It all started some time ago when Juniper Junior wasn’t well, and nighttimes became an experience where I was reacquainted with the early hours. One virus seemed to follow another, and most nights I was either trailing through to Juniper Junior’s room to help him settle down again, or having to bring him into our bed so I could keep a closer eye on him. There were then the nights of, shall we say, having to do some “clearing up,” too.
At the very least, I was able to keep my space in bed, having told Juniper Puss that there was no chance of him succeeding in an invasion. This did lead, however, to being woken in the night by Juniper Puss and Juniper Junior disagreeing over how much space they both needed. The result was that, albeit grudgingly, Juniper Puss accepted that Juniper Junior needed more space than he did, and he slunk off to the bottom of the bed.
Anyway, this did all lead to going to bed with David Tennant. I was tired. My sleep was constantly getting disrupted. I needed some loveliness to help get me through. And so, I took David Tennant to bed with me. Admittedly he was tucked up in my iPod. But the relief was wonderful. A soothing voice to distract from the sleeping-arrangement-politics and constant wakings? It was wonderful. And so, I rediscovered audio books.
The cost can be a little difficult to stomach, though. Where as it’s easy to get a paperback from Amazon for, say, £5, it can be a little hard seeing the same book in audio format going for £15 – £20 on Audible. Realising how much good the audio books were doing, though? I took the plunge and subscribed to Audible.co.uk and was able to enjoy prices and sales that I otherwise couldn’t. And frankly, I’d discovered that I could put a price on a better night’s sleep. One that I could afford, too.
There were some interesting discoveries I made as I bought audio books. Among these was the realisation that a seemingly tame book can be a little off-putting to listen to in the middle of the night. One example of this was Terry Pratchett’s I Shall Wear Midnight, read by Stephen Briggs (UK) (US). For a start, it has to be said: Stephen Briggs can portray a sixteen-year-old witch astoundingly well. But I digress. The book is one I love, but after a few nights, I found myself getting more than a little creeped out by listening, after another waking, to the dealings of the villain involved.
That discovery led to a rule of sorts that I developed with regards to audio books: I’d only buy an audio book if I’d read the book itself first. This meant I could flip through my iPod to any audio book and there’d be no waking up in the middle of the night to something unfamiliar, and potentially unpleasant.
It has to be said, though, that my experiences with David Tennant at night have been nothing short of lovely. The audio book was one I’d originally bought for Juniper Junior: How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (UK) (US). I’ll admit, the book isn’t particularly challenging, but it is wonderful to listen to, and when he’s not disrupting my sleep, Juniper Junior enjoys it, too.
Amongst the more grown-up audio books in my library are Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada (UK) (US) and a debate of Zombies vs. Unicorns (UK) (US) which features a singing Libba Bray. Having, shall we say, a wide variety of audio books also means that whatever the mood or the need, there’s something to satisfy. There’s nothing quite like listening to author Maureen Johnson fight for the zombie cause, whilst clearing up after a sick child who has finally fallen asleep with the cat at his feet.