Audiobooks help soften even the most irritating chores

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At the Library with Denise Corey

There are few things that I hate more in this word than doing dishes, except maybe ironing, I really hate ironing. One way I alleviate my irritation with having to do these chores is by listening to audiobooks. Some people think of listening to audiobooks as less than reading, I think of it as having my own personal reader entertaining me. With the right reader it can really make a book come to life.

One of my favourite readers is Jim Dale.  He has a lovely resonant voice. His voice is so good I’d listen to him read the phonebook. His version of the Harry Potter series is fantastic. He also narrated The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. His voice elevated this tale of magic realism.

An audiobook that is laugh out loud funny is Bossypants by Tina Fey. She reads the audiobook herself and does a great job. This one was so good that I had to turn it off on my drive to Moncton because I was afraid I would drive into the ditch. Always funny is the Dave and Morley stories as told by Stuart McLean in the popular Vinyl Cafe radio show. We have lots of audiobook copies of the Vinyl Cafe books.

Everything written by Bill Bryson is great to listen to on audio. He covers a lot of history and does so in such a broad and yet inclusive manner. I think if I were reading it myself I may find it a bit dry but I love to have it read to me. I especially enjoyed At Home: a Short History of Private Life, which touches on everything from why rooms have the names they do, to the history of the bathroom, to the Eiffel Tower.  It is an amusing and interesting book.

I really love the Irish Country Doctor series by Patrick Taylor, read by John Keating. Keating has a lovely Irish accent that brings the books to life (and is just so pleasant to listen to!) and the books themselves are gems. Starting with An Irish Country Doctor, the books focus on the lives of those living in the small Northern Irish community of Ballybucklybo in the 1960s and are centered on the medical practice of Dr. Fingal Flaherty O’Reilly.  

Other audiobooks I’ve read recently and loved have included:

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, read by Rebecca Lowman and Maxwell Caulfield. This is a great teen book about Cath who is trying to adjust to college life and grown up life in general.  

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dick, read by Matthew Brown.

This book has a great premise, it’s told from the point of view of Budo, an imaginary friend.  Budo is very old for an imaginary friend, most of them disappear long before their real friend gets to school. Budo’s “imaginer” friend is an eight-year-old boy named Max, who is only one who could see him or hear him. When Max disappears Budo has to find a way to tell the world where he has gone.

For more fantastic audiobooks take a look at our online catalogue, you can find it on our webpage www.cumberlandpubliclibraries.ca.

Denise Corey is the Chief Librarian for the Cumberland Public Libraries.

Geographic location: Moncton

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