Audiobooks – what a great way of re-living best of childhood years – listening to stories told by somebody else. And what a gift it is to be able to hear! A gift I came to appreciate more and more the last few years as my hearing ability became less.
Winter evenings – when it’s too cold to have an arm outside the blankets to hold a book, when I struggle to fall asleep, when I’m still hungry for words, when my eyes strain to read letters – then a soothing voice becomes an anchor, a quiet drift to dreamland. Listening while exercising – a tug of war between the wires, where to put the extra ear phone, tugging on the wire around my neck (where did it come from?) is an art I still need to master.
I’ve just finished listening to Kathleen Norris’ s Mother, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I fell asleep watching the movie edition of the latter book, and decided to catch-up reading the book; which was, not surprisingly, a totally different experience. I did not fall asleep during the listening though. Next on my listening list is Anthony Trollope’s The Warden.
What are your criteria for choosing audio books? What do you normally do while listening? What are you currently listening? Where do you find your favorite audio books?