Love to Read? Love to Craft? Finding it Hard to Do Both? You Need Audio Books!

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Many Craftsters love to read, sometimes as much as they love to craft. The problem with loving both of these rewarding activities is that it’s almost impossible to do them both at the same time. Many of us have to budget our time nearly as carefully as our money. Luckily there is a solution to this vexing problem: Audio books! You can focus your eyes on your craft, and unlike TV you won’t need to look away. This is especially great for crafts like embroidery and needle felting – ouch! The nice folks at Random House Audio were kind enough to send over some audio books so that I could check it out.

I have to say, I really enjoyed them. I was able to get lost in the story as well as focus on my crafting (embroidery). It was a very relaxing and engaging activity. I will admit I even brought the cds in the car when I wanted to know what happened next! Here are a few things to consider when selecting audio books. Know if it’s abridged or unabridged. When a book is abridged it means that some content has been edited to make it shorter. If you are looking for a more concise version, this may be right for you, but if you don’t want to miss a word, be sure you get the unabridged version. The reader can make a huge difference. Often you won’t know who that person is, but after listening to audio books for a while you will recognize names of readers you like and those that you enjoy less. If the author is a good reader or has a very recognizable voice, such as President Obama or David Sedaris, it’s nice to hear books read by the author. In some cases I even prefer audio books over print, because of the reader. Audio books are also a great gift idea for crafters, frequent travellers, and people with impaired vision (or busy people who like to multitask!). What do you like to do while crafting?

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9 Comments

  1. my fave audio books are Neil Gaiman reading his own books, Stardust & Graveyard Book. I also “watch” TV shows on my laptop while I sculpt, catching up on all the shows I wouldn’t normally get to see. Other than I sometimes watch movies on my laptop or just listen to music/

  2. mzundercover says:

    i like to either listen to podcasts or watch the ravelry radar :-)

  3. Shae says:

    I am a big audiobook fan! One of my favorites to listen to is JD Robb’s In Death series. The lady who reads it is great and the series has over 30 books, so it definitely works for lots of craft projects.

  4. phoebe says:

    ive been listening to audio books for awhile. i started when i was about 12 i guess while i would draw or crochet!!

  5. I used to watch tv until we got rid of our tv. Then I tried to talk to my husband, until he got annoyed because he was busy typing. Then I tried to read fan fic on the ipod, but that hurts my neck.

    Luckily, I just got a tape player and some cheap audio books my mom found at a garage sale. One of the audio books is even read by the actor that plays Benjamin Linus on the ‘Lost’ tv show. I just need to get a headphone jack and I will be a happy little crafter. Why do I have to wait til payday? :( I will just have to annoy my hubby by talking until then.

  6. Riechan says:

    At home, when crafting I like watching tv.
    At my dorm, (where there’s no tv) I love listening music, it’s weird but I don’t like crafting while I’m watching a movie (’cause I want to pay attention :p)

    I found the audiobook from Harry Potter (4th book) and loved listening to it before I went to sleep, seemed to calm my senses :) Have to try that again :D

  7. Sarah says:

    I also almost always listen to podcasts or audiobooks while I’m sewing (& in my car). Here in San Diego the county library and several city libraries let you download audiobooks online for free and listen to them for 3 weeks. They have an amazing selection and it’s a godsend because I can’t really afford to buy them from iTunes or audible. I’ve listened to a lot of Janet Evanovich and Charlaine Harris that way. Plus they have all my favorite classics like Little Women & Jane Austen’s books. Sometimes listening to David Sedaris reading his books or Barbara Rosenblat reading Bridget Jones’s Diary, I start laughing so hard I have to stop what I’m doing or risk sewing my own fingers.

  8. Tom Lopy says:

    Audio books are great. I love to listen to them. I like a lot of the free ones on librevox and newfiction.com

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