We went on a trip last weekend and we listened to this wonderfully told version of E.B. White’s Stuart Little. Mid story, I discovered something that goes decisively on the “Pro” side of why one should use audio books here and there. We already know that they can be time savers, attention holders and time passers on the road, but they should also be praised for their consistency. Sometimes, when I’m reading aloud to the kids, I trail off during an exciting part and quickly read ahead to myself. I can’t help it! The kids have to nudge me back to the present because I’d unconsciously forgotten about them and the stalled story! Terrible I know. Anyway, audio books are an excellent remedy to that situation. While we listened to the gentle tales (more about that topic later, by the way) of dear Stuart, we ALL got to experience the full suspense as he got dumped into the garbage truck; we ALL felt the tension heighten as Snowbell got ready to pounce on Margolo. It was fantastic… very bonding.
Bonus of audio books…
I’ve been waiting for the right time and money to buy this edition of the entire Narnia series on audio. It would be a good investment since these are stories that definitely merit more than one reading… and they are full of adventure which could really use a more attentive and less spacey storyteller than myself!
“All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.”
We're loving audio books right now for our new "quiet time" routine! So far I've only purchased classic fairy tales because I could get more bang for my buck. I look forward to purchasing some chapter books we've already read a loud for our drive to the East Coast this summer.