My Newfound Love for Audio Books



Audio books weren't something I was ever interested in until recently. I've always favoured reading a physical book over anything else which is why I never really understood the Kindle hype. Nevertheless, as someone who overthinks a fair bit and finds it hard to unwind sometimes, I figured having something to listen to and concentrate on might help me let go of my thoughts for a while and relax.

I downloaded the Audible app onto my phone along with the first four Harry Potter books. My mom read them to me back when I was really young so I thought they'd be good for pulling at the old nostalgia strings! Half an hour into The Philosopher's Stone and I was hooked. Stephen Fry is an amazing narrator - he tells the story with such flair and creativity; not to mention he's incredible at accents and voicing all the different characters - he sounds identical to Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid!

I've had this on constantly for the past few days - whilst eating breakfast, commuting, doing my make-up and settling down to sleep. I've found it so soothing and therapeutic, especially when I'm in the bath! It'll prove handy when I'm on the train, too - the journey from Newcastle to Wolverhampton is so tedious, and reading often gives me a headache while I'm travelling, so I'm glad I've finally found something to pass the time and keep my mind occupied.

Are you a fan of Audio books? Do you have any recommendations for me? x

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  1. We (as in my sister, little brother, and I) used to listen to audiobooks *all* the time when we were younger, and I wasn't able to get to sleep without listening to a story till I was about 16 because of them ha. You should look up: Winnie the Pooh narrated by Alan Bennett (just the best. So funny, and also just quite soothing to listen to. Recently, when I've had a migraines, I've listened to these very very quietly, just to give me something to focus on other than the sore-ness, and it helps); the Just William stories narrated by Martin Jarvis (so so so so so so so good. They are hilarious stories, and he does fantastic voices); also the Jeeves books also narrated by Martin Jarvis are good and very funny. (Basically anything read out by Martin Jarvis....); the Secret Life of Bees is another good one (I read the book rather than listened to it, but my mum loved the audio book. It's such a lovely story as well).

    Harry Potter is so easy to get 'lost' inside, so that's a good one to start with :)

    xx

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    1. Thank you for your recommendations, Melissa! I'll definitely check them out :) x

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  2. I always forget audiobooks are an option. I reckon they'd be a good way to entertain myself on flights when reading makes me nauseous!

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