On learning my mom was losing her eyesight, made arrangements for her to receive free audiobooks from Carnegie Library since — after cooking — reading was for her the best occupation.
Soon came up with the idea to read an audiobook or two for her so that should the occasion arise, it might be good for her to hear my voice in that reading-for-you way.
As it happens, she became accustomed to the proprietary device given to play the proprietary “cassettes” back and I didn’t want to burden her with learning a new machine even as simple as an iPod, and so my hours of reading were — at least for her — in vain.
A decade later, seems these two books only gather digital dust and that seems ridiculous. Each may be had for $9.99; they are read with incredible love.
Here is “Washington Square” by Henry James.
And here, “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” by D. H. Lawrence.
The files are in .mp3 format, arrive zipped, and like anything hand made, there are imperfections.