29Apr2015
godz. - 10:58

Audiobooks, i.e. another way to enjoy books

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My days are getting shorter. I realized this recently when it emerged that despite my best efforts I don't manage to get everything done. I constantly have to turn away from one thing in order to do something else. But maybe this didn't happen by itself, because the only thing that happens by itself is chaos. Maybe somebody stole these hours from me. But why couldn't he have taken the hours when I do the ironing, which I hate? Why did he have to take the time when my children are sleeping, when I decided that I'm not going to do anything else today and finally I have time for myself?

 

I used to spend this time under a blanket with a cup of tea, reading a book, but recently in the evening I find myself reading the same paragraph three times in a row without understanding it, or I wake up at night with my cheek burrowed against the pages of the book. I don't want to give up on books. For people who for whatever reason find reading difficult, a man of genius devised audiobooks. I know it isn't the same as the crispy pages of a book, but if you can't have what you like ...

 

I appreciated audiobooks when I was out with a pushchair in the park or when I was working out at the gym. Thanks to audiobooks, I was able to catch up on my reading without exposing my hands to chilblains.

 

Other than the contents of a book, the publishing company, font, paper and cover are all very important. In audiobooks the narrator plays a key role. The person who reads simply must know how to do this. Sometimes even the best actors are not able to read a novel in a convincing manner. It is not enough to just read the text. The narrator has to convey the spirit of what he/she reads, and with engagement gives us an incentive to listen. It is no good if we start to daydream and the words go in one ear and out the other without sticking in our head.

 

I have a few favourite narrators. One of them is Anna Dereszowska who fantastically reads the book "Eat, pray and love" and other English classics. She has perfect diction and a really nice voice. When she tells us that the character is laughing, you can almost hear this laugh. When the tone of the book is serious, the style of her reading is perfect. I also like to hear Wiktor Zborowski reading "The Master and Margaret" with his deep demonic voice. I have had great fun listening to "Under a Strong Angel" by Andrzej Grabowski (although the subject matter of this book wasn't easy) or "Under the Tuscany sun" by Danuta Stenka.

 

You have to know how to listen to audiobooks. Every volatile thought which preoccupies our brain can distract us. Fortunately, you always can listen to the story once again. 

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