My love of audiobooks began in September 2002. That was the year a family room addition and kitchen/bath remodel turned up numerous structural problems that resulted in the unexpected rebuilding of our house. For 11 months, I (along with my husband, 3 kids, and the dog) moved in with Mom and Dad while our house was painstakingly dismantled and reconstructed. My parents live nearly 30 minutes away and I logged countless hours on the road driving kids to and from school, lessons, sports practices/games, and shopping for cabinets, fixtures, etc. On a whim, I checked an audiobook out of the library. The rest, as they say, is history.
Over the past year, I've noticed a few new trends in my listening habits:
- Most of my car audiobooks are very long and can take nearly a month to finish (I only listen when I'm alone in the car).
- I listen to shorter books on my ipod while cooking, cleaning, or walking the dog. Lately I've given up listening while dog-walking. I own a retired greyhound and people often stop to ask questions or talk about the breed.
- Classics make for great listening! I enjoyed all 26 discs of Bleak House and may never 'read' Dickens again. The Color Purple actually gave me goosebumps.
My favorite audiobooks of the past year include:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Pavilion of Women by Pearl S. Buck
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