Friday, December 21, 2001
Can't find time to read? Books on tape may be the solution
Reading aloud (or rather being read aloud to) with books on tape
Most of us have fond memories of being read to as children and many of us have read to our children and some of us to our grandchildren. One winter, when we were reading Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn aloud to our three girls, we all looked forward to getting through dinner and gathering by the fire for the reading.
Reading aloud can bring together many different ages. One friend told me of being on a cruise with three generations in bad weather and turning the experience into a wonderful time because the whole family holed up in their cabin and read Harry Potter aloud.
A few years ago when public radio had a series of reading aloud, I knew many people who eagerly arranged to be near a radio to catch the next segment.
Several years ago our grown children introduced us to books on tape for long car trips. We have become avid fans of this method of being read to as we travel cross-country by car to see our scattered family. Tape books are also wonderful for long commutes, while doing quiet projects at home, when confined for some reason or while exercising.
The joy of listening is greatly enhanced when the reader is as skillful as Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi and Jim Dale.
The Mosquito staff has compiled a list of favorite audio books.
Any of the Patrick O'Brian series read by Patrick Tull. Tull is far superior to the other versions of these books.
Derek Jacobi reading Josephine Tey's Daughter of Time, a mystery that disputes the nefarious reputation of Richard III.
Frank McCourt reading his Angela's Ashes. This is an exception to our usual preference of actors reading rather than the author.
The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy read by Barbara Caruso, an Irish tale of country life.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, read by Jeremy Irons (uncensored and unabridged).
Seamus Heaney reading his own poetry Spirit Level.
Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand, read by Campbell Scott.
The four Harry Potter books read by Jim Dale.
Odyssey, by Homer, read by Norman Diaz, from Recorded Books, Inc., unabridged.
Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose, read by the author.
For children, the series of Boxcar Children stories by Gertrude Chandler Warner.
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