Do You, Too, YouTube?

I have made a great discovery: many great old movies and many great readings are available on YouTube. I can pick up YouTube for free on computer and through my Xbox, (into my TV.) I can pick it up on my tablet and on my phone.

I pull up YouTube for great old songs, how-tos and videos of interest, including back or front stories which are musical history. There are videos on world history. There are cooking shows, including one that my cousin introduced me to: “Cooking with Nonna”. “Nonna” is the Italian word for “Grandma” and the young woman who hosts the show brings in her nonna, along with other people’s nonnas, to teach the world their recipes before they are lost. My own nonna, along with my grandson’s nonna, (my mom), took many recipes and secrets to their graves. Knowing Italians, I doubt that we get EVERY secret from EVERY nonna who go on the show, but we get the gist of their dishes. (Italian women are defined by their cooking. Even Sophia Loren felt the need to write a cookbook.)

There are a few video blogs and discussions that interest me, some on intricate shows and movie series which I enjoy. There are series featuring Americans who live overseas and the differences they face. I wish I had time to see all that interest me.

My husband and I like to watch movies together and YouTube now contains an incredible number of classics. Among those I had seen long ago and showed to him recently have been, “A Letter to Three Wives”, “Portrait of Jennie” and “Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid”. Do you know them?
He is keen on war movies and there are quite a number of them, many British and very well done.

How I have been utilizing YouTube, though, is mostly for audiobooks.

I have said before that I much prefer reading books and stories for myself. I like to ‘hear’ in my mind the voices of the characters without the sometimes bad vocalizations done by the narrators on audiobooks. However, my time is at a premium, as is my energy. I can put stories on and cook, clean, sort, tend to the cats and do anything but write. (I listen to music when I write.) I have discovered that if I think of a well-read audio book as a movie, I can enjoy it very much. I had Bluetooth headphones which had limited range. My grandson gave me Bluetooth earpods that work wonderfully in almost every part of my one-level house.

I think my appreciation started with the podcast of the stories from Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Often, the writer themselves read their work. If you like mysteries, you should check it out; they are short stories, ones printed in the magazine. I went looking for more stories to listen to and found them on YouTube.

Throughout YouTube all sorts of stories are available. I found that I had an appreciation for the way Stephen King writes by listening to him read some of his short stories, or by hearing famous actors read them. I can’t say that I appreciate all of his context, as some of it is definitely not for children, (or anyone, for that matter), but the man really has a way with words.

But then, shoot, I loved to read Hemingway to the point where I think I read everything that he published, even though I can’t say that I actually LIKED even one of his stories.
There are every possible type of reading recorded and available on YouTube, of varying quality. Not only the quality of the stories themselves, but the also the technical quality and the rendition.

Some have glitches in the recordings, with repeats or ‘hiccups’ and sometimes the sound volume vacillates.
Some stories are read straight through, with the speakers’ abilities ranging from pretty bad to fantastic.
Some are performances with the narration done with voices of other people doing some of the characters, and they, also, have varying degrees of success.

One that was done extremely well and had me enthralled. I would like very much to speak about it in the next Free Week, because it deserves a post of its own.

Have you taken a good look around YouTube lately?

Have you enjoyed the performances, movies or book and story recordings?


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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8 Responses to Do You, Too, YouTube?

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I haven’t watched entire movies on YouTube, but I’ve listened to lots of music, especially when I’m trying to get work done and the TV is on. I use YouTube a lot for research, and of course the musical groups I play in both encourage us to listen to recordings of the pieces we’re playing so that we know how our part fits in with the whole. Our TV is connected to the internet so we could watch anything on YouTube, Hulu, or Netflix – but we’re usually watching a regular channel. As for audiobooks, I’ve never enjoyed them. Or maybe I should say, I’ve never managed to listen to an entire book. I keep falling asleep.


    • Had you asked me some years ago,I would have told you that I hated audio books; I could not stand to hear the phony voices. However, if they are done well, I have been able to cover a lot of literary territory.
      I f I sat down to listen, yes,I’d probably be asleep.Besides, I’d be reading a book/tablet! I only listen to them while I am otherwise physically occupied.


  2. Joselyn says:

    We watch YouTube all the time. I listen to documentaries a lot when I’m sewing. For some reason, it’s more comforting for me to listen to a video than to an audiobook. I’m not sure why. Maybe being able to glance at the video occasionally keeps me oriented in the discussion?

    I’ve never thought of checking YouTube for audiobooks though. I will have to keep that in mind.


  3. We use YouTube a lot. It started when Wyatt was very little. We would pull up Donald Duck cartoons when he was sick. We’d curl up on my big bed, wrap in a blanket, and laugh at Donald Duck while he was getting a breathing treatment.
    Then when he was 2 we started listening to music on there. We’d pull up Celtic music or Lindseay Stirling and dance around the house.
    At age three when he had his tonsils removed he had a rough recovery (2 nights in the hospital and a few times he had to return for fluids because he hurt so much he wouldn’t drink or eat). He wanted a bedtime story but I didn’t have anything with us. So I looked it up and we came across Richard Armitage reading children’s stories for a CBeebie’s bedtime hour. Wyatt fell in love. He had to listen to those exact stories every night for over a year. He still listens to them when he is sick. He says that he (Richard Armitage) does the best voices when he reads.
    Recently (about a year or so ago) we started watching cooking shows on there. Our current obsession is Italian Food. Wyatt says we should have been Italian, he loves to cook their food. He likes shows where they bring on their Nonna. I’ll have to look up Cooking With Nonna.

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  4. jeff7salter says:

    I’ve watched several things on Netflix on my desktop computer… which, I guess would be similar to the YouTube experience. But mostly was I see on YT are music pieces — golden oldies — and speeches, such as those TED talks.
    I’ve also seen quite a few things posted by other authors… and (let’s be honest here) some of them are less than “polished” and could use some good editing. Or better preparation.

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    • Oh,the quality varies absolutely, even among the audiobooks I have heard big name publishers in boxed sets. That is one of the reasons why I brought my friend Diane Davis in a while back to talk about audiobooks. Diane turns down offers all the time because of the time and painstaking work she puts into the ones that she has done. She always was a perfectionist.
      I have “Nextflixed” on the computer and tried to put movies and shows on while I was otherwise occupied but it doesn’t work because I miss a lot or stop to watch! This is why I love the audiobooks.
      But since my grandchildren hooked us up through the XBox I got for them to play on, we watch Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube on the big screen in the living room.

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