I mentioned in some earlier post that my new car has a CD player, and that has meant I have discovered the joys of books on CD – or even on MP3 technology (look at me, I’ve caught up for a brief moment!).
What I’m discovering is that listening to a book (for me at least) is more engaging than simply reading a book. I actually hear the different character voices, their accents, pitches, intonations – all of which I may miss when reading the words. And I am in awe of the folks who read these books aloud so that I get all of these nuances. Possibly the best part of listening to a book is that I often find myself smiling in response to something that’s said or revealed in some special way, or when some suspicion I’ve had about the unfolding of the story turns out to be correct. Driving as I do on Route 128 so regularly, sometimes stuck in traffic, those smiles are gifts indeed!
I’ve read a number of books in recent months, both audio and paperbound. You might look up Sweet Water Creek by Sue Rivers Siddons, The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant (set in Gloucester), The Notebook by Nicholas Saprks (yes, I am behind in current hits), or Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns. These are among my favorites of the season. Good list’nin’ to you!