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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Audio Books

After responding to a comment left by Cathy at Eagle's Wings Quilts, we had a conversation about audio books. My friend Sharlene has been telling me how great they were for a very long time but I hadn't started to listen to them until she gave me one to try out. That's all it took for me to be hooked.

I swear I am getting so much more sewing done because I am wanting to continue "reading" my book! I have only found a couple that I couldn't listen to because of the reader. I have found a few that I loved because of the reader. I listened to An Irish Country Village by Patrick Taylor, narrated by Terry Donnelly and is fabulous! Each character has their own Irish voice. I wish my library had all of the books in this series. An Irish Country Girl is my next book to "read".

Right now I am listening to Miss Julia Delivers the Goods by Ann B. Ross, narrated by Cynthia Darlow. To me, Ms. Darlow reads the main character, Miss Julia, in a voice that sounds like Katharine Hepburn. It is a fun little mystery to listen to.

I love that I can visit my library via the internet. I place holds on books and audio books for both of us and they email me when they are ready for pick up. I try to just go in and pick up the books but most of the time we have to browse for a while. It is the library after all.

PS--I've asked about the downloadable books and they are working on that right now. We should have that option available to us soon. How fun is that going to be???

6 comments:

Jen said...

Judy, you might check with the circulation desk at your library and see if they can't obtain more of that Irish series for you. Our library (very small town) has a loan program that obtains stuff from all over the U.S. There's a good chance your library also has a downloadable audio book library,usually a separate site online, which would take an MP3 player or the likes. If so you'd be able to download books anytime day or night without even leaving your house. Glad you made the audio discovery. I think it's great too.

Nancy said...

I listen to audio books while knitting. It would be impossible for me to finish so many projects and read as many print books any other way.

Yes, the reader does make a BIG difference. I tried LibraVox online where individuals volunteer to read and record chapters. Some chapters were just too painful for me to actually listen to for very long. I've learned how to download audio books from my library.

Melinda said...

I download library books all the time. When I am working on the longarm, I have to have a book in my ears. If I finish one and don't have another available, I stop and come upstairs to download one. Love books on my MP3 player.

Linda said...

I love audio books too. My quilty friends loan me alot of theirs, mostly mysteries. I agree, the narrator or reader makes a big difference in how much I like the book. I have turned a few off and not listened because of this. I'm going to check out the Irish series to see if I can find them here locally. I like to listen while I'm knitting or driving to work. I can listen while I'm sewing only if I'm working on stuff I don't have to concentrate on.

Mary said...

I also love to listen to audio books while quilting. Our loca library has started investing in a lot of audio books and I have really branched out in my book selections because of what they have in stock.

Diane said...

I've been wanting to do this for a long time too...I'm going to have to check out our library, I'm not finding time to read like I used too...