I love listening to audio books. Not so much the dramatized stories like Lamplighter Theater, but real, unabridged audio books. Perhaps that’s because I grew up listening.
I was slow at learning to read well, but I loved books. My mom would read aloud to my siblings and I at home, but she was also busy. That’s when we’d put on the tapes and listen to such things as Heidi, Little Men, Swiss Family Robinson, and Pilgrim’s Progress. We’d check out audio books from the library like Around the World in 80 Days or Little Women.
Even now I find audio books are a wonderful way to get books “read” when you are too busy to read. And for long road trips? Yep, they are wonderful. A few years ago my mom, sister and I listened to the unabridged audio of A Tale of Two Cities in the course of the conference season as we traveled to the different conferences to help my brother. I’m sure I never would have gotten around to reading it otherwise.
As a writing teacher, I’ve observed the importance of audio books. (Not the dramatized versions.) Not only are they great for children who don’t read as well, but also for those who read really fast. An audio forces them to take the story a bit slower and to be able to focus on the story as a whole, not just racing through and skimming words they don’t really know.
Since I believe so strongly in audio books, I’m delighted to offer one of my audio books in a giveaway. This story is the first one which I had readers asking if it was on audio. And now it finally is. And by a reader who has the voices and accents right.
Ty Elliot returns to his home after an absence of two years, knowing full well the danger which threatens him each hour he lingers in the old cabin in the mountains. But with his father on his death bed and his younger sister exhausted, Ty knows he must remain for a time at least. When his father makes a strange request and begs his returned son to “find her,” Ty promises but is bewildered. Who is he to find? How can he set about the task of honoring his word? The only clues the dying man can give his son are a broken locket, a small photograph of a woman and a few last whispered instructions; “Take care of your sisters.” In confusion, Ty turns to his father’s childhood friend, Carson, for advice. Would the older man be able to help Ty and his sister, Sally? How much time did Ty have at the cabin before ‘they’ found out?
Listen to a sample here:
Do you like audio books? What book would you enjoy listening to if you had a really long road trip? Do you do other things while listening to audios at home?