5 Audio Books to Listen to While You Work
When you’re at work, it’s impossible to pick up a good book and start reading. Obviously, you need to stay focused on the tasks at hand and can’t spend leisure time at the office. But if you’ve grown tired of listening to your favorite songs at work, and want to catch up on your reading, there’s a solution!
Audio books create fun, soothing background noise to help you pass the time while you work. Especially for creative jobs like writers, designers, and artists, a book playing in the background can also help encourage and foster your imagination.
If you think listening to an audio book would be too distracting then just continue listening to your tried and true jams. But it’s worth a shot! You can test the waters with any of these grade A audio books hand-picked for your enjoyment:
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien performed by Rob Inglis Not only is this a great choice because the story is captivating, but there is also the movies, so you can become fully immersed in this mesmerizing world. This is worth the listen for Inglis’ version of Gollum alone, not to mention the voices of the many dwarves, Gandolf, and all of the other mythical creatures of Middle Earth that Bilbo Baggins and co. encounter.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling performed by Stephen Fry All the books and movies might be over, but you can still relive the magic with the audio book. If you’re looking for audio books that will keep you busy for a while, Fry has narrated all 7 books of the series, so you can listen as he brings all the wonder of Rowling’s wizarding world to life for hours and hours on end. If you’re living in America it might be tricky to get your hands on a copy of Stephen Fry’s version, but Jim Dale’s version is just as charming.
Bossypants by Tina Fey performed by Tina Fey Not only is this a very funny, inspiring book, but it’s narrated by the lovely and talented Tina Fey.. Bossypants was a very entertaining read, but it’s even better when you get to hear all of Tina Fey’s anecdotes told in her own voice. This one tops Amazon’s list of the best audio books of 2011, so you can be sure that it deserves its place on this list.
The Wild Things by Dave Eggers performed by Dion Graham If you’ve never heard of The Wild Things, it’s essentially the grown-up version of the beloved children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. You still get to enjoy all of the wild characters, but since this is the grown-up version the tone is not as lighthearted as the children’s book. Dion Graham has a voice deep and dark like the announcer in a movie trailer, which makes for very soothing background noise.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum performed by Anne Hathaway If you’ve been clicking your heels together three times all day while at work wishing it would send you home, then this is the audio book for you. While you work, get swept away to the wonderful world of Oz. Anne Hathaway really brings all of the characters to life with exciting voices, which makes this an extremely entertaining listen. This audio book is part of audible.com’s a-list collection, a collection of classic books narrated and performed by famous celebrities. Other options in this series include Claire Danes reading The Handmaid’s Tale, Samuel L. Jackson reading A Rage in Harlem, and Nicole Kidman reading To the Lighthouse.
Now instead of whistling while you work you can make some headway on the list of books everyone should read once in their lifetime. You can find some audio books on music streaming sites like Spotify and GrooveShark, or there are specific audio book sites like AudioLiterate, Books Should Be Free, and Audiobooks.com. AudioLiterate and Books Should Be Free allow you to stream and download audio books of classic literature for free since the works are now under public domain. Audiobooks.com charges a monthly fee of $14.95, so make sure you’re really into audio books before signing up. If all else fails, you can always head out to your local library and check some out!
What do you think? Will you be listening to audio books at work? Which of these audio books would you like to check out? Are there others you would add to the list?
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