Road Trip with an Audio Book
If you’re heading on a road trip this summer, why not take an audiobook along for the ride? An engaging story can keep your mind active while you drive; you might even find yourself wishing you had a longer commute!
Though critics say audiobooks cheapen the reading experience, cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham does not agree. Comprehension, he says, does operate differently when you listen to a book – silent reading forces you to decode the letters and punctuation for yourself, while the narrator of an audiobook does that work for you. “Listening to an audiobook might be considered cheating if the act of decoding were the point…. But if appreciating the language and the story is the point, it’s not."
You can access audiobooks via streaming services such as Spotify and Google Play, or you can browse the options here at Hekman. The Cavyan Collection has audiobooks in multiple genres, including:
- Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking
- The Girl on the Train
- Wolf Hall
- The warmth of other suns: the epic story of America's great migration
- Notes from a Small Island; Neither Here Nor There; and I'm a Stranger Here Myself
(Submitted by 2018 graduate, Courtney Zonnefeld)