Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Are We There, Yet?

Remember long car rides with Connect 4, I Spy, Punch Buggy, then "I'm bored," "I'm hungry," and "I have to go to the bathroom"? These days parents seem have it easy with their children entertaining themselves with games and movies on tablets.  I think they are missing something, though.  What they are missing is the pleasure of listening to a good book together.

Audiobooks have existed for many years, but now with downloadable electronic offerings, our selection is much larger and the quality even better.  Better because the market is big enough that even big name actors are getting involved.  Last year, Meryl Streep recorded an excellent reading of Colm Toibin's The Testament of Mary.  I also read somewhere that this new demand for good readers is providing steadier income for some starving actors as well. Now that is reason enough for me to listen to more books.  I'm getting off the subject here. Anyway, as a longtime audiobook listener, I have cherished sharing good books with my family during long car trips.  Here are some of our favorites over the years:

Not sure how to download a digital sound file (e-audiobook) from MCPL website? Find out how.

For young children (and teens & adults)

The Tale of Despereaux: being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread, by Kate DiCamillo
Available as CD book or as Digital sound file, 3 hr, 31 min.

Ramona the Pest and other Ramona titles, by Bevery Cleary
Available as CD book, 2 hr, 22 min.

James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
Available as CD book, 2 hr, 30 min.

Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone and other Harry Potter titles, by J K Rowling
Available as CD book or as Digital sound file, 8 hr.


 For teens & adults

The Adventures of Robin Hood by E. Charles Vivian
Available as Digital sound file, 3 hr, 30 min.

A Walk in The Woods, by Bill Bryson
Available as CD book or as Digital sound file, 10 hr, 30 min.

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
Available as CD book or as Digital sound file, 7 hr, 45 min.

                                                                                                            Megumi L.

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