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Old 05-31-2006, 07:42 PM   #21
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I for one have not found it to be a problem when knitting and reading at hte same time. If you can multitask (or raise more than one child!), you can read and knit at the same time.

Although, I do see your point re:Auschwitz.
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Old 05-31-2006, 08:25 PM   #22
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I find I can only listen to Audio books if I don't need to concentrate on what I'm knitting (ie: stocking stitch/garter stitch scarves or plain items).

Music, my favourite for knitting is either relaxation classical, Lounge or soft jazz. Anything more upbeat and I prefer to dance to it.

But I also knit in front of the TV, depending on the program will depend on how much concentration I need for the project.


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Old 05-31-2006, 09:54 PM   #23
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Holly - I hope you enjoy finding audio books to knit to!

Guess which books I bought today from

*Old Time Radio Shows: Detectives, Volume 1, Part 1

*Old Time Radio Shows: Detectives, Volume 1, Part 2

*Old Time Radio Shows: Detectives, Volume 2, Part 1

*Old Time Radio Shows: Detectives, Volume 2, Part 2

*Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary

*The Chronicles of Narnia (all of the books!)

*Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

*Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

*Emma by Jane Austen

I am trying to build up a library - we love books! We have been listening to a chapter of this, then a chapter of that and watching no t.v. It's interesting to see how much more you pay attention to someone speaking when there is nothing for you to look at and you are relying totally on your ears to get all of the information!
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Old 05-17-2007, 01:57 PM   #24
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I'm sorry that I'm reviving a year old thread, but I love listening to books while I do... well a whole bunch of things. I wanted to share LibriVox with everyone. It is a site where you can download readings of books that are no longer under copyright. My hubby and I listened to The Secret Garden on a road trip to Florida and I was incredibly impressed. The recording was good enough to have been professional.

I will warn you that the recordings start and stop with each chapter. You can either listen to each, 'this is a LibriVox recording...' message or you can skip to the next chapter. It all depends on what you find less annoying, but I figured the price was right, and I love the classics.

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Old 05-17-2007, 05:48 PM   #25
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Don't forget all the things you can get on iTunes. Many old radio programs are now podcasts, such as The Green Hornet and Suspense.

Also, on, you can find tons of audiobooks and poetry that are free downloads. They use volunteers to read books that are no longer under copyright, like old classics. Not all of the volunteers are professional quality, but some are tremendous, and I like free!!

These audiobooks can be listened to on you computer, synced on an ipod or mp3, or burned onto CDs.
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Old 05-17-2007, 10:06 PM   #26
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I LOVE doing this! I keep books on CD and tape in the car. If I have an off period subbing, I borrow a player from the library, find an office, listen and knit!

My family loves the Mrs. Pollifax books by Dorothy Gilman (I think). They're great mysteries that take place in interesting places. Good for pre-teens and up, but probably not younger because of the suspense.
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Old 05-17-2007, 11:00 PM   #27
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I second the Narnia recommendation! I've checked out all seven from my public library, and they're very well read. (I especially like The Silver Chair - Jeremy Northam does a great Puddleglum.)

Another great series is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. It's British humor at its finest.

Shakespeare is also fun to listen to, especially if you get a recording with sound effects. (Swordfights are hard to imagine audibly.)

Methinks I will have to check out this Librivox thing...

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Thanks for bumping this thread! I need to find something more brain enriching and it would be nice to listen while knitting but also while out walking, It would encourage me to do the latter...
I am inspired to pursue these options~
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Old 05-18-2007, 04:37 PM   #29
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I am also "reading" audio books while knitting. I lvoe to read, but kind of hard to do with hands full of I am listening to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Preparing for the Deathly Hallows release!
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I've never done audio books. Are there ever any non-fiction types like mathematics or sciences?
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