Monday, February 06, 2012

Story Time

I remember afternoons in first grade when the kindergarteners would leave (I had a split K-1 class class) and we'd settle into rows on the carpet in front of Mr. Helms. That year I listened to several of The Chronicles of Narnia and my favorite, Mr. Poppers' Penguins.

Throughout school, I loved when people would read to me.  My tenth grade class used to ask for our teacher to request a particular sub because we loved his reading voice.  I can remember him reading Bradbury's "There Will Come Soft Rains" to us during our science fiction unit.  I was transfixed.  The same was true in college when my Norse Mythology professor would read Beowulf.  I swoon for a good kenning.

All day today I was playing another Bradbury story, "A Sound of Thunder" for my students and I was shocked at how still they sat to listen.  I'm sure if I would have asked them to read in groups or take turns reading aloud, they would have been all over the place like a bunch of wild animals.  Instead they sat here under some kind of weird spell.

It.  was.  awesome.

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised.  Sitting to listen to a story will still put me into a trance today.  Whether I'm running, driving, taking a bath, or just laying in my bed listening, I'm kind of an audio book junkie.  Lately it's been a short Murakami book on running, but it has the intended effect.  I feel like I should have an audio book on my phone and headphones in my purse at all times in case I'm stuck somewhere.





My favorite one, ever?  This version of Jane Eyre.

4 comments:

  1. I LOVED Mr. Helms. I can still hear his voice (not like voices in my head in the crazy sense, but you know)!

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  2. I just got into audio books because I could listen to them while trying to get my baby to sleep. I've listened to "Room" (great) and "The Hand that First Held Mine" (ok). I tend to be a fast reader, so this definitely brings the words into a new perspective!

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  3. We have an audio book "club" at work. I was always afraid that I would mess up the claims that I process, but I've found that I really enjoy "reading" that way!

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  4. I find I can't do anything that requires concentration, but it's a helpful thing for "zoning out." If I could do other tasks (like work) while I was listening? Oh my goodness... the possibilities.

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