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Thursday 19th April 2012

Will audiobooks stop my kids fighting on the trip to Cornwall?


Following my recent column about the horrors of travelling with my four children, I got a sweet letter from a 17-year-old called Tara Vivian-Neal recommending the wheeze that her parents came up with to keep her and her brother quiet on long car journeys: audiobooks.

“Black Ships Before Troy, The Iliad and Tales of William Shakespeare have forever been drummed into my head,” she wrote. “When a story as captivating as King Lear or Macbeth is read aloud you totally immerse yourself and bickering and fighting is forgotten.”

Now, I’m not so naïve as to think that my children’s attention could be captured by Tales of William Shakespeare. Gnomeo and Juliet is about their level – and even that was considered a bit highbrow by seven-year-old Ludo who still struggles with SpongeBob SquarePants. But before our trip to Cornwall over the Easter break I decided to give it a whirl and made a few purchases. (To read more, click here.)

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