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    Jen Robinson

    I like that. "My private outer space". I love listening to audiobooks, too. You get such a different experience of the book than you do from reading. It's too slow-paced to do it with everything, but a great book on audio - that's something to remember forever. Kudos to you on listening to the Book Thief. It must have been amazing.


    Hold on. Fourteen hours? That's why I can't do audio books. I don't have that kind of patience.

    I did read The Book Thief, and certainly agree that it is one of the best books I've ever read. Unlike my usual reading style, I read it in bits over a couple of weeks. Usually I read a book straight through, in one long reading or two shorter ones. But at 500 pages, this book needed its own approach.


    The Book Thief is one of my favorite books! I've never listened to it in audio, and your description sounds divine.

    Good luck with your work. And by the way, you knew your husband in ninth grade? That is so very cool.


    Wow- I totally understand the "space out" zone you need to get into- I need to get there too. BUT I can't listen to something like an audio book! That would throw me off big time- for me it has to be either something I already know (like a favorite movie) or something I don't really care about (like mindless TV talk shows). If something is TOO interesting, I get off-task. I was just eyeing "The Book Thief" in the BOMC I really want to read it! But I will need to do it the looong, old fashioned way, I'm afraid!

    Barbara Johansen Newman

    Hey, Jen, thanks for stopping by! Yup--listening to a story is wonderful! I'm hooked!

    Pam, you have to do it while you do something else. Then it's like the best of both worlds. But, you are so right--whether listened to or read, the book is a remarkable experience.

    Vivian, not only did we know each other in 9th grade--we actually met in 7th grade when we were 12! That's how long we have been driving each other crazy.

    Liz, definitely read it. With all the "light" reading that is so popular these days, this kind of book reminds me why I love the literary reads.

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