Ten on Tuesday | Listening and …

I think we’re getting serious about Summer Book Bingo with the Ten on Tuesday crowd. Today, Carole‘s asked us to share things we like to do while listening to books. Listening to books, “reading with my ears”, has changed the way I read. For sure, it’s allowed me to read more – which is, I think, a very good thing. But it’s also allowed me to experience books in new and different ways; the right narrator can engage me in a story better than that little voice inside my head (it can pronounce all the names, do an accent, speak Russian, or Spanish…and of course, English!)

And it’s allowed me to multi-task. Here are a few of the things I love to do while I’m listening:

today’s nap time entertainment…along with my audiobook

1. Knit (unless I’m counting or trying to figure out a pattern).

2. Walk Holly.

3. Run.

4. Drive.

5. “Watch” golf. Sometimes Marc just likes to know I’m around, ya know?!

6. Fold laundry.

7. Unload the dishwasher.

8. Clean the bathroom or the kitchen.

9. Dust (this is H-U-G-E – I hate to dust!)

10. Sit in a waiting room…when I don’t want to talk to anyone. Earbuds in my ears….

I’m seven hours into a 45 hour audiobook (Drums of Autumn, for the “with a season in the title” square). Obviously any and all suggestions on what else I could be doing are gonna be most welcome – thank you in advance! (and thank you, Carole!)

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p.s. I did that bit of listening and reading while this was going on in the other room.


  • Honoré

    45 hours! That's an entire work week and then some! Whoa! I guess I'll have to look up the particulars about that title. How many hours at a time do you read?
    The photo of Charlie is so precious. Ah, sweet gentle sleep for the baby, er uh, big boy!!

  • Bonny

    I'm currently listening to The Son (17 hrs.), and while it seems a bit long at times, it's nothing compared to 45 hrs.! Maybe Drums of Autumn could count for several squares 🙂 I can't imagine being able to get a Book Bingo coverall without listening to at least a few audiobooks.

    I love how we get to see Charlie no matter what the ToT topic is, and he is particularly sweet this week!

  • Patty

    Did you happen to watch golf last Sunday…and see "the dress"? And I agree the narrator can be so key. I really think the narrator for Miller's Valley put me in a bad mood! Sara De Vos on the other hand…heavenly! Hello Charlie!

  • Nancy

    Drums of Autumn is sitting in my stack, too. Davina Porter is an excellent narrator. Love the photos of Charlie, here and on Instagram.

  • alexa

    What a sweet photo of Charlie … And yes, audiobooks when driving are great. We listened to loads when the children were young! I find I pay closer attention than when reading, which was a surprise to me!

  • Penny

    For some reason audio books just haven't clicked with me yet. No matter how interesting the story, my mind wanders and then I spend a lot of time going back. I have a membership with Audible, so I'm hoping I get better at listening. Love your little peek of knitting!

  • Marilyn

    Drums of Autumn…well worth the hours I'm sure. I do all the things you do while listening to audio books. But, my favorite is working in the yard and flower beds. I had much rather be working outside than cleaning house any day!