Visiting Old Friends

Oh, that I had the time! But there is a help for that, so that I can revisit those that moved me, changed me and those that introduced me to life-long friends. 

Before I could read, I had my aunt and mother read and reread many favorite stories and books to me. Even then, if a book really spoke to me, I liked the characters, I loved the way the words were put together, I wanted to keep hearing them. 

Indeed, I read some of those on my own, and to my nieces, sons, and grandchildren. 

As I write this, I now accept the reason as to why I have taken to listening to good, (that is well-read), audiobooks. 

I do enjoy reading. I enjoy picking up on the words, getting lost in the story, or the way the writer uses words. I stop and savor well-written scenes or passages, lines. or even a well-chosen word that gives true meaning to the feelings the writer wanted to relate, 

and succeeded. 

Re-reading, or now as is often the case, listening to books that I have read and loved, lets me do one of two things: concentrate on the writing skills of the authors when they had me caught up in the story the first time I read them, or conversely, delve deeper into the minutiae of relationships or meanings when I was too busy enjoying the way the story was coming together in words.  

My mother was generally quite protective of me, but she allowed me to read a rather adult novel when I was 16. She told me that I needed to reread it when I was older, (I have not done so as yet). I understand why, as I am actually glad that I did not read The Secret Garden, Mary Poppins, and a few other works for children until I was an adult, as I got so much more out of them looking from an adult POV, as I probably would not have revisited them had I read them as a child; I probably would not have really enjoyed the stories. 

Revisiting certainly goes for the Narnia books, which I listen to every couple of years. I listened to the entire Harry Potter series two years ago after having relished the books in hand. I have listened to the Lord of the Rings books, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books, the works of Robert Louis Stevenson and others which I have read, maybe even more than once. 

I can do all of this while doing practically mindless work; 

 I’ve always been good at multitasking. 

(My nieces were pestering me once when I said, “Give me a few minutes, I’m doing five things right now.” My mother, a descendant of the Romans, said, “What, you aren’t Julius Caesar? It was said that he could do seven things at one time.” I said, “You’re the one who thinned down the blood! Five is doing pretty good, I think!” I made her laugh.) 

Not that I don’t actually re-read some. “The Bishop’s Beggar” and other shorter, deep stories, poetry and and some religious works. I know that I will think of quite a number as soon as I post this, but I am really running behind.  

Do I re-read stories close to my heart? Yes, Do I revisit them in audiobooks? I am grateful for those. Do many some to mind, come to heart on their own? 



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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4 Responses to Visiting Old Friends

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Interesting how some readers (like you) also really enjoy listening to audio-books.
    For me, they’ve never taken off. I’m a fast reader and when I have listened to an audio book (or portion), I’ve been impatient for the reader to get on with it.
    To me, it’s somewhat akin to those old movies where the character holds up a message and the movie viewer is supposed to read it. Okay, it takes me about two seconds to read the whole message, but the camera lingers on it for 30 or more.
    I guess the only way that I’d be swayed to listen to audio books regularly is if I were simply unable to hold a book and turn pages for myself.
    Then, I’m sure I’d consider it a blessing for someone to read to me.

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Now that I’ve started to listen to audiobooks while sewing or crocheting, I could possibly make myself listen to an old favorite – but there are so many I have yet to read or listen to! Once I finish listening to the Agatha Raisin books, maybe I’ll tackle an audio version of Harry Potter or Narnia. I haven’t made myself read either of those series.

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    • I hope that you do and I hope that you enjoy them. Both authors are insightful, imaginative and playful at times. I cannot more strongly suggest the complete Narnia series starting with The Magician’s Nephew, and the series read by Kenneth Branagh and includes Patrick Stewart and Derek Jacobi among others, (whose names escape me at the moment).

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