Monday, January 25, 2010

An Easy Way to "Read"

*************I've been listening to the audio version of Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence. During my twenty minute drives to and from NorthPointe four times a week, I'm making good use of my otherwise dull driving time.

The Beloit Public Library has a huge selection of audio books. I'm looking forward to experiencing a goodly number of them this year while I'm en route to NorthPointe and wherever else I drive. With so many wonderful audio books sitting on the library shelves just waiting for listeners, I'm thankful for this golden opportunity to take advantage of them.
Do you listen to audio books? Oh, I almost forgot to mention that Age of Innocence is an excellent book and it's audio version is read extremely well by Dick Hill.


Gullible said...

The most riveting audio book I ever listened to was during a nine-hour drive to go snowmachining. The book was Intensity by Dean Koontz. My husband pulled off the highway so we could listen to a particularly intense chapter without the distraction of icy roads.

By far the most liked audio book was Stephen King's Dolores Claiborne read by Frances Sternhagen. The reader, her accent, everything, was absolutely perfect for the narration. And, the book was vastly different than the movie, which I considered terrible.


Hi Shaddy!
No, I don't usually listen to audio books...
But I've watched Martin Scorsese's film version of "The Age of Innocence". All the details were beautiful down to the food they served during the time period! Must rent it if you get the chance...sooo good!

Shaddy said...

Gully: Audio books are definitely a must for long, long drives, especially good for the person who's driving. I'll be looking on the audio book library shelves for the two books you mentioned.

Lenore: Awesome! I'll definitely watch the film version when I've finished listening to the audio version. Thanks for cluing me in!

Anonymous said...

I must say I’m always impressed with your constructive use of time.

The only audio listening I've done is when I needed to read something particularly complicated, like Stephen Hawkins Cambridge Lectures, or From the Big Bang to Black Holes. For some reason my auditory faculties are tuned into absorbing details in this manner. I think hearing the words spoken with authority by someone who already has a firm grasp of their meaning has a lot to do with it.

I'm never in the car long enough to soak in a good novel as I drive very short distances during the week. It would probably take me the better part of a year just to listen to one book. I wonder if the library would mind??

Shaddy said...

darksculptures: I suspect you'd have a gigantic fine to deal'd be better off buying the audiobook!!!

The only problem I'm running into with listening to my audiobook in the truck is that I'm disappointed when I get where I'm going!!! I'm really liking Age of Innocence.

Anonymous said...

I listen to audio books in the car. One after the other. It's the only way I was able to get through Twilight (which I only got so I could be savvy to what my daughter was reading). I love audio books. I commute 80 miles round trip in heavy traffic so I have plenty of time to listen. Check out Pride and Prejudice read by Lindsay Duncan, it's just wonderful!! All of Jane's books can be found on audio but watch out for the different versions, some are read by some hacking smoker woman who doesn't sound very pleasant, I think her name is Flo something. I also loved Memoirs of a Geisha. I let you know when I think of some others.

Shaddy said...

dayner: An 80 mile commute! I can see why you love audio books. I'll look for the books you've suggested and watch out for the "hacking smoker woman" reader(too funny) by the name of Flo or some such moniker. That type of voice would be a real turn off, I'm sure.

Lia said...

I adore audio books and like you like to use them when driving. It's a great way to make the trip go more pleasantly. Mind you it's annoying when you get to the end of your journey and your at a good bit!!!!
My favourite is Tess of the D'Urbervilles on audio books, but then it is a favourite of mine anyway.
Much love