Many days my husband works 8 hours at his office, comes home, eats dinner, and then works some more in our home office. Sometimes, I’ll sit at my desk and make cards while he works. When we are both at our desks, we’ll listen to audiobooks. We’ve listened to C. J. Box’s Joe Pickett series and are anxiously awaiting the audiobook edition of his most recent book, Force of Nature.
Hello again from DW. All of you know I am an advocate of the use of the audiobooks in the MCPL System. I have, however, not been able to convince certain members of my immediate family of their value. That is until recently.
This fall my son was forced to drive back to his college in Tennessee by himself. It is a twelve hour drive with no one to talk to and little to occupy your mind, but thoughts of how long you have been on the road and how long you still have to drive.
I've fallen in love! It's true; I can't deny it any longer. I have fallen in love with a voice. Not just any voice, mind you. Jim Dale's voice. (sigh) It all started when I decided to listen to the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I usually prefer reading books myself. I'm a quick reader, and soon get bored by the poor individuals who get paid to read in three days what I could read in three hours. The worst was when they decide to sing the songs that were never intended to actually be sung.
The holidays are here again, and for a lot of people that means a road trip to the relatives. This time of year we get a lot of people in the Library looking for an audiobook to play in the car while traveling. However, finding one that is just the right length can be a problem. As someone once said to me, "We’re just traveling across the state, not across the country." So if you are not going to be driving long enough to listen to all 30 discs of a Stephen King novel, why not try a radio drama?
Many of you will either gift a shiny new eReader this holiday season or receive one yourself, and your situation will be different than mine was back in 2009 when I oohed and ahhed over the first-generation Nook. Bulkier than many newer models and equipped with only a partial touchscreen, my device doesn't hold a candle to some of the eReading options available today. Here are a few readers that are worth your consideration. They are linked to the corresponding product page.
Listening while driving might not be for everyone, but I don't think my car will start without a book on CD. Mysteries are my favorite, but it doesn't really matter, I'll listen to many more genres than I'd ever read. I love to hear someone reading aloud, just for me. Then the commute seems much shorter -- I've even stayed in my car after I reach my destination just to know what happens next. Road rage doesn't even occur to me, I'm so happy tooling around, listening to a story.
So, for on the road bliss, you can't beat an audiobook.
I’ll admit, I used to be prejudiced about books. Only books in the traditional paper-bound format would do for me. I loved to read slowly, savoring the words and turning a page at a time. I knew audiobooks existed, but I considered them to be "second class" media, only to be used by the blind or otherwise physically impaired individuals. Over the years, though, I have seen the light and have come to appreciate the value of the audiobook medium.
I am pleased to report the new Nexus 7 and Mid-Continent Public Library work well together. I installed MCPL's Android app and it allows me to access the Library's website, check out and renew books, and place items on hold. Online Resources are also accessible. Additionally, I installed and used OverDrive, the app used to access eBooks and audiobooks, with no problems.
My recent blog about the book, Letters from Yellowstone, reminded me of my last trip to Yellowstone National Park two years ago. My wife and I flew to Salt Lake City and then drove the scenic route up through the Grand Tetons to Yellowstone. While driving, we listened to the audiobook, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Like Letters from Yellowstone, Guernsey consists of a series of letters between a diverse, fascinating cast of characters.