    I love how Biff looks like hes trying really hard to learn while he is asleep.

  15. Kanki-chan says:

    Lol, this reminds me of the Dester’s Lab episode where Dexter tries learning French, but because the record skipped he could only say “cheese omlette” in French. Maybe Biff’ll wake up only able to quote Shakespeare.

  16. Nathan says:

    I am amazingly impressed at the quality of work, ideas and brilliance this comic has shown! I have been reading them since 10am early this morning (gmt +0) with many breaks, of course, and it provided a wonderful read. I will probably be buying the book (it would be a great book to have) and I will spread the word.

  17. Joe says:

    The best book on tape I’ve ever heard is Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. The voice work, done by Johnathan Davis, is really top notch.

  18. Darfyjones says:

    I never liked to read books when I was a kid, but then I tried books on tape. I realized I don’t like to hear people reading a book I thought was too boring to read myself. Also biff’s head kinda looks like it was from #175.

  19. Jenny says:

    Heh-heh, I l just love puns.

    I only like the audio books where the person does voice acting. It’s like listening to those old radio programs…plus, it’s really funny when a guy tries to do a girl’s voice, even funnier when he has to do an accent for her too.

  20. Ela says:

    Hmm… yes…

  21. Darkr0nin says:

    Biff is a GENIUS!

  22. pyrocat100 says:

    Lol, going to literal extremes there a bit xD.

  23. Radical Edward says:

    Biff, wrong tape…

    I like the idea of books on tape. My mother likes the Harry Potter series (on CD), but she hasn’t gotten as far as book 4.

  24. Biff’s just…. Biff! That’s something only he would think of.

  25. KZero says:

    Thats actually something I never thought of. I never had the desire for a book on tape until you mentioned that about the names. Some books have horribley unpronouncable names or names that lots of people pronounce differently when I show them the book. I wonder if people who read this post will pronounce the following names the way I do… feel free to try to write out how you think they are. That is… as long as Chris doesn’t mind.

    Other than the first one I made them up for my own works of fiction.


  26. Another Chris says:

    I’ve been going through Terry Pratchett’s Discworld audiobooks and there are a LOT of characters in there. The three readers used for the series will invariably pronounce names differently from each other, and often differently from their own previous recordings. One would think that the readers could quickly check with the author. Despite that one complaint, they do some top-notch reading/acting, especially considering all the different characters.

    Then there are some voices that I automatically tune out or grate on me. George Wilson as the narrator for Crichton’s “State of Fear” sounded too much like a narrator for high school movies. Matt Modine was incredibly flat for “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” was flat and completely upstaged by Calista Flockhart whenever a woman’s voice was required.

  27. Extra says:

    Books on tape are fun, BoTs on your iPod are convienent, but don’t accidentally put it on shuffle.

  28. Shorty says:

    Oh, god. Bad pun alert!

  29. Pom Rania says:

    Mm, books on tape are okay, but I prefer audio-drama podcasts. May I recommend Decoder Ring Theatre?
    The Red Panda Adventures are about this superhero in the 1930s; Black Jack Justice is some kind of private detective; and Deck Gibson is science fiction.
    Oh, and they’re also Canadian, but only the Red Panda ones are set in Canada (Toronto, to be specific). It won’t impair your enjoyment if you’re from a different country, but it’s nice hearing about a setting you’re familiar with if you ARE Canadian. (If you end up going on the boards, mention me. I use the same name there.)

  30. Alice Love says:

    Awesome! I used to sleep with books under my pillow when I was little thinking it would help me learn. Now I just blast music in my ears. Has the same effect 😛

  31. DaemonThanatos says:

    bad pun, Chris. VERY bad pun. (I’m saving this one in my pun archives)

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