I have always wanted to read the “classic” books! Throughout my high school and college years I did read some of the classics. Now, as a mom of 4, full time teacher/Service Coordinator, student earning a Master’s Degree, writer, etc…I still want to read the classics. The problem I have is exhaustion. I sit down to read and once I am finally able to sit still for longer than 20 minutes I fall asleep. I run everyday and over the summer I started the practice of listening to podcasts of TED talks, BBC podcasts, and Archbishop Robert Barron. I depleted every TED Radio hour podcast as well as every Father Robert Barron episode. They only come out with a new one once a week. Then it dawned on me I could listen to classic books on podcasts!! I listened to “The Diary of Eve” by Mark Twain it was hilarious. I listened to “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montegomery is was breathe taking, I could picture every setting. I just finished “Jane Eyre” by Charolette Bronte, read by Elizabeth Klett, it was unbelievable! I listen to it when I run daily, every time I am driving to and from work and whenever I am by myself in the van. I adore the language, the ideas, the characters, and the plots. Tomorrow I start “Wuthering Heights” by Emile Bronte. I can’t wait to get lost in a new classic.
I highly suggest listening to the recordings on Librivox recordings. They are very well done and the readers have fabulous accents, and expressions. I know it would probably be best if I could read these masterpieces but listening only takes me about 10 days as opposed to 2 months. I have always enjoyed listening to stories. It is a pleasure and a joy!