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October/November 2020

Discover the World of Audiobooks

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"I can't remember a time when I didn't listen," flower farmer and floral design- er Stacy Brenner tells us. That used to mean getting tapes and then CDs from the library; now she mostly listens via her library's digital collection. "I listen when I'm making bouquets and when I'm on the road delivering. I spend a lot of time in the van. I listen anytime I'm doing an 'alone' job. When I need to get out of the news cycle, I listen to an audiobook instead." She's a fan of memoirs read by the authors—recent favorites include Phuc Tran's Sigh, Gone and Chanel Miller's Know My Name. Stacy is also running for state senate this year for the first time. "Books like White Trash, Dark Money, and Stamped From the Beginning remind you that it's people voting on policy, and good policy being put forward, that make a difference." Stacy admits that she often listens to audiobooks on 1.25 speed. "Sometimes it's because the narrator is a slow talker, but really it's because I just want to be able to listen to more!"—Jennifer M. Dowell Photo by Kevin Brusie 72 n AudioFile/www.audiofilemagazine.com Listening With . . . "I can't remember a time when I didn't listen." Stacy Brenner Broadturn Farm Scarborough, Maine

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