Friday, December 4, 2015

A Book You Don’t Have to Put Down?

Imagine a book that, much as you want, you just can’t drop what you’re doing to read right now. Maybe it’s a mystery or suspense by an author whose movie version intrigued you enough to crave a deeper look. Maybe there’s a whole list of books you’ve been meaning to read. But with so many projects and errands jostling for your attention, you anticipate barking at least one “Happy Holidaze!” before, at last, you can finally flop into that comfy lounge chair.
Why wait, though? Audiobooks to the rescue! These audio movies play anywhere, from car to kitchen to laundry room, enabling you to immerse yourself in magical, romantic worlds beyond the cook stove or coffee table (where you’re either wrapping presents or puzzle-fitting ones described as “easy assembly.”) How fun is this multi-tasking diversion? More fun. (Funner is not a word…although it should be.) More people should give audiobooks a try, too, because it’s the “funnest” way to read.

Narrators should know. They read aloud for a living, and give life to characters on the page via inflection, dialect, and tone. Many are professional stage or screen actors. Their job is to create such believability that they can disappear into the moment, and conjure scenes within the listener’s mind. You can download, or there are audiobooks in CD format HERE for your portable, stereo, or car player. This includes authors from Clive Cussler and John Grisham to Janet Evanovich and Ken Follett. I asked actress and narrator Rosalyn Landor about Maeve Binchy’s A Week in Winter: “Binchy was masterful in describing the inhabitants of her stories, so as I picture each one, they take on a life of their own as I speak for them. This one takes you to Ireland, so I hope that if you choose to travel there with Maeve Binchy and myself, you’ll enjoy the experience!”
(© 2015 Costco Connection; by Jonathan Lowe

Audiobooks Today Best Audiobooks of the Year:

The Cartel by Don Winslow, read by Ray Porter
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, read by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, and India Fisher
The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz, read by Simon Vance
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick, read by Jeff Cummings
Dead Wake by Erik Larson, read by Scott Brick
Concussion by Jeanne Marie Laskas, read by Hillary Huber
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King, read by a full cast
To Live Forever by Jack Vance, read by Kevin Kenerly
Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed, read by Simon Slater

GhettoSide by Jill Leovy, read by Rebecca Lowman

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