I have always read a lot. A LOT. As a kid I would read everything I could, from cereal boxes to National Geographic magazines. I was the only kid the Catholic school teachers weren’t wary of having a NG mag. The boys would look at them for the boobs and I was seriously in it for the articles. I would get in trouble for reading at the dinner table or staying up too late to read. This habit never ceased. I still love to read any chance I get. However, when I went back to school and had homework every night and weekend, on top of my internship as well as being a mom and wife, reading had to take a backseat – or did it?!
If you know me, you know if I really want it, I’m going to make it happen. My mom was a big fan of books on CD, but because I love letting technology make my life easier, I used my 45 minute commute to and from school to listen to the books I had wanted to read. It was convenient, easy, and a total no-brainer.
One of the disadvantages of listening vs. reading yourself is you are at the mercy of the narrator. Sometimes they make the book. I lucked out with my first few books, The Book Thief, written by Markus Zusak and narrated by the impressive Allan Corduner was a fabulous listen. I also was wooed by the warm voice of Will Patton as he pulled me through the amazingly written story, Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. There has been a few narrators that have made the book unbearable or made the main character more whiny than I felt necessary. It’s a chance I’m willing to take.
Have kids? It’s a great way for them to get more interested in reading. The best deal I found was the ENTIRE Ramona Quimby Audio Collection, EIGHT of your favorite Ramona books, NINETEEN hours of listening for $14.95. And the icing on the cake? THEY ARE NARRATED BY STOCKARD CHANNING! Rizzo is the voice of Ramona?! Yes. Yes, she is. Seriously. I may or may not have logged into my daughter’s account to listen to a few.
I use audiobooks.com. Every book is one credit, each credit is $14.95. I’ve tried Audible, and some of the books are $25. That feels steep, but it is connected to Amazon, so the convenience factor is huge. As I said, I’m an audiobooks.com fan.
Here are a few additional titles that I enjoyed to get you started:
Yes Please by Amy Poehler (read by the author + special guests)
We Are Water by Wally Lamb (read by the author + others)
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower