SparkPeople Books By Ear Team Messageboard Wish someone would read to you while you run, drive, do housework, or relax in the evening? Do physical limitations hamper reading? Audiobooks save the day! Share all the best books and best readers! SparkPeople Books By Ear Team Messageboard OCTOBER 2014 For myself, I'd like to learn to exercise shortly after I arise in the morning. <BR> This means some changes: getting up, for one; going to bed earlier for another. <BR> I'll see how it goes. <BR> In November, I'll be starting the bird migration reporting for FeederWatch, which works better early morning too, so I'll be ready! Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:56:15 EST The Holidays! Well, they are almost here - so who has a good plan for dealing with them? <BR> <BR> Last year I was terrible, gained a bunch of weight and had to spend all of January and most of February in a deficit trying to get rid of it. So I want to do better this year! <BR> <BR> Important thing for me to remember: <BR> <BR> It's holiDAYS not holiweeks or holimonths. It's ok to have a day or two with bad food, it's not ok to do that for six straight weeks! Sun, 18 Nov 2012 23:42:44 EST OCTOBER 2012 CHALLENGE - PERSONAL BOOK LISTS FROM QUIETRIOT1 <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> SINCE MANY PEOPLE DIDN'T WRITE DOWN WHAT THEY READ OR LISTENED TO IN SEPTEMBER, I THINK WE WILL START WITH OCTOBER. IT ALSO DOES NOT MATTER IF YOU FEEL IT MAY BE A CONTROVERSIAL BOOK - AS LONG AS IT ISN'T FILTH! THERE ARE MANY POLITICAL BOOKS OUT THERE RIGHT NOW THAT ARE VERY INTERESTING. SO BEGIN WRITING DOWN YOUR BOOKS AND THE FIRST WEEK IN NOV. WE WILL POST THEM. IT DOES NOT MATTER IF IT IS ONE BOOK OR ONE DOZEN. THIS IS NO CONTEST, JUST TO... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 18:28:10 EST MONTHLY BOOK LIST - NEW! Hello team mates. We have a new thread for you to enjoy. Begin keeping track of all the books you have listened to and read for the month. At the beginning of each month, we will post our lists. It will be fun for everyone to see what we are each reading/listening to. Give your books a rating of 1-5 with 5 being the absolute best. Good reading! <BR> Ann Wed, 3 Oct 2012 13:28:50 EST August 2012 Anyone doing anything to challenge themselves during the month of August? I just took my weights/measurements/pics for the month and realized I really haven't progressed at all, other than getting back into exercising again. However, since it's still so hot it's hard for me to commit to an exercise program! So, I am thinking that unless anyone else has a strong feeling, my goal for August is going to be on eating healthy and reasonably. I want to find and try two new recipes this month fo... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 22:55:48 EST JULY 2012 CHALLENGE Select and listen to one particular book this month, posting your process of selecting the book, and updating your progress and reactions to it, throughout July. This could be quite an interesting challenge. This is the place to tell us all about it. Think about possibly going outside your usual range of reading. Perhaps tackle something entirely different. Explore! <BR> <em>448</em> Fri, 6 Jul 2012 00:35:38 EST Keep moving so they'll know you're alive. My beloved 4'10" round little grandmother said she would rather wear out than rust out. I never saw her rusting! And she was active into a good old age ... lovely cook too. <BR> <BR> This is the right spot to share your activity. How does exercise affect your mood? What works best for you, and what do you need more (or less) of? <BR> <BR> WE ARE MADE TO MOVE, SO LET'S DO IT! <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:42:12 EST The Kitchen Space Okay, People, books are TOO much fun, but so is food. This is the spot to talk about what we're eating, when we're eating, how we feel about all that, and to share helpful tips with each other. <BR> <BR> I'm going to stop for a cup of Japanese sencha green tea while I think some more about this. Take a cup with me? <BR> <em>469</em> <em>469</em> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:24:40 EST Audio Books By Genre - Mystery We are starting a new thread that will give the team an opportunity to share audio titles by genre. We thought we would start with Mystery. And Alto suggested that in addition to title and author we add detectives and locale. So here we go: <BR> <BR> Guido Brunetti in Rome (Author Dona Leon) <BR> <BR> Armand Gamasche in Quebec (Author Louise Penny) <BR> <BR> Hamish MacBeth in Lochdubh, Scotland (Author M.C. Beaton) - The titles include Death of a Lady, Death of a Village, etc <BR> <B... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 10:48:44 EST What is your favorite genre? After really top notch literary fiction, I like 'cozy' detective mysteries set in interesting locations. The Armand Gamasche series, by Louise Penny, is set in Quebec, and introduced me to an entirely new landscape. Sat, 16 Jun 2012 22:07:57 EST Listening while going to sleep. Not such a great idea for me! Either I sleep through too much of the plot, or I stay awake, miss a lot of rest, or/and have weird dreams! I still do it though. Sat, 16 Jun 2012 21:39:44 EST Best Methods to Access AudioBooks Hello again, <BR> As I mentioned in my other post, audio books are part of my commute every work day. I am interested in how other people access audiobooks. I use the library but have to rely on a fairly limited selection. I choose new audio books based on interesting titles and then look for authors that I have previously enjoyed. Are there other affordable ways to get audiobooks? Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 08:30:33 EST Audio Book Recommendations By Genre Hello Team, I am interested in audio books because they are a part of my commute every work day. I peruse the available CDs at my local libraries and make selections based on titles...and then look for authors that I have previously enjoyed. <BR> <BR> I would appreciate recommendations for audio books by genre or author or narrator. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Are there enough of us to come up with some good listening lists? <BR> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 08:27:11 EST Reading new words One of the things I love about reading books is running into words I don't know or can't remember the meaning of, or even those which I just haven't heard in a long time. So I thought I'd make a post where I can post any words I run across that are unusual in a book. <BR> <BR> Sometimes it drives me crazy in an audiobook because I have to figure out how to spell it to look it up! <BR> <BR> So far today I have had: <BR> <BR> cyclopean - context seemed to indicate it meant big, looked it up... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 23:20:49 EST Team Leadership I'll be happy to return to take leadership, or co-leadership, of the Team. Am feeling rather better than I was. Greetings to all! Judith Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:51:46 EST Listening devices How do you listen to your "book by ear"? <BR> <BR> I first started by borrowing cassette tapes from the library and listening on the way to work. <BR> <BR> Then I "graduated" to an Apple iPod (Shuffle) which was given to me by my daughter. It was great for music, but it also shuffled the book chapters. <BR> <BR> I finally bought a Sanza Fuze and use it mostly to listen to a book while I walk my dog. <BR> <BR> What about you? Mon, 9 Apr 2012 18:22:46 EST Walking or Stationary exercise equipment Listening to an audio book is a reward I only let myself indulge in if I am exercising. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 21:02:03 EST WINTER 2011/2012 WEIGHT GAIN? Did I gain weight this winter? Yes! Last year I lost two pounds in December, this year I gained them back along with a three more to keep them company. But ... it could have been much worse. I do think I have kept most of the fat off, and since I've been exercising reasonably often, a little weight is actually might be muscle, and perhaps even some bone. Fri, 3 Feb 2012 02:16:21 EST FEBRUARY 2012 CHALLENGE! <em>235</em> <BR> Time to get back to being serious about good health! <BR> This month, let's concentrate on shedding those few pounds of fat some of us tucked on around our middles at the beginning of the winter. <BR> What works best for you when your program is going well? Let the rest of us in on your best techniques in the February 2012 Challenge discussion. <BR> <em>306</em> Fri, 3 Feb 2012 02:04:58 EST JANUARY 2012 GOALS I am going to get back on track this month! <BR> <em>40</em> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 00:18:30 EST Reading a book together Can we decide on a book to read together and discuss it during February? It sounds like Major Pettigrew is pretty popular. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you're interested. I can come up with discussion questions if that's the way you'd like to go. Or we can listen to a section at a time and just discuss what we've listened to. Your call. Sun, 22 Jan 2012 17:08:41 EST Happy New Year! Well, we have made it to 2012. I had a happy holiday season, but definitely not a healthy one! Now I am among the people working on getting healthier in January. I have 3 days of sensible eating down and my goal for this month is to stay focused. There is no reason for any excuses, so I am going to stick to the basics and make the scale drop! <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 Jan 2012 10:52:56 EST Favorite Audiobooks What are your favorite audiobooks? <BR> <BR> My favorite this year was "The Help". Hearing the different black womens' voices helped me distinguish between them. <BR> <BR> I've listened to lots of John Grisham books on tape. Great writer to listen to! Sun, 25 Dec 2011 05:24:09 EST Hi from Pa Hi All, <BR> <BR> Just ran across this team. I listen to books all the time. Especially, I like to be read to sleep at night. <BR> <BR> When I walk (which isn't enough lately) I will have my earbuds in and listen to my books. <BR> <BR> Always looking for new authors to listen to. Love mysteries and scary stories. Any suggestions will be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Hope to make new friends on this team. <BR> <BR> Judy <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Nov 2011 14:21:42 EST HALLOWEEN CANDY 2011 I did not too badly this year. I gave out candy corn packets with about 7 or 8 pieces per packet. I ate two packets the day before, and perhaps 5 while answering the door bell all Halloween evening. That's about 56 kernels of candy corn for the holiday. The rest (from two giant bags) were all handed out to the youngsters (or my husband). I congratulate myself for no wolfing down in the kitchen later on either! <BR> <em>43</em> Wed, 2 Nov 2011 13:21:23 EST NOVEMBER 2011 TEAM CHALLENGE Here we go! Another month, another opportunity is in our hands. <BR> This is the spot to work out ideas and share with the rest of our team. <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> Thinking caps are on! <BR> Wed, 2 Nov 2011 02:04:24 EST Feet up! Lately, I've been wearing myself out with so much work in the yard, that afternoons resting in the rocking chair, feet up, with a tiny glass of wine and a big mug of hot tea at my side is the perfect setting for listening. Woe to anyone disturbing me! I turn the ringer off on the telephone too. <BR> <em>469</em> <em>181</em> <em>335</em> Tue, 4 Oct 2011 14:37:15 EST OCTOBER 2011 TEAM CHALLENGE Have you folks been thinking about what you'd like to focus on in this marvelous month of October? Outdoor activities, perhaps? <BR> <em>465</em> Tue, 4 Oct 2011 14:24:53 EST FULL MOON POLL Have you ever noticed that the full moon has an effect on the amount or quality of your sleep? How about your energy level? <BR> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 22:53:15 EST Louise Penny's 'Bury Your Dead' French-English, city-village, past-present -- simultaneous mysteries abound around! Masterful, beautiful, sensitive writing by Canadian author Louise Penny. As you can tell, I am very impressed. I downloaded the book because of its consistently top ratings, and it more than met my expectations. This work must be listened to with brain actively engaged. A treat. 'Bury Your Dead' is the first of Penny's books I've read, but I certainly will be hunting up the previous books in the series. M... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 22:19:15 EST Folding laundry Laundry day zipped by with the help of mystery writer Louise Penny. It actually felt like fun! <BR> <em>224</em> Fri, 9 Sep 2011 01:47:09 EST 'North and South' by Elizabeth Gaskell Read by Juliet Stevenson, 'North and South' is a Victorian romance placed in an English cotton mill town during the Industrial Revolution. 'Mrs. Gaskell' (born Elizabeth Stevenson) draws a from her own out-of-the-ordinary life experiences for the events, characters, and backgrounds of 'North and South', 'Cranford', and 'Wives and Daughters'. She was close to many other Victorian-era writers, such as Charlotte Bronte and Charles Dickens, as well as a number of other major cultural figures. <B... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 19:17:56 EST North and South' by Elizabeth Gaskell Read by Juliet Stevenson, 'North and South' is a Victorian romance placed in an English cotton mill town during the Industrial Revolution. 'Mrs. Gaskell' (born Elizabeth Stevenson) draws a from her own out-of-the-ordinary life experiences for the events, characters, and backgrounds of 'North and South', 'Cranford', and 'Wives and Daughters'. She was close to many other Victorian-era writers, such as Charlotte Bronte and Charles Dickens, as well as a number of other major cultural figures. ... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 19:11:01 EST SEPTEMBER 2011 TEAM FITNESS GOAL Here we go, Folks! It's back to work, school, and exercise. <BR> For myself, I've signed up for the Trick Or Treat Walking 5k. I did one of these virtual 5Ks last spring, and enjoyed the whole process. When I finished that, I was confident enough to do the MS Walk too. I could really feel getting stronger and lighter -- and it felt GOOD! <BR> <em>185</em> Thu, 1 Sep 2011 00:34:37 EST JUMP ROPE OK, I confess. I do not, and never have jumped rope. In grade school I was a semi-skilled turner. As a young mother, I failed embarrassingly at this feature of being a good role model. <BR> Would I like to be able to do it? Kinda. Sure. What a calorie-burner jump rope would be! <BR> Do I believe I could learn to jump rope? No! <BR> I do believe my limbs would break, however........... <BR> <em>246</em> Sat, 6 Aug 2011 01:30:08 EST MIDDLEMARCH: A Study of Provencial Life. This is a BIG Victorian romantic novel by 'George Eliot' (Mary Anne Evans) read skillfully by Nadia May. Along the way, the author has much to say about the rural English society of the time, as well as the timeless psychology of romantic relationships. An exhaustive discussion of the book can be found on Wikipedia. Once I shifted into my slower, more patient gear, I was well rewarded by a smashing good story. A natural for a long costume series on BBC Masterpiece Theater. Be sure to pick... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 19:25:05 EST July/August goals Since I didn't do this earlier in the month, I am making these my goals for July and August. <BR> <BR> This time I am focusing on accountability. I know what I need to do to be healthy, and I am good at making plans, but not as good at sticking to them. So I will: <BR> <BR> 1. Be active online every day in working at my goals. I will post and blog more, read more articles to educate myself, and keep fitness and health at the top of every day. I will use my food log. <BR> <BR> 2. Se... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 10:25:49 EST June goals I thought I would list some goals since it is a new month! <BR> <BR> Weight loss: Lose about a pound per week. I will have to manage to eat right on weekends to o this! <BR> <BR> Exercise: lift weights at least twice per week. Exercise in some way six days per week. Challenge myself with longer and moe strenuous hikes. <BR> <BR> Nutrition: eat in my Spark range. Get fruits and vegetables every single day! <BR> <BR> Now I have 30 days to make it happen! Wed, 1 Jun 2011 10:06:20 EST Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson This is a contemporary 'cozy English village' novel with appealing main characters, thoughtful issues, and a leisurely pace (which does pick up quite a bit toward the end). I enjoyed it very much, once I got into it, with many smiles and a few belly laughs. <BR> Very intelligent author, who enjoys doing a 'send up' of the genre. There is information about her, with an interview, on GoodReads at the link below. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7.Helen_Simonson </link... Thu, 19 May 2011 00:41:58 EST MARCH FITNESS CHALLENGE Team member COMFANFAN has suggested a fitness challenge for March, so let's do it! <BR> Find new fitness DVDs, devise new routines, or take a new fitness class. <BR> Tell us all about it, and give us updates on how it's working for you. <BR> We want it new, we want it fresh! We want to hear all about it! <BR> Let's shake off those winter blues! <BR> <em>320</em> <em>68</em> <em>315</em> <em>319</em> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 01:16:46 EST John Lee Excellent reader of 'The Coffee Trader'. I can see the streets and people come alive. He's been given several awards. Find out more about him at<BR>1524.shtml Fri, 25 Feb 2011 23:42:37 EST The Coffee Trader' by David Liss Historical fiction (intrigue/romance) set in the Netherlands during the early growth of financial and futures markets, at a time when the Netherlands were the center of international trade and cosmopolitan society. Reader-listener is immersed in the fascinating life of Portuguese Jews who looked for opportunity and greater freedom in Amsterdam. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 23:36:58 EST LOWER SODIUM INTAKE CHALLENGE, JANUARY 2011 Here we go, Team! Tired of watching your weight after the holidays? We aren't giving up on that! But look up from the scale now, and take very seriously another aspect of a healthy diet: sodium. We need it, we like it, but too much makes us sick. So for January, let's pay attention, and try to keep it under 2000 mg per day. <BR> <em>52</em> Sun, 2 Jan 2011 19:18:01 EST Listening while sewing and mending. Finally hemmed those flannel-lined jeans while listening to some excellent short stories. Might be ready to tackle some more items from that pile now. <BR> <em>104</em> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 20:39:49 EST December 2010 Challenge. "No Frills, Again". Can we do it again? Yes, we can! <BR> WEIGH NO MORE DECEMBER 31 THAN ON DECEMBER 1! <BR> November's No Frills Challenge ended with one weight maintained (goal met!), one weight loss, and one weight gain smaller than expected (good job!). <BR> All in all, a successful challenge. <BR> Can we do it again? You bet! <BR> See you New Year's Eve! <BR> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>12</em> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 13:09:09 EST November 2010 Challenge. No frills! Check in with your weight on the first day of November. <BR> Then, check in again the last day of November to record your weight again. <BR> The goal is to weigh no more at the end of the month than you did at the beginning. Simple, right? <BR> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>471</em> <BR> Well, we know that the November mountain is -- Thanksgiving! So, if we can do this, it is a real achievement! <BR> During the month, check into this forum as often as you like to cheerlead, or jus... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 15:38:01 EST The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream Written by Paulo Coelho. Read by Jeremy Irons. <BR> I was disappointed in this book. Reviews I'd seen were very positive, so I expected more from it. It is a pleasant book, written in an extremely simple, linear narrative style; "He walked into the room. Then he said 'Hello' and sat down. Then the man in the turban also said 'Hello'," and so forth. <BR> The main character is a well-educated Spanish shepherd boy who sells his flock to travel to Egypt's pyramids to find his Treasure. He... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 23:03:27 EST Review: The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield This book makes a good October read because it is in the tradition of classic gothic ghost stories. It is the story of Margaret, a quiet, bookish woman, and the daughter of a dealer in old books. Margaret once wrote an obscure biography that showed some insight into the connection between siblings. Because of this biography, famous author Vida Winter chooses her as the writer to whom she will tell her life story. Vida has told many different stories of her life over the years, and one of ... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 15:13:33 EST Review: Warbreaker - Brandon Sanderson This is the last book I finished so I figured it would make a good first review. My reading tastes are all over the place but I usually do not care for fantasy. However, my husband dared to recommend this one (even after listening to me rant for days about how much I disliked parts of his last fantasy recommendation), and in the end I liked it a lot! <BR> <BR> The narration for the audiobook was only average - I did not feel the narrator really captured the nature of some of the characters... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 23:03:17 EST Listening on the commute. Do you listen on the bus, the train, while driving to work? What works out the best for getting you to work in a good frame of mind for the day? <BR> <em>38</em> Fri, 8 Oct 2010 12:46:19 EST What's your goal for today? Did return the books, but didn't do more than minimal strength training. <em>2</em> <BR> -------------------- <BR> <BR> Return those library books, and strength training. <BR> <em>84</em> Fri, 8 Oct 2010 12:43:12 EST The CafŽ Table. Welcome to the CafŽ! I'd like to have a relaxing visit over a latte and croissant with friends. What'll you have? <BR> <em>434</em> Tue, 14 Sep 2010 14:48:43 EST Recommend good readers! I'll start this off with Stephen Fry's reading of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. Fry's reading here is smooth, arch, and very, very professional. He does have a gorgeous speaking voice, and he reads with intelligence, humor, and perfect timing. Fri, 13 Aug 2010 22:27:34 EST Team Goal At the moment, the Team goal is to use audiobooks as part of a relaxing wind down to the day before going to bed. My own favorite is listening to Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, while I drift off. With his gentle and reassuring voice, he can address even the most difficult human feelings, generating calm and confidence in his listeners. I particularly like the second part of his The Art of Mindful Living. Tue, 3 Aug 2010 11:33:45 EST Hospitals and physician's offices! My iPod was my hero during a full day in the hospital for a ten minute 'procedure'. It was a trying day. First three hours of lying there waiting, then the little procedure, then told to not move, raise my head, cough, laugh, or tighten tummy muscles for a solid four hour stretch. Try it! Don't think I could have done it (at least not very well) without being able to listen to my Thomas Hardy novel. Tue, 3 Aug 2010 11:21:23 EST Books By Ear Team is up and running! Hello, Spark People! I hope that this team will fill a gap in the vast line-up of book clubs on SparkPeople. Reading, whether for information, entertainment, or thoughtful reflection, has always been a major part of my life. As life went on, reading became physically more difficult, and the discovery of recorded books for CDs and iPods has opened wide a new opportunity in my life. I am so enthusiastic about this, that I want to share this this with anyone I can! Please join me on my happ... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 10:41:46 EST