Why You Should Listen to Audiobooks

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: cleaning, mopping, vacuuming, ironing, cooking, mowing the lawn—how nice if we could actually avoid boredom by listening to a great book at the same time! That would be far more pleasant.

And it’s 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 says:

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.

via My Secret Stash of Books on Tape – Advice – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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 he was destined for that.

CraftLit: A Podcast for Crafters Who Love Books, may be the thing you’ve been looking for. The host is an award-winning high school and university teacher who also happens to enjoy knitting. The podcast starts with a little crafty talk, then moves into explanatory notes on the chapters covered in that episode.

Think “audiobook with benefits.”

As of today, the podcast has covered: Pride and Prejudice, Turn of the Screw, Tale of Two Cities, Frankenstein, Tristan and Isolde, Jekyll and Hyde, Little Women, The Scarlet Letter, Flatland, Persuasion, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court—along with a few short stories and poems.

2 thoughts on “Why You Should Listen to Audiobooks

  1. Karen Cozens

    Thank you! I am so happy I have found you. It has been truly a joy learning from you. You are the teacher I have always wanted. I am a 45 year old mom of four and I teach preschool art. I LOVE audiobooks. I found you one happy day as I was browsing podcasts. I have dyslexia and literature classes have always been a struggle for me. I always loved classics and had a very hard time following many teachers. You have been a gift. Thanks again.

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