Listen Freely

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, October 1, 2020


If you have a lot of experience listening to books, as well as reading them with your eyes, you certainly have noticed that some words, terms, and speech patterns evoke different feelings when you hear them than they might when you see them written. In both ways of reading, words and verbal expression are powerful. Yet they carry different shadings of power for the person reading, too.


During this Banned Books Week, challenge yourself to listen to a book you've already read with your eyes and consider how hearing the same narrative alters how you feel--and maybe how you think--about what the author had to communicate. Get outside the voice in your head to consider other voices that may be more accurately attuned to the author's own expressive capacity and concerns.

Maybe start with any of the Top 10 Challenged titles on this year's Banned Books Week list. Or pick up a well-reviewed audiobook AudioFile Magazine is featuring on Twitter during #HispanicHeritageMonth. Or browse the latest copy of AudioFile Magazine for a suggestion. The October/November 2020 issue is online now.

Category : Literacy

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