We live quite close to family and friends, so we’re not often in the car for more than one or two hours, but it doesn’t take the boys long to get a little fed up. Win is a talker, which I absolutely love, but sometimes I definitely crave a little peace and quiet in the car – he asks about anything and everything. Audio books are a real life saver, and they are requested on almost every journey. We thought a few months ago that Ru would be too young to take interest, but with most things we are finding that Ru is interested sooner, purely to be like his older brother.
We don’t a huge variety – The Julia Donaldson Collection, Paddington and some of the Roald Dahl stories, but we find that they like the same ones over and over again. Their favourite Julia Donaldson audio book is ‘The Troll’ and the songs are particularly hilarious.
Jared and I are forever impressed at how talented all of the narrators are – how are they able to do so many accents, change their voices so quickly, be completely hilarious and sound so natural doing it. It’s incredible, and such a skill. If Jared and I want to talk we will just put the sound on in the back, so we can hear ourselves speak.
At the moment we own the shorter Roald Dahl stories – The Enormous Crocodile, Esio Trot, Fantastic Mr Fox and The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me. Their favourite Roald Dahl audio book is definitely ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ and the narration by Stephen Fry is outstanding.
Their favourite part of ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ comes right at the end, and it always makes me giggle too:
“Suddenly, Trunky let go of the Crocodile’s tail and the Crocodile went shooting high up into the sky like a green rocket. He went…
Up and up…
Higher and higher…
Faster and faster…
With the most tremendous BANG the Enormous Crocodile crashed head first into the hot sun and sizzled up like a sausage!”
What a brilliant ending. As the boys get older I’d love to purchase a few more audio books – perhaps some of the longer Roald Dahl stories, and I’ve heard that David Walliams audio books are really fantastic too.
Have you tried audio books? What do you think?
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Esther I love the Julia Donaldson collection and completely agree that its absolutely amazing. I love listening to it and the troll is fab! The kids adore them and they’ve been a life saver on difficult bedtimes too. I regret not getting the Roald Dhal one when it was sold at Es school for like £15! What a barg to not snap up! Xx
£15 is a total bargain! xx
I really want to get the Roald Dahl set, I loved them as a child and my littles love some of the stories too but I think they would really benefit from the audio books! x
I’d definitely forgotten how crazy his books are! So funny and the words he uses to describe things are brilliant! xx