Do You Like To Hear Your Books? ~ by Gina Conkle

Meet the Earl at Midnight tkThe audiobook craze passed by me until last summer. What about you?

Are you into audiobooks?

I mentioned on a previous post that I’d never tried them until a family move this summer. My youngest son and I armed ourselves with a variety of audiobooks before our journey. After long stints on lonely highways, I’m hooked. I can see why they’re so popular with commuters.

But there was something else that got me.

Call it the “story time” element.

Do you remember story time? Those days when you heard a book? Teachers and librarians hosted read aloud time, bringing books to life with interesting character voices. Your parents were in on the fun tucking you in and cracking open a bedtime story. I relished those days when I became a parent.

Now it’s our turn. Like “Adult Swim” at pools, we get to dive back into story time…now with bigger, sizzling romance books.

Are you ready?Meet the Earl at Midnight tk

Available on Amazon US or Amazon UK                                        (Listen to a sample on Amazon)

One random commenter will win a free copy of the audiobook. The question: What favorite story(ies) did you love to have read aloud as a kid?

For those of you playing Romantic Pursuit, fill in the blank: I went shopping for audiobooks with my _______________.

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A writer of Viking and Georgian romance with a softly sensual side, Gina loves history, books and romance…the perfect recipe for historical romance writer. Her passion for castles and old places (the older and moldier the better!) means interesting family vacations. When not visiting fascinating places, she can be found delving into the latest adventures in cooking, gardening, and chauffeuring her sons.

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14 Responses

  1. Kathy Davis

    My parents and older sisters read fairy tales to me. They also read Little House on the Prarie to me. I remembering reading Little Women, when I was young, and some Terry Brook’s elf books.

    • ginaconkle2013

      I loved the Little House on the Prairie series (the TV show and the books). My earliest library was stocked with fairy tales and Disney’s Goldenbooks. Thanks for stopping by the blog and sharing books you loved to hear read aloud.

  2. Julia David

    My mom read to us all the time. I don’t remember any certain book as a favorite, just that she read to us. I loved it. I read to my kids too. Goodnight Moon was a favorite. I have always had lots of books in my house, so lots of different stories.

    • ginaconkle2013

      Mom’s are great for helping us love reading, aren’t they? Good Night Moon was a favorite for my boys! They also liked many of Sandra Boynton’s books (especially But Not The Hippopotamus). Tender times and silly, fun reading times with those books. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Collette Cameron

    Gina, I just started down the audio book trail. I’m in the process of listening to auditions. When my kids were young, I read to them every night and I still remember my dad reading fairy tales to me.

    • ginaconkle2013

      Hi Collette,
      I listened for a few hours today. So easy to get sucked into a book when someone reads it aloud. Very entertaining. Those fairy tales your dad must’ve stuck with you…fodder for romance, I think. 🙂

  4. Barbara Monajem

    My mom read all the A.A Milne books to us when we were young — the poetry as well as the Pooh Bear stories. Loved them! I also listened to the last two Harry Potters on audio. However, now I’m more into audiobooks for non-fiction. Right now I’m listening to Bill Bryson’s At Home.

    • ginaconkle2013

      My bedspread as a little girl was Winnie the Pooh. I had the Disney Goldenbooks of the 100 Acre Wood stories, but not until I had my boys did I discover the more classic AA Milne book and art. Those books stayed with us for a long time.

    • ginaconkle2013

      Hi Violetta, I think that’s romantic to read to your husband. That’s one thin Brian won’t do. You are a natural born story teller. That must be why you are reading aloud to others. Best wishes with you books next year. 2015 is going to be a banner year for you.

  5. JoannaM

    I was the unlucky girl that no one around liked to read books to, waaaaa!! 🙁 LOL But when my sisters were younger I’d read to them, mainly barbie stories or whatever books I’d found laying on the floor. Anything to try to get them to read!!
    I’ve only tried one audiobook so far but I did enjoy it a lot, mainly because I got to do lots of things while I got to “finish” a book and knock it off my TBR. It’s not the same as having a book (or ebook) in your hands but I’d say with the right voicing it can be an enjoyable experience.

  6. hollybushbooks

    I’ve only listened to a few audio books although I was read to as a child, and read to my children religiously. One audio book did leave quite an impression on me, Bridget Jones’ Diary. I got it from my library to listen to as I drove across the state. It was laugh out loud funny, hysterical, and it introduced me to the whole contemporary scene, as I’d been a devout historical reader. I remember laughing so hard that at a truck driver honked his horn at me! I almost had to pull over!

  7. laurieg72

    My parents were both avid readers so they encouraged my love of books. They didn’t have audiobooks when I was growing up.

    Books I remember reading with my parents include: Heidi, Dumbo, The Littlest Angel, The Snow Queen, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Pollyanna, The Cricket in Times Square, The Secret Garden, My Father’s Dragon, Curious George, Paddington Bear, Winnie the Pooh and Mr. Popper’s Penquins.

    For my children, we added all of E.B. White’s books, CS Lewis’ books and Shel Silverstein’ s work.

  8. jessicajefferson

    The Devil Wears Prada was my first audiobook. I commuted about 90 minutes back and forth to work and found audiobooks kept me awake. I still listen, but I’m very particular about the voices. It’s probably the speech and debate judge side of me – I’m nearly as hard on the audiobook speakers as I am to the high schoolers.