What do you do (when you can’t do anything)?

One of the mainstays of my entertainment has been books on tape. There have been times when I was too tired to sit up and watch something, and even to lie in bed and read, but listening to a book is a degree easier than either of these things. If you can’t go anywhere with your legs, at least you can travel in your mind. And if you can find a series you like, even better!–you won’t run out material for a while. Some of my favourite series have been James Herriot’s books (such as All Creatures Great and Small) as read by the actor who played James (Christopher Timothy) in the television series of the same name. I’ve been listening to those since I was a child, home from school for weeks with walking pneumonia. Another series I have really enjoyed is the Aubrey/Maturin series, by Patrick O’Brian. (I have one reader I prefer to another, but I’m not sure which–it might be Patrick Tull.) And the Redwall series (Brian Jacques) is good on tape–they have a cast to do the voices, including the author. If you have any recommendations, let me know!

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