I can’t listen to music when I’m reading, and often not when I’m writing, but I can listen to stories when I’m drawing, painting, collaging, or visually creating. Funny how the brain works that way.
Currently I’m working on an art project and listening to Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. I absolutely love it.
There’s something uniquely intimate about the voice– about simply speaking and listening. Perhaps books on tape remind me of bedtime stories and the days when teachers used to gather all the kids up in a circle and read to us from picture books, and then Judy Blume, Choose Your Own Adventure, and then, in middle school, the Harry Potter series.
I love reading stories aloud as much as I love listening to them. When my little sister was old enough I in turn read her the Harry Potter series, putting on voices for Harry and the professors and even a French accent for Fleur Delacour. When I taught English in Japan I read simple stories to my more advanced students and loved it.
But to the point: for this Forum Friday, I want to know what your thoughts are on books on tape.
- Do you like listening to audio books?
- What have you listened to? What was your favorite?
- What are your thoughts on reading a book versus listening to one?