Betty White, Bedtime Stories & The Best Audio Books!
Recently it’s been the same thing every night. These days I’m working 12- 14 hour days and my eyes are tired from a long day in front of the computer. I want to read and write (desperately!) but my poor little peepers need a rest. So I’ve been on the quest to find something that relaxes me and allows me to switch off that doesn’t involve resorting to my Hulu + subscription. (Anyone obsessed with Hot in Cleveland? I’m a HUGE Betty White fan and she is such fun in that show!)
Yes, please, I’d like to look THAT good at 90 years old. Image courtesy of http://betty-white-fans.blogspot.com/
I listen to This American Life regularly, and often fall asleep to Ira Glass’s entertaining stories (contradiction much?). I will occasionally put on the Japanese radio and feel nostalgic for my life in Japan and practice my rusty Japanese listening. But what I want more than both of these things is a bedtime story.
Remember those? Listening to someone else reading you a story that you are free to create the visuals to in your mind? Free to dream up the characters’ looks, the setting, the colors, the feel? It’s sort of like the opposite of the silent movie where you imagine the voices of the characters and the sounds of the story. Either way I think there is an added excitement to the story because of the extra investment that the listener/ watcher is forced to make.
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I think it’s WONDERFUL that listening to audio is becoming cool again and more and more available – publishers are jumping on the bandwagon and bringing out audio books close to the release date of paperbacks. You can even download samples of the book to check you like the reader’s voice. This is AWESOME!
Check out some of the books you could be drifting off to sleep with tonight:
Best-sellers on Audible.com
1. The Hunger Games (books 2 & 3 are also available)
2. Steve Jobs
3. The Help
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
5. The Paris Wife: A Novel, Paula McLain
Which audio books have you enjoyed? Have you been disappointed with any of the adaptations? And which titles are you looking forward to listening to? Leave a comment!
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