September 27th, 2012

Confessions of a Bedtime Book Listener

Dear George,

I love your voice.  It soothes me with its deep, dark and nuanced tones.  In your voice, I can hear every human emotion – love, longing, sorrow and regret.  I adore how sometimes you are French, or you might be Icelandic, or even from Baltimore.  Your voice morphs into characters that are young or old, man or woman.  How do you do it?  When you read to me I understand the book better than if I had read it myself.

…And then on a good night, I drift off to sleep in the middle of a sentence.   Yes, these are the confessions of a bedtime audiobook listener and you, George Guidall, are the premiere voice of audiobooks.

We’ve had an amazing relationship for 25 years.  You’ve been in my bedside CD player and in the car with me, telling me the most amazing stories.  I loved you in Anne Tyler’s Accidental Tourist, The Weatherman by Thayer and and Philip Roth’s recent books; I was moved by Widow for One Year and the Hour I First BelievedThe Corrections was my absolute favorite and I recommend it frequently.

George, I’d love to meet you in person.  I want to know the secrets of your craft and to hear about your fascinating career.  Most importantly, I want to say thank you for the many great reads you’ve brought me.   And now that there are over 200 of your readings available at OneClick digital, I can’t wait to start working my way through those, too.   Your voice is what I use to relax, but I promise not to fall asleep when I hear you live at the Elkton Central Library on Thursday, October 4th at 7pm.

Sincerely, your fan,

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December 14th, 2011

Audiobooks Make Everything Better

42-16471757I’m a mom and I work full-time, so I’m usually scrambling to get too much done in too little time. Always multitasking is said to be bad for the brain, but it’s how I function: folding laundry while watching TV, helping kids with homework while cooking dinner, scraping yet another mystery stain from my good work sweater while attempting to pay a few bills… you get the idea.

My latest discovery, and it’s an indulgent one, is the audiobook. Although I love reading, I rarely get time to sit down and do it. But with my iPod in tow, that long car ride or even the jog to stave off holiday poundage becomes an enjoyable excuse to slip into a great book – by listening.

Cecil County Public Library just launched an even easier way to get audiobooks, for free, from the convenience of your own home. OneClick Digital provides a great selection of downloadable audiobooks, most of which are always available (no holds necessary!) Grab your library card, create an account, and you’re set to start browsing. Will listening to an audiobook make all dreaded tasks fun? Probably not, but it certainly makes them more enjoyable. So, excuse me as I turn on my audiobook, take a deep breath, and decide which items to tackle next on my to-do list…

What’s your multitasking secret?

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