Saturday, October 18, 2008

Good Listening

We're grateful for our public library. We've been mining its riches (especially the children's library) for years now, but we always seem to find new treasures.

This month we've been getting into audio books. They've turned into an enjoyable listening opportunity during the sweet girl's afternoon rest time...which once in a great while is my rest time too, but most likely turns into lesson planning or reading or writing time!

The favorite two thus far, and ones I highly recommend:

The original Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, unabridged, read by Jim Broadbent. I especially like his Piglet voice.

Green Eggs and Ham and Other Servings of Dr. Seuss, read by Michael McKean, Jason Alexander, and David Hyde Pierce. They're all good readers, but my very favorite is Fox in Socks as read by David Hyde Pierce.

I've also been very much enjoying a lovely CD my husband found for me at the library last week: Joshua Bell playing the West Side Story Suite based on Leonard Bernstein's wonderful West Side Story music. For some reason, I'm not finding a link to this anywhere online (it's late and I'm tired) but I still recommend it if you can find it or borrow it. I've always loved the West Side Story music, and this suite is filled with heart-rending and creative riffs on the West Side musical themes. The CD also includes some of Bernstein's concert work and music from On the Town and Candide.


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Erin said...

Ooh, I love David Hyde Pierce. And I bet Jim Broadbent does a fantastic job. I have a set of four audiobooks - Winnie the Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six - read by Charles Kuralt, who has a really nice, rumbly narrator voice.

Beth said...

Charles Kuralt! I used to just love him. I'll bet those are wonderful tapes.

And yes, David Hyde Pierce is terrific. He's got a good Seussian voice. :-) We played *Fox in Socks* one night at dinner and all got the giggles!