The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction Audiobook, by Meghan Cox Gurdon Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Meghan Cox Gurdon Narrator: Meghan Cox Gurdon Publisher: HarperAudio Audio Length: Release Date: January 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780062891334

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A Wall Street Journal writer’s conversation-changing look at how reading aloud makes adults and children smarter, happier, healthier, more successful and more closely attached, even as technology pulls in the other direction.

A miraculous alchemy occurs when one person reads to another, transforming the simple stuff of a book, a voice, and a bit of time into complex and powerful fuel for the heart, brain, and imagination. Grounded in the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, and drawing widely from literature, The Enchanted Hour explains the dazzling cognitive and social-emotional benefits that await children, whatever their class, nationality or family background. But it’s not just about bedtime stories for little kids: Reading aloud consoles, uplifts and invigorates at every age, deepening the intellectual lives and emotional well-being of teenagers and adults, too.

Meghan Cox Gurdon argues that this ancient practice is a fast-working antidote to the fractured attention spans, atomized families and unfulfilling ephemera of the tech era, helping to replenish what our devices are leaching away. For everyone, reading aloud engages the mind in complex narratives; for children, it’s an irreplaceable gift that builds vocabulary, fosters imagination, and kindles a lifelong appreciation of language, stories and pictures.

Bringing together the latest scientific research, practical tips, and reading recommendations, The Enchanted Hour will both charm and galvanize, inspiring readers to share this invaluable, life-altering tradition with the people they love most.

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  • “We all need to heed this delightful book’s wise advice: Please read to your kids.”

    - James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “This book shines a light on the incredible power of reading aloud for everyone—not just children…A joyous book that’ll have you scrambling to the library.”

    - Yours magazine (UK)
  • “Promotes an age-old tradition that originated with oral storytelling…This inspirational work proclaims its joys and rewards.”

    - Library Journal (starred review)
  • “An earnest entreaty for everyone to start reading aloud.”

    - Booklist
  • “An inspiring argument for sharing the joys of reading.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “This wonderful audiobook is a fully enjoyable listen. Meghan Cox Gurdon…sprinkles her delivery with appropriate accents and enthusiasm. Furthermore, her pacing is excellent, and her ability to maintain listener attention is impressive. Half the fun of listening is recalling the children’s books from our own pasts and recollecting the joy of reading to little ones. Add in Gurdon’s research on the benefits of reading aloud, along with a dollop of screen weariness, and you have an important and engaging audiobook.”

    - AudioFile

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