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Reading for your health

January 5, 2016

So, as we slump gracelessly into a new year, already grey, wet, and more than slightly depressing, it’s easy to forget how to be enchanted, beguiled, taken by joy. Friends can do the above, a good film can for a short while. Thinking wild, warm and interesting thoughts can. But the thing that can do it most easily is undoubtedly reading. Reading a good book can help lift one out of the mire, can transcend the heft and plod of a ghastly January day. But more than this, I’m advocating the use of an audio book, the drug of choice for many. But why? Why would I listen to a book when I can read? I hear you ask, drumming your fingers on your latest paperback. Well, that is of course a good question, you may have never listened to an audio book, or never even contemplated such an activity. So allow me to take your hand and lead you through the sweet-scented garden of understanding an enlightenment.

Firstly, you don’t have to be blind, old or illiterate to enjoy an audio book. They are utterly open and inclusive to all. More than that, they are vast becoming the norm as technology has caught-up. Long gone are the days of vastly expensive cassettes and CDs, long dead are the despicable crime against literature that were the double cassette abridgements. Now a whole world of art is available at the click of a mouse or a tap of the finger.

Armed only with an app and the ability to hop on the internet, you can be listening to a classic, old or modern, within minutes. But what is the advantage of listening? Well, firstly, it’s like music. The book is read as it is supposed to be read, the beats, the emotion, the characterisation. It is an immersive experience. Secondly, you can listen to an audio book whilst doing any number of tasks… a pair of head phones, a phone or Ipod and you can either sit in your favourite armchair with your cat purring in your lap, or you could be busting a gut, changing a wheel in the middle of Wales. Or you could be preparing dinner whilst your ears are feasting and drama and brilliance.

So, if you haven’t listened to an audio book before, or if you are looking for a new one, it would be daft of me not to urge you to listen to mine, a book read quite beautifully by a man called Jus. Below I will give you a link and urge you to start your audio book odyssey with “Stalking the shadows.”

From → Art, Books, Culture

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