Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Books on Audio

 It has taken me the longest time to get into to audiobooks; I literally listened to my first one back in April. I love the feeling of holding a book and being able to turn the physical page, so I have never really given a nook/kindle {still haven’t tried those} or audiobooks a chance until recently.  

The pandemic and the currently circumstances of things has, for me, personally, made me a bit more anxiety prone and a little restless. I usually listen to music while I do my hair and makeup, go for a walk, or just have it on in the background while I work on something. I am one of those people who finds silence distracting…some times it’s nice to have a little quiet when you’re trying to process something but for the most part I have to have some sort of background noise. 


When I am working on different things I still play music or have a movie running in the background, but when I am doing my hair/makeup and go for a walk, I have started to listen to audiobooks in place of music and it has made such a difference. It’s just kind of relaxing to zone out and listen to a story while you’re doing something for yourself. I feel so much less anxious, and like I said, it’s just relaxing having a story read to you in a sense.


I haven’t listened to that many books on audio yet, but I thought I would share the few that I have so far! 


Mother City, by Starner Jones

Mother City is the first ever book that I listened to on audio. When I first started my first thought was: “this might have been better in book form” only because the first few minutes of the story are so descripted, and it was my first time listening to a book on audio so I was obviously a little leery about the whole experience… Within about ten minutes I was completely onboard with the whole audiobooks thing. Mother City is a fantastic thriller set in South Africa, that will undoubtedly hold your attention 


The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett

Tom Hanks Narrates this book and it completely made the entire story come to life. I love actually reading the book, but if I hadn’t listened to this particular book on audio I honestly don’t think I would have gotten as into the storyline as I did. I really hope at some point in time that this book gets made into a movie and that Tom Hanks plays the part of Danny as narrator of the story and the actual older Danny. 


Educated, by Tara Westover

Right after I graduated college I got really into reading autobiographies and memoirs, because I was so entranced with why certain peoples life turned out like they did, and how they decided to such and such for a career, and why some people decided to take a completely different road in life than the one they were on. Nowadays, a memoir has to just be super gripping to grab my attention. Tara Westover’s memoir was so well than that at some points I actually felt like I was actually listening to a piece a fiction, just because I would fall so deeply into her story. Highly recommend this one.


Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate

This was such a fun book to listen to on tap. Wingate did such a flawless job of telling the story from past and present perspectives, and was able to switch from one to the other beautifully. 


This book grabbed my attention pretty easily, just because of the nature of the story. The Tennessee children’s home is located in Memphis, TN, about four hours away from where I live. And on occasions I’ll hear an occasional reference to the whole situation and it is just always so hard and so sad to believe that there once really was a Georgia Tann and a Tennessee Children’s home. Even though Before We Were Yours is a work at historical fiction, at times you feel like you are actually listening to a firsthand account. Very well researched and very well done.  


We Were The Lucky Ones, by Georgia Hunter

I feel like World War II books are always poetic, emotional, dark and a journey, just because of the nature of the time period he/she is having to weave your characters and setting into. I love how Hunter was able to weave so many characters into the storyline and the different accents and voice pitches that the narrator used to distinguish each character only added to the story overall. 


Would love to hear what your audiobook recommendations are if you all have any!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing as I think audio books are great!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena