Over last few months I’ve spent much more time in bed than I would’ve liked. On-going issues with pain, nausea and fatigue mean I need to rest a lot.
Listening to audio books is something I’ve been doing a lot recently. I often lack the energy for writing, working, reading or watching films, and I also struggle to sleep thanks to the combo of pain and tics. So listening to stories instead has really helped me.
But finding the right one can be trickier than you’d think: too tense and I won’t be able to sleep, too boring and I won’t want to listen. For the last month I’ve been working my way through 71 hours of perfection – Stephen Fry reading the complete adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and I’ve loved every minute!
As a mystery fan, this collection has fitted the bill perfectly. But sadly I’m on the final part now, with only a few hours left in the company of the great detective.
It’s great re-discovering the joys of being read to. As a child I struggled to read – story tapes fed my imagination and were a big part of my bedtime routine.
My taste in narrative has matured slightly since the days of Morris and Doris – a radio show hosted by hamsters – but the pleasure of settling down, listening in and drifting off remains unchanged.
As the end of Sherlock era looms I’m on the look-out for what to listen to next, so recommendations for new bedtime companions will be gratefully received from everyone – Lamp-posts excepted!