Reading Out Loud


I remember being read to as a kid, but not what. The practice must have stopped early. I think because I bugged the readers on how to read the book myself. Someone taught me to read and ever since it has been mostly solitary.

One exception, my wife. She and I will often read out loud an article and occasionally a book. Whoever brings the reading to the table begins reading first. I like it

And then there are the robots. I love the new Amazon tool of being able to purchase the services of a professional reader on Audible and watch the words highlighted on Kindle as the book is read.

Some books I would never have read otherwise. I think it is better than plain vanilla audio books because I can still enjoy the pleasure of seeing the words. This doesn’t mean I don’t sometimes turn off the audio and read myself. I am impatient and I can read faster without being read to, but on some books I get bored again, and it becomes an off/on cycle.

Classics on Amazon offer this combo and they are usually much cheaper than the price of most recently published books. It is one of the few times that a price has been indirectly proportionate to my needs. Classics I never before tackled are now being read out loud as I watch over the shoulder of the reader

4 thoughts on “Reading Out Loud

  1. Carole Webber November 4, 2013 / 3:55 pm

    I was not aware of this. Thanks.

  2. jhvn November 4, 2013 / 5:04 pm

    This reminds me of the only sentence that ends in six (6) prepositions: ” What did you bring that book I didn’t want to be read to from out of up for?

    John

    • fictionfitz November 4, 2013 / 7:20 pm

      John, good sentence, but not sure how it relates to this post??

  3. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist November 5, 2013 / 6:38 am

    I have to admit I don’t like being read to. I tend to lose the plot when someone else reads and I go off into my own world and the words are lost. The one exception is a talking book (usually a murder mystery, the only time I read these) when on a long road trip.

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