Are you already an audiobook lover or perhaps thinking of trying one? The reader can make all the difference. A poor narrator can ruin an otherwise good book, and a great reader can make anything a listening pleasure.
When was the last time you enjoyed a good laugh? Everyone deserves to have some laughter in their life. Laughing improves your health. Did you know laughing heartily 100 times a day gives the same cardio results as working out for 10 minutes? Laughter produces a natural energy boost, lowers stress, and adds joy and zest to life!
When my children were younger, we used audiobooks to keep them quiet on long trips. They worked great. As my children grew, their likes and our likes in audio changed. They spent more time with head phones on listening to music. Now the kids are gone, and audiobooks have taken a regular spot in my day. Not only do we use them for trips, but for my ride to work, or to the mall. Audiobooks have become a big part of our library system, and are used by all ages. Now, for those of us who love to read, we can do just that even while driving, sewing, or cleaning house.
Today while I was helping a teen looking for a book, I overheard her brother telling her that she could get the book's audio version by purchasing it with "Mom’s account and she’ll pay for it". He had recently purchased one and paid $10. Wow, I thought to myself, they could benefit by using Overdrive. I apologized for over hearing their conversation, and told them about our Overdrive database.
Things I've Learned While Working at the Library: I Need a Jeeves
One of the things that makes working at the library such a great job is that one thing I find in the library may lead me to discover something new. I find an author or a book I knew nothing about, and end up going off on a voyage through the library to find out more. Let me give a recent example, wherein I learned that there is nothing more valuable than having a "Jeeves".
Some days, do you want to hide under the covers mumbling, "Please, no more information: no more cell phones, TV's, I-Pods, Facebook, Twitter, computers or newspapers?" Do you long for a quiet spot to sit with a cup of coffee or tea and just reflect? Were we really meant, as humans, to process so much information?
I confess: I am a wimp and I scare easily. I once slept with the lights on for a week after watching the movie, Rosemary’s Baby. Riding the Ferris wheel scares me. That is why I turn to the experts, the Horror Writers Association and their Bram Stoker Award, to compile a list of audiobooks that will get your heart pumping and your flesh creeping this Halloween.
Steer wrestling, barrel racing, bull riding, livestock shows, and barbeque are all part of the 2010 season of The American Royal -- happening from September through November at the Kemper Arena. People of all ages and backgrounds come to enjoy the sights, sounds, and even the smells of western life. Animal lovers, cowboys and cowgirls, and the most ardent city-slickers are attracted to the excitement, competition, and fun that happens at the American Royal.
My husband and I like listening to audiobooks together while we work in our home office. We also listen to audiobooks when we go on trips. His family lives far enough away that we can usually get a book done on the way there and another one on the way home.
While tucking my granddaughter into bed for the night, she asked me to tell her the story of The Three Little Pigs for the tenth time that day. The day before, the only story she wanted to hear was Rapunzel. My granddaughter, who loves to read, is even more transfixed when listening to a good story.