Audiobook Month Recap, and Winner of the O’Fallon Public Library contest

headphones-2331787_640We want to give a big shout-out to all those who participated in our celebration of Audiobook Month.  Although everyone who listens to great writing is a winner, Silvina Catenazzo was randomly selected to win the LG Bluetooth Headphones, and no, her very kind comments did not give her an edge:


l like mysteries; I can not choose one book. The one I’m listening to now is by Jacqueline Winspear, Maisie Dobbs series, In This Grave Hour. I like to listen to them on my way to work when I take the bus, or when I clean the house. When I take my dog for a walk, I know that one CD is more or less an hour. I moved to this town in 2009 with my family, I always tell the nice people that work at the library, this is the only place in O’Fallon that they know me by my name, and is not a bar. Thank you ALL, without you O’Fallon will be hard for new people. You were always kind to us.

Those of you who submitted your comments had a variety of reasons why you listen. Katherine Murray said, “I love audiobooks because I can work on things like craft projects or cleaning with my hands free, and still stay in the story.”

Elizabeth Massey-Smith agreed:  “I love listening to audiobooks when I’m doing tasks that are dull and/or time consuming. I’m laughing out loud or getting emotional over a good story while doing the ironing or folding laundry. Also great to have on road trips. A few of my favorites: Carrie, by Stephen King, read by Sissy Spacek. Still a chilling tale after all these years. My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor. Her story is amazing: only the 3rd woman to sit on the Supreme Court, and the first Hispanic person to do so, she overcame a great deal of adversity to get there. Read by Rita Moreno, a legendary actress. My Happy Days in Hollywood: a memoir, by Garry Marshall, read by Garry Marshall. Yes, that is his raspy, Brooklyn accent voice you will hear. With an introduction by Hector Elizondo, who had a role in every single film Garry Marshall ever made. This was laugh out loud funny. I had to go to Youtube several times to watch clips of his tv shows and films so I could see onscreen the scene he was talking about. (Laverne changing a hospital bed with a very large man still IN the bed is hilarious. The secret: Garry greased the floor before filming.) And that is just one little tidbit.”

John Grissom gets a nod for creativity by writing his comments in verse:

ease of use on the go,

in the car,

and at the bar

they help Mow the lawn,

or help make me Yawn,

when I fly Up in the air,

oh, When I go anywhere!

Audiobooks even help when I row!

Another perspective comes from Arthur Muro:  “Whether I am in a car as a passenger or at home in my favorite chair, I like hearing someone else’s voice–read to me. This simple act I discovered brought back tender moments remembering being in elementary school and especially listening to my 5th grade teacher read to the class. I understand now I owe a lot to him for making it a point to interpret the literature. I feel it’s who I am (helped define me) today as father and a teacher. Thank you.”

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