Listening to Our Stories

Audio Dramas > Audiobooks

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I love listening to stories. Audiobooks, when done well, can be a great way to enjoy books when you don’t have time to pick one up and read it — like behind the wheel of your car. Some books, like Stephen King’s The Gunslinger I had to listen to because I couldn't get through them in book form.

Audio dramas are like audiobooks on X.

Earlier today, someone tweeted this Spotify Playlist — an audio drama rendition of Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, starring Sir Derek Jacobi and Haley Atwell.

I had a big grin on my face from minute 1 — the superb voice acting transports you to Mars and Pluto and back again before you even get into the heart of the story. The Martian Chronicles has always been a favorite of mine, so hearing it done so beautifully warms my heart.

Spotify is full of these audio dramas, from modern stories to classic tales like the ones presented by X Minus One. There I found a couple of my favorite stories…

There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury — the story of a smart house that still continues to serve it’s family. (No spoilers, promise!)

The Cold Equation by Tom Godwin — the tale of a stowaway on an emergency shuttle that doesn’t have enough fuel to get them safely home.

Each story is around 25 minutes long — less than the length of time that you’d spend watching an episode of your favorite show on Netflix.

Listening to these stories, even though their subject matter is fairly dark, brings a smile to my face. They’re stories that my mom read to me as a kid and while she didn’t have all the sound effects or the cast of characters that an audio drama has, it’s delightful to have a story read to me, even as an adult.

If you have a chance, skip the Netflix binging and spend 70 minutes on Mars tonight — you’ll thank me later.

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