if you can't focus on reading

I have a hard time reading longer things.

I have had great success with getting books on tape/cd. Also listening to radio shows online, when my eyes need a break from movies. I also listen to regular radio shows on the PBS station....

Here are some favorites:


The Cat Who.... series, Liilian Jackson Braun
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith
Scotland Street Series, A.M-S.
Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth mysteries, MC Beaton

- they all allow a bit of a chuckle here and there -

you have to pay a little money, but you can listen forever!!! radio shows vary in sound quality, because some go back many decades!


you can also get a program called textaloud! which turns any text on the computer (which can be copied or pasted) to speech.

just download the program utorrent ( which is free)
search textaloud! on www.thepiratebay.org and click on the one with the most "seeders". Once you get to that webpage just click "download this torrent". the program will do the rest for you automatically
what's great about the authors mentioned, is that the narrators' voices "verbal acting" is really great....
Hi Nico. Happy to see that you, like me, are a mystery fan! A lot of the ones I read are perhaps a bit "grittier" than those you listed, though... Thought I'd mention an author I enjoy, who's not all about the action and graphic stuff: Deborah Crombie. She's from texas, I think, but writes about a Scotland Yard detective and his partner and their kids. I find that she writes with a lot of heart and feeling. The first one I read was "All Shall Be Well"-- I really like her style.

And since you like them with humor-- have you tried Janet Evanovich? Very funny, but also suspenseful.

Happy reading!
Also-- I LOVED "Bean Trees"-- wonderful!
Thanks Emmanuelle.... I hope to remember to re-read your posting so that I can explore some new authors. Bean Trees was so well written/crafted. Did you find time to continue with the follow-up: Pigs in Heaven.... Taylor and Turtle's story continues :)

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