An old college friend recently moved to the United Kingdom and recounted on his blog a story about listening to his iPod while riding on one of those iconic red double-decker buses. On the iPod was a podcast of a story about a survivor of the 2005 London bombings. My friend felt a powerful connection, listening to this story while “floating through the city” in which the events had taken place. What an experience!
While my friend’s tale may have been serendipitous, here’s an idea for manufacturing your own total experience. Next time you travel, consider taking along a downloadable e-audiobook related to the place you are visiting.
Perhaps you’ve already experienced the breathless pursuit of the Priory of Sion in Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code (view book/audiobook/e-audiobook/movie). You might experience it anew during your next trip to Paris. Or maybe you laughed along with Miles and Jack on their wine country adventure in Rex Pickett’s Sideways (view e-audiobook/movie/screenplay). Why not bring them along when you go exploring Santa Ynez Valley?
The Sunnyvale Library has lots of other outstanding audio titles available for download to your computer or digital device. You can find more information about listening to e-audiobooks on our eBooks page by clicking to “Califa Digital Books”.
Like my friend, you might also enjoy finding podcasts that match your interests. You can start by checking out the Library’s growing podcast site, www.librarypodcasts.org. Oh, and contrary to popular belief, you do not need to own an iPod or any other MP3 player to download audiobooks or listen to our podcasts.
Have you had a total audio experience like my friend? A great book/trip combination to share? Tell us!
[photo thanks to didbygraham]