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In Praise of Audio

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Another holiday driving season is over- whew! – and it brought to mind just how much my children and I have enjoyed unabridged audiobooks.

I originally became a fan of  audiobooks when my oldest son – now 18 – was  8 years old and we would make 10 – 12 trips a year across the state of Texas. Usually these trips were at least 8 hours and there is only so much you can do in a vehicle for 8 hours without kids getting bored, cranky, whiny or all three.  To us, the audiobook of  “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” opened up a whole new chapter in our lives.

We would put in a cassette tape and be transported by Jim Dale‘s wonderful reading of this story. A story I might add that I was interested in, but had no urge to read if I had any free time.  Suddenly the long, grueling trip was over too fast – we hadn’t finished with the story…

As soon as we got to our destination, Alex and I went to the nearest Wal-Mart and bought the 2nd and 3rd in the series – we were officially “hooked”!!

It’s hard to believe that was more than 10 years ago and during that time we have listened to all different types of books – Dan Brown, Janet Evanovich, Stephen King,  Phillippa Gregory and of course every single J. K. Rowling!

There were 3 years that when my mother asked me what I wanted for my birthday (when I was 30+ years old) I begged for the then soon-to-be-released “Harry Potter” on CD or “tape” – I wouldn’t even buy a new vehicle unless it had a CD/Cassette player in it.

Alex, James and now Savannah and I have put a lot of miles on vehicles and listened to lots of audiobooks.  It is something we can do as a family, that encourages us to use our own imagination instead of a movie director’s vision for a story. I can say that we will be listening to our favorite books on our road-trips for many years to come.

Thank you for bearing with me on a post that had nothing at all to do with ebooks and letting me praise the audiobook. Next time you are taking a road-trip with your family, consider getting an audiobook from your library and having everyone listen.  It is an experience that you wont regret and just might help foster your young one’s love of the written word – all 3 of my children love books.  I highly recommend anything that Jim Dale reads as he does a fabulous job of separating the characters dialog.

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5 thoughts on “In Praise of Audio

  1. I tried Dale’s audio book, but i found reading to be better for me. The book is more fast paced when I read. I guess it is just not my cup of tea.

    • Jeyna – Believe me I love to hold a book or either my Kindle or Nook in my hands and read a book…actually I love the smell of my books, the weight of the “book” in my hand. And I am a fast reader – a 300 page book in a few hours.

      That being said, when cooped up in a car with children of varying ages, nothing can beat an audiobook for “quiet-calm”. The kids (and I admit myself as well) ready get involved in the book. My children loved that way that Jim Dale read/acted the Harry Potter series out. They were able to get the “story” even when they couldn’t actually read the words.

      The boys could also watch movies on the DVD player on the road-trips, and everytime they chose to have a book “read to them”.

  2. Robert Clear on said:

    Interesting post. After the demise of the cassette player it was years before I rediscovered audiobooks, but have recently been reconverted. Some ‘reads ‘ I can recommend are ‘London: The Biography’ by Peter Ackroyd and ‘Right Ho, Jeeves’ by P.G. Wodehouse.

    • Robert- Thanks for the recommendations…we have another road-trip scheduled for March and will have about 36 hours drive time combined.

      I miss my cassette player, but the CDs work so much easier when trying to rewind or find a particular point.

  3. I listen to books on cd all the time. Best of all, now I can download audio books from my library while I sit at home! I am currently listening the The Survivors Club. Not all voices suit my ears however and that’s why I usually check out a handful at once. So many stories — so little time!

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