If you’ve never had the pleasure of listening to an audiobook, perhaps now is the time. It’s certainly never been easier!
We all have those nagging tasks we have to do–commuting, cleaning, mopping, ironing, cooking, mowing the lawn—how nice if we could make the time go faster and listen to a great book at the same time! That would be far more pleasant.
And good for you too!
Especially when those books are classics.
But you don’t have to trust me. Take a look at what this college professor said in The Chronicle of Higher Education:
Perhaps there is something psychologically reassuring about listening to someone read a story. Hardly a day has passed in the last 30 years in which I have not heard a spoken-word recording of one kind or another.
As a child he listened to Poe and Shakespeare, Whitman and Conrad. And did that help him? You bet. He’s a professional professor now—and neither of his parents had gone to university, so it’s not like that was a foregone conclusion.
Or check out Daniel Willingham’s post on why listening to books isn’t “cheating”.
CraftLit–A Podcast for Busy People Who Love Books, may just be exactly what you’ve been looking for. The host is an award-winning high school and university teacher—who also happens to enjoy the DIY world. The podcast starts with a little crafty talk, then moves into easy-going explanatory notes on the chapters covered in that episode.
Audiobooks with Benefits™
As of today, the podcast has covered–Pride and Prejudice, Turn of the Screw, A Tale of Two Cities, Frankenstein, Tristan and Isolde, Jekyll and Hyde, Little Women, The Scarlet Letter, Flatland, Persuasion, A Christmas Carol, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, The Woman in White, Dracula, Gulliver’s Travels, Jane Eyre, The Age of Innocence, and currently North and South—along with a few short stories and poems.