This is a great book to listen to at bedtime if you want your kid to stay up all night. I suppose that reading the book itself would be OK, but the audiobook has a creepy sounding monster giggling during the whole reading. Leave the monster out and it would probably be fine. I still suspect it might rile kids up, though.
A little while ago, I wrote about an audiobook called A Short Account of the History of Mathematics. It was recorded to help people sleep and it works.
Lately, my insomnia has been awful. I will sleep for a couple of hours and then I’ll be awake for a couple of hours, wide awake. I have been referring to these nights as history of math nights. After I get fed up with being awake, I’ll turn the audiobook on and I’ll generally be asleep within 15 minutes.
I have to give kudos to whoever thought of recording this. It works wonders when I need it. There’s another one that works for me, too, The Perfect Swing. It just doesn’t have the same ring to it as history of math night.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I found this gem as a freebie on Audible. It was part of the set to help you relax and sleep. It certainly helped me sleep. I lasted maybe 5 minutes. I was out cold. It worked for its intended purpose. I could tell by the title that it would be a snoozer.
I feel strange giving this 5 stars when it was boring and sleep worthy. It was worth listening to for sleep purposes, which is how it is marketed on Audible. It worked great!
The above link shows a YouTube video talking about audiobooks vs paper books. It’s an ongoing debate, but it seems that audiobooks are becoming less and less an issue. This video explains a lot of the debate and one man’s theory.
The above linked article tells about a link between dementia and hearing loss. It also covers hearing loss and learning.
One of the studies followed people with hearing loss and more than 50% of them eventually had dementia. Was there another study following that age group to see how it compared to those who didn’t have hearing loss? If so, I missed that info.
It gets to the point where it seems that hearing is important for learning, too. It made me wonder about deaf children who lip-read or learn ASL. Do they learn more slowly? Is their IQ any lower than hearing children? I suspect not, but is it just a different way of learning? I’d like to see a study on that.
Also, it brings up the debate of audiobooks vs paper books. Are those who are listening to their books learning less than if they read it on paper or more? What about dyslexic people who learn by listening more than by reading?
These last two questions are all from my head. No scientific theory behind them. Just my ramblings, but I am curious.
Who better to narrate Harry Potter than Harry Potter himself? In the above linked article, Daniel Radcliffe starts to read the series of books. I hope he finishes them all. It should be a great listen!
New York Public Library has an audiobook and ebook service called SimplyE. It’s free to use and you don’t need a library card. With the libraries closed, this is a great way to get books until they open again. I found the app on the Play Store.
This is supposed to be for meditation and relaxation, but it doesn’t work that way. There’s a man’s voice that is very jarring, not relaxing at all, that suddenly interrupts the relaxing sounds of the crystal bowls. He throws out instructions to breathe with the high bowl and the low bowl sounds. The pitch that’s chosen for the high and low bowl sounds is almost like an alarm clock. I dozed a bit while listening, but every time the high bowl sound came on, it woke me. Every time the man spoke, it woke me. This definitely isn’t the relaxation recording for me.
This was another freebie I got in the effort to find mediation and relaxation books. I was a little nervous about the possibility that the water sounds might activate my bladder, but they didn’t. It did make me sleep, though.
I spent a little time wondering why I didn’t hear any seagulls. I will need to look up if deals are only on the west coast or why there weren’t any during the recording. Something to do later, I guess