In Bed With Stephen & Sherlock

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!

One Response to In Bed With Stephen & Sherlock

  1. louiseongumtree says:

    Sorry to hear you’ve been struggling Jess. Glad you’ve found talking books though. I love them and soak in much more than if I try to read. If you like Harry Potter, then Stephen Fry reads them as well and he does a masterful job of all the characters’ voices. It’s quite delightful. I too pick stories that are mellow otherwise I end up getting too wound up somy list is very tame, but enjoyable. Harry Potter, read by Fry; James Herriot is a nice trip through another time and is read by Christopher Timothy. I’ve had a few Rumpole of the Bailey and they are a good tale without being too full on as well. I like the series As Time Goes By on TV and there is an audio only, adapted as a radio show of 4 series with all the actors doing voice. I got those via iTunes. Also got BBC series The Good Life on audio too which I love when I’m curled up in bed. Okay, nothing fancy there, just good old stories that make me feel cuddled and help me stay sane. Hope you find something that works for you. xxx

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