Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Introducing my boys to Puffin audiobooks

Penguin kindly sent us three Puffin audiobooks to transport the boys on some magical adventures.  I really do not know why I have not invested in audiobooks sooner, they would have made our long car journeys that much more bearable.

We travel fairly regularly with my blog to various events across the country, some over quite a distance.  Usually my husband and I are at our wits end because the boys are squabbling so much.  Cooped up in a car for any length of time is a recipe for disaster, they get bored and bad-tempered.  There are only so many times you can play guess the colour of the next car or eye spy before losing the will to continue with the journey.  Heaven help us if one brother happens to look out of the others window… (A battle of epic proportions might just about sum it up!).

So make your life easier and pick up a few audiobook titles you know your children already love.  Now with audiobooks to entertain them I am looking forward to the boys settling in with a story they appreciate and being thoroughly entertained for a good few hours.  I want their childhood to be filled with positive memories and having a more relaxed and calm car journey will be much better for everyone!  One filled with giggles of laughter rather than complaints about each other’s behaviour.

In the meantime we have been enjoying the audiobooks at home, we have been very impressed with the pace of the books, at a speed children can absorb all the information and easily follow the storyline.  Dan Russell on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School had a lovely clear voice.

Eldest was quite happy tucked up in our bed listening to the story on daddy's laptop.  It seemed to chill him out.  He is already familiar with the story but liked having it in audiobook format instead.


The Roald Dahl Reads are a real treat as they are read by Roald Dahl himself, my eldest has lots of his books and is a big fan, so its special being able to listen to the stories as told by the main man himself.  Truly splendiferous!  You have five stories to enjoy lasting 3 hours and 40 minutes.

The Borrowers read by Samantha Bond had a voice that completely draws you in, it’s important the narrator is well matched for the story they are reading.  The Borrowers is a really charming story and a classic well worth introducing your children too.

If you are struggling to get your children to take an interest in reading, an audiobook can be quite relaxing before bedtime and might encourage them to read the written book itself at some point.  They can also serve as a welcome break for an overtired mum or dad, who just doesn’t have any energy left for the bedtime story.  Yes that’s okay, don’t be hard on yourself just pop on an audiobook and go put the kettle on.  Take a breather you have earnt it.  No need to feel guilty either audiobooks really help with vocabulary and comprehension.

If you wanted more recommendations do read the article over on Mumsnet featuring a selection of the best audiobook titles available for children and audio samples so you can see which would interest your child the most.

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13 comments:

  1. I love the idea of these, something I need to look into for Roo and Tigger

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  2. This is something my kids would absolutely love, especially my son! Love these

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  3. We are huge fans of Audio books. Mini goes to bed listening to one each and every night

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  4. I have never really thought of getting audio books. My eldest just reads herself as she is an avid reader. May try these for the youngest

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  5. Audio books are a godsend here - they are the one thing that helped my son get to sleep on a night. LIstening to one before he nods off is the only way he could switch off!

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  6. I honestly don't know how I would have survived some of our lengthy car trips without audio CD's. I could recite some of the favourites now, but they are just so useful! :)

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  7. I need to get the boys into audio books. They always seem quite expensive, but these look like a great price. Glad they are enjoying them xx

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  8. My son is into Diary of a Wimpy Kid too. Audio books are great for travelling - especially if someone gets motion sickness:-)

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  9. Ohh we adore audio books and I just got my girls some great ones for Christmas - the whole Roald Dahl series and also Michael Morpego and such good prices I paid. Mich x

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  10. We have some audio books and I just realised we don't own a CD player anymore!!!! That's so irritating! I think I need to look into a digital service x

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  11. Isaac is heavily into Roald Dahl at the moment - he would adore these

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  12. We spend a lot of time in the car going to gymnastics, so have worked our way through ALL the Roald Dahl's recently. I really need to buy some more audiobooks so this is great, thank you. x

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  13. We are such big fans of audio books, we listen to them loads in our house and I'm trying to get into the the habit of listening to some myself when I have a moment x

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