Do you listen to audio books?
I didn’t either. That is, until recently.
I mean, I was a physical, paper copy of a book or die type of reader. I don’t even do the Kindle or e-Reader nonsense that others are so crazy about. I just love the feel of a book in my hands. Plain and simple.
But, there are so many occasions which I don’t have a book in my hand, or can’t: in the car, at my desk, in the waiting room of a doctor’s office, running errands, out on a walk. But, my audio books can travel all those places with me… and so much more!
And, I want to make another point about audio books very clear. Listening to books on audio is NOT cheating. Actually, to your brain, listening is pretty much the same as reading a physical copy.
So, here are 3 audio books that are SO GOOD, you will keep folding loads of laundry, take an extra lap around the track, walk down 1 more lane at the grocery store, or sit in your car for just 5 minutes more until you reach a chapter break.
Who doesn’t love Anne?
Truly, one of my most favorite literary heroines of all time. And this audio book version that is narrated by Rachel McAdams is absolutely delightful!
It will make new readers fall in love with Anne and all her whimsy, dramatic ways, and repeat readers remember why they fell in love with her in the first place.
Truly, a wonderful, wonderful rendition. Highly recommend! It will have you laughing out loud!
I remember the first time I read The Help several years ago and I absolutely inhaled every single word of this book. I cried at all the hilarious parts and cried at all the heartbreaking points, and there were plenty of those too. These characters were impossibly real to me and I wished deeply to have an Abilene in my life, marveling at her wisdom, wit, and steadfastness.
I have long thought I’d love to re-read this instant classic, and so I listened to it. With 4 narrators, including Octavia Spencer who was in the feature film, this audio book is just as much a triumph as the work itself.
Echo was a 2016 Audible Award Winner, and one can certainly understand why!
Amazon Synopsis: “Music, magic, and a real-life miracle meld in this virtuosic, genre-defying tour de force from storytelling maestro Pam Muñoz Ryan.
Lost and alone in the forbidden Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each becomes interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives, binding them by an invisible thread of destiny. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. How their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck.
Richly imagined and structurally innovative, Echo pushes the boundaries of form and shows us what is possible in how we tell stories. With music by Corky Siegel.”
While this book is classified as Middle Grade, I am of the firm belief that it is one of those books all adults should read as well. Absolutely enchanting!
So, keep reading… or listening.