I grew up reading and I’ve always been a book lover. I was admittedly kind of a snob about reading over listening-thinking that I liked the solitude of my own mind and my own imagination best…until after about two years of a good friend’s unbridled enthusiasm (thank you for your persistence, Amy Rubinate!) I finally bit the bullet and decided to see what the fuss was all about. At that time I was considering becoming an audiobook narrator, another good reason to actually listen to some audiobooks! How could I pursue something I didn’t really know anything at all about? It started seeming ridiculous.
The first book I listened to was “The Book of Joe”, narrated by Tom Cavanagh. Wow! I was riveted. I laughed out loud, experienced such joy and was moved to tears many times throughout the book. I discovered that a great book can be made EVEN better with great narration. It takes the experience to a whole new level, connecting me more deeply to the characters and the story and experiencing the book in a way I wouldn’t get to otherwise. It really brings the story to life- like watching a great movie but it lasts way longer!
As a working gal in a big city I have almost no time to read, so it’s actively brought books back into my life! Now I always have a book going and look forward to recommendations and the next one on my list. As an expert multi-tasker, I love the fact that I can now always be “reading” a book but still doing other things. Driving in LA is no longer a bummer to me, but a treat! Ditto for working out at the gym! A few months ago I had to sit through an entire basketball game that I did not want to be at- but no problem – I had an audiobook with me!
Becoming a listener of audiobooks has truly enhanced my life…I’m a believer!
Here’s a few I’ve really enjoyed- if you’re new to audiobooks, start with one of these!
The Book of Joe – Funny, poignant, excellent characters and perfect depiction of small town life.
The Help – Way better than the movie! Deep, moving and flawlessly natural narration!
Water for Elephants – A wonderful journey with excellent narration.
Bossypants – Laugh out loud funny the whole way through-I mean, tears streaming down the face. No one could read this the way Tina does!
The Art of Racing in the Rain – Touching and adorable-narrated from the point of view of the dog, which sounds weird but really works!
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