It’s time for another edition of What We’re Reading Wednesday with the feisty Jessica @ Housewifespice.
I still haven’t finished those meaty books I mentioned last week, but I did want to pop in and share a fantastic book that the girls and I listened to on Audible.
Twenty and Ten is the story of a small mountain school in France during the Nazi occupation. The students from city schools have been split up and moved to more remote locations, and this one is attended by 20 students and directed by Sister Gabriel, a loving and courageous nun. The story begins with the children of the school playing Flight into Egypt. Their game is interrupted by a visitor, who asks the children if they would be willing to hide 10 Jewish children in their school. The children gladly accept them, but soon realize that it isn’t as easy as they had thought. There’s less food to eat for everyone, less space, and significantly more danger. The school is raided by the Nazis while Sister Gabriel is down in the village getting the mail. The children must be quick, clever, and brave. The alternative is certain death for the Jewish children.
We read this for our Little Flowers book club, as it exemplifies the virtue of silence (Hello? Hiding from the Nazis, anyone?). While this book is probably a great read-aloud, we thoroughly enjoyed it as an audio book. I mean, I can do accents, but French and German accents? And Germans speaking French? That’s just taking it a bit too far for my talents. The suspense of the book is well conveyed by the narrator, and we found ourselves at the edge of our seats, waiting to see what would happen next. At an hour and a half, we finished this book in one session.
I had to do a cursory explanation of Hitler and the Nazis, as my kids have only covered ancient history so far, but otherwise the book is pretty self-explanatory. I thought there was a good balance of danger and excitement without being gruesome or too mature.
The Audible version of Twenty and Ten is just $6, or 1 Audible credit. Or, if you don’t already have an Audible account, you can get this book plus another for free if you sign up for a free trial. And you get to keep the books even if you cancel! Now, to figure out which other book I want during my free trial… Suggestions?
Now: Let’s talk about audio books. Where do you get yours? I like Amazon WhisperSync, but you have to buy the Kindle book to get the lower price. Librivox is free, but the quality of narration varies, and it’s limited to books that are in the public domain. I don’t know that I want to shell out the dough for Audible monthly fees. We often get books on CD from the library, which is great for the car, but I’d like to have something that goes from car to house and back again.
Which brings me to my next point: I’m considering getting an iPod for school for next year. I don’t want any apps, just school content. I’m thinking I’ll be able to make playlists for the kids’ audio lessons, we’ll have books on tape, etc. Do you think I’ll want a Kindle too? Or instead of? I guess I don’t know what a Kindle can do. Audio? Right now I have the Kindle app on my iPad, but I don’t want to hand the kids the iPad during school time. It’s way too distracting to them. So, readers, how do you get your audio books?
Okay, that’s enough questions from me. I’d love to hear what you think!
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