Audio books

audio bookIf you’re like our family, and (still) have no television, let alone a portable DVD player, the solution for a long and tedious car journey is as follows… The first hours, you make sure your children sleep (just deprive them of some sleep the day before, leave very early, and they will sleep the moment you hit the road). The next hours, feed them healthy snacks (sandwiches, cucumber slices, grapes, cheese, banana, etc), sing songs, read books and play games (I see something yellow! Find something yellow!). After that, bring out the unhealthy snacks (cookies, chips, bonbons, lollipops, M&M’s, etc). And then, we have reached the point where you WISH you had a portable DVD player, but unfortunately the financial situation has always kept you from getting one…

But, no need to panic! The solution is simple, cheap, and educational on top of it: audio books! Often narrated by famous actors or even full casts of performers, they are great entertainment for the entire family. Music and sound effects are added, so even the simplest stories grab your attention…

Gruffalo audio bookAudio books come in a variety of titles suitable for different age groups. Did you know the complete Harry Potter series will soon be available in the form of audio books?

Our personal favorite in the car is Julia Donaldson & Alex Scheffler’s astounding book, ‘The Gruffalo’. Told by Imelda Staunton in such an exciting and compelling way that my daughter still listens to it with red cheeks — and I’m sure she knows it by heart by now (like me)…
Available through Amazon UK or US.

xxx Esther

5 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Kat | July 19, 2008 | Reply

Harry Potter is already available in the UK read by Stephen Fry. x

2. Esther | July 19, 2008 | Reply

Thanks for the tip, Kat!

3. Michela | July 19, 2008 | Reply

this is such a good idea!! I never thought of it… I just wonder wht is available in italian…

4. Shawn | July 20, 2008 | Reply

Excellent idea…

5. michelle | July 24, 2008 | Reply

i am a total believer of audiobooks too. we just drove to Whistler, BC two weeks ago and i went crazy on the audiobook downloads via i’ve even started downloading a few books for myself from my book club since i don’t make the time to sit down and read these days.