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Jun 09

5 Reasons to Just Listen!

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 1:28 PM by Craig Jacobson

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Give audiobooks a try this summer.  Here’s why:

  1. bossypants_img.jpgAmidst the fun of summer, there is often lurking a dreadful and exhausting long car ride before much of that fun can occur.  What better than a humorous audiobook to counteract this otherwise cumbersome travel experience?  From novels, to essays, short stories, and memoirs, these stories will have all your passengers roaring with laughter.  Suggestions: Bossypants by Tina Fey (read by the author) and Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan (read by the author).

  2. Trudging through a classic that you associate solely as being bogged down by old language and a slow plot can change completely by listening to the story rather than reading.  Discover a whole new perspective and give some of those books that have been hanging out on your reading list for the past decade or so another chance.  Suggestions:  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (read by Sissy Spacek) or Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (read by Irene Sutcliffe).

  3. thekid_img.jpgIf you are spending a lot of time outdoors, on the lake, or at the beach no matter how much you welcome the warmth of the sun you probably do not enjoy squinting while reading.  Who does? If this is the case, try downloading an eAudiobook onto one of your portable devices using either OverDrive or OneClickDigital.  These services offer a wide selection.  Questions?  Stop by with your device or call the reference desk and a staff member will gladly answer any questions you may have.  Suggestions: Unbroken: a World War II Airman’s Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (read by Edward Herrmann) or The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams by Ben Bradlee, Jr. (read by Dave Mallow).

  4. wheredyougobernadette_img.jpgTime has a habit of slipping away from us during the summer.  One of the great things about audiobooks is that they allow one to keep up with your reading while still doing every day activities: cleaning the house, exercising, yard work, and more. There are so many possibilities! Try listening to one of the upcoming Mequon-Thiensville Community Book Club Selections and join in on the discussion. For August, Transatlantic by Colum McCann (read by Geraldine Hughes) and for October Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple (read by Kathleen Wilhoite).

  5. Children can listen too!  In fact, audiobooks are an excellent way to continue building literacy, comprehension, and listening skills over the summer months. For children who are just beginning to read and reluctant readers, the skills that listening to audiobooks instills are essential. Suggestions: The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osbourne or the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park.