What’s my secret? Audiobooks! We are an audiobook loving family, and you can get them free from your local library. Actually, they might be free for most people, but we live out of our library’s district and do pay $198 per year for our membership. But we get tons of use out of our library – audiobooks, magazines, books, movies, music, etc.
I’ve been listening to audiobooks for several years. And I really enjoy them. If you haven’t given them a shot, you really should. I introduced my hubby to them a few years back and he goes through probably about 2 books a week now.
I don’t go through as many books as my hubby because I also like to listen to podcasts. My favorites being Scavenger Life and the Dave Ramsey audio archives (which are daily and 2 hours long). If it weren’t for Dave, I’d probably go through a lot more audio books, but personal finance (becoming debt free and being smart with money) is something that I’m very passionate about so I listen to his show almost every day, and if I don’t I eventually catch up on all of them.
Here is my list of the books that I’ve read in 2014. I keep a Pinterest board so that I can keep track of which books and how many I read. I started doing this in 2013 (in which I read 23 books). My goal is to top 50 books this year.
There are a few different ways to acquire audiobooks from the library.
1. My first and most preferable way is to download them directly from the internet. The image above shows the link on my library’s site to the audiobooks. I download them and then transfer them to either my iPod of hubby’s mp3 player.
2. The 2nd way is to request a Playaway. Sometimes the online catalog may not have what I’m looking for, but either my library or another local library may carry a Playaway.
A playaway is just an already preloaded mp3 player that comes with an audiobook of your choice. What I really like about the Playaways is that I can increase the speed of the book. It took me just a little bit to get used to the fast speech, but you get so used to it, you barely notice..but you can finish your audiobook in half the time. It’s awesome!
3. The last way I listen to audiobooks is by requesting the book on Audio CD. It’s my least favorite as it takes time to burn the CDs and then transfer them to my iPod, but if they are not available online or on a playaway, but only on the CD, I will still get it.
I still read regular books too. But if I’m driving somewhere far, or doing chores or mindless computer work, you can be sure that I’m listening to an audiobook.
If you don’t think you’d enjoy audiobooks, I challenge you to try. It took me a while to convince my hubby to give them a try…but now it seems he can’t live without them. LOL
Are you an audiobook listener? Do tell?
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