Tales for Great Grandchildren now available in audiobook
I have always believed that stories are best when read aloud
Posted on: 8th February 2013
From an early age, I enjoyed stories most of all when they were read aloud. When I was a child, I used to hugely look forward to being read books like the Jungle Book and Winnie the Pooh in the evenings. Likewise, I later enjoyed reading stories to my own children.
Writing developed from speech, and in my view it is best when it retains that link. Reading books aloud allows us to enjoy the rhythm, intonation and infection of sentences much more.
Reading aloud sometimes seems an old-fashioned practice - reading aloud and listening to recitals was once a much more common way of telling stories. But one of the strange things about the digital revolution is that new technologies are allowing people to rediscover old pleasures. Apps make it much easier and cheaper for us to incorporate high quality images and video into 'books', while increasing numbers of people are finding that downloadable audiobooks are a convenient and flexible way to enjoy listening to a book read aloud.
I'm delighted that Tales for Great Grandchildren is now available as a digital audiobook.
We've uploaded a sample so that you can get an idea of what the recording is like. Listen to me reading 'The End of the World' by playing this YouTube clip:
The audiobook is available from Audible, iTunes and several other online retailers. Our publishing partner links to them all on this page.
If you decide to download a copy, then do let us know what you think of it!