Listening to Books by Lisa Martorelli Mancuso
I spent many years commuting into the city on a train. The trip was over an hour but I didn’t really mind because it was uninterrupted time I got to spend with a book. I probably read a novel a week. It was great and I appreciated it even more when I was a new mom and still commuting. That’s when I really savored that time to myself.
After my second child was born, I quit my job to stay home with my girls. I was blessed to be able to do that but, oh, how I missed my reading/commuting time.
Flash ahead. Kids are older and I’m working full-time again. I’m back to an hour-long commute, only now I spend it in a car. At first, I’ll admit, I was miserable. The mornings weren’t so bad; I would listen to one of those silly morning radio shows that at least made me laugh. Coming home was another story, though. Nothing good on the radio (no, I don’t have Sirius), cd’s were getting worn out and the evening news on A.M. is just depressing. My whole commute was depressing….
But then I discovered audiobooks and now I love my commute again! Yes, I’m excited once more about my long ride home because I get to read, albeit this time with my ears. It’s almost like reading a book and watching a movie at the same time! Sure, once in a while the book/movie isn’t that great, usually because the narrator/actor isn’t that great. I have definitely come to appreciate the talents of those vocal artists/narrators who can make characters come alive in an audiobook.
Right now, I’m listening to and truly enjoying, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler. The narrator is Jenna Lamia and she is wonderful. She uses a lovely, slow, southern drawl for Zelda’s character and then slips easily into a deeper, more masculine tone for F. Scott’s voice. It’s truly amazing how she can portray every character – and there are quite a few in this book, male and female – so effortlessly, and proceed to give each of them his or her own unique voice.
Another audiobook I “read” recently is The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman. In this book, there are two narrators, George Guidall and Suzanne Toren. They speak the roles of the main characters Josef and Lenka so poignantly that I don’t think I would have enjoyed the book as much if I read it myself. Other recommended audiobooks are The Interestings and The Marriage Plot, both wonderful.
I know audiobooks have been around for quite a while but I feel like it’s my own private discovery and I couldn’t be more excited about what I’ve found. I actually look forward to traffic and I don’t even mind running errands on the weekend. The way I look at it now, it’s all the more time to read!
When she’s not reading and talking about books, or aimlessly wandering around her neighborhood bookstore, Lisa Martorelli Mancuso supports her reading habit by working at a nine-to-five job as a PR/blog writer. She lives on Long Island with her husband in their somewhat empty nest. She is working on a children’s book and plans on starting her own blog very soon.
Submit your rave or rant on any book or reading related topic here.
Photo credit: Robert Presutti A behind-the-scenes look ..
The other day, I decided to make a pork chop ..
She barely finished grade school, but my grandmother, or Nana, ..
There's nothing we love more at Shelf Pleasure than a ..
Author and Shelf Pleasure contributor Karen A. Chase on how ..
One of author Mary Miley’s favorite things about being a ..