The Upside of Being Home Sick

During this last round of colds, Petra and I discovered the joys of the audio book. Audible offered me a free 1 month subscription which included a free book and 30% off any subsequent purchases. We went a bit crazy and downloaded a bunch of Darcey Bussell’s magic ballet slipper books, The Wombles as read by Bernard Cribbens, as well as The Children of Noisy Village (a lovely book by Astrid Lindgren of Pippi Longstocking fame). I joined in and got an Agatha Christie book and The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy Sayers.

We’ve also borrowed a whole pile of books on CD from the library. Right now, we’re listening to Stephen Fry reading Paddington Bear. And the other day, we had Kate Winslet reading Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree books. It would seem that audio books are big business and attract big names.

I can see why. Petra can listen to a story while hanging out in the small living room painting or drawing or playing with her doll house. It’s a very peaceful way to spend a sickly afternoon or to rest after a long day of school. And having the likes of Stephen Fry read to you, is very satisfactory.

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