Boy, oh boy It's B-day!
Today, I'm going to talk books -- audioBooks specifically (see what I did there B day?).
I have an audible subscription because I like to listen to books--especially if there is a great narrator. I especially love when a humorous author reads his/her own works, so I've recently enjoyed Amy Pohler's Yes, Please and Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend this Never Happened and Furiously Happy. Amy is always funny, so her book was a treat to listen to. Her story of being in the Wizard of Oz sticks out to me especially. While I enjoy Jenny Lawson's writing, I find it even more believable/relatable when she reads it to me. She's skilled, funny, charming, and her personality shines through her work. I love it when she talks to/about her lawyer/editor when she reads. I also enjoy her family obsession with quality taxidermy. I highly recommend all of those books.
I also listened to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn last summer, which I enjoyed. I'm very glad I listened to it because Nick and Amy's voices kept me drawn in to the story more than I would have otherwise.
When I exercise, I'm currently listening to The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and a series of BBC produced radio productions of Jane Austen's works. As an English major I know I should love Jane Austen's work, but can you believe I made it all the way through my schooling without being assigned to read her work? I just couldn't get in to the books when I tried to read them (how small is that print?!), but I am enjoying the radio plays. Maybe it's David Tennant and Benedict Cumberbatch (yum!), but for some reason these stories are more accessible and easier to relate to via audiobook.
I also use audiobooks in class -- my students have access to listen to the audio of most of the literature we read together. I read out loud rather often in my class -- especially when we are reading a novel. There is something about the hearing/seeing/reading/listening connection that makes books more relatable to all.
So, even though I still love Books, audioBooks are a great way to consume literature, too.
This post is part of the A-to-Z writing challenge for April 2016.