Things I Love Thursday: Audiobooks!
I love listening to audiobooks!
I really enjoy reading, but I don’t really have time to read much right now. I read some magazines and I read things online, but one of my favorite things to do is to get lost in a good book. The only problem with this is that when I actually do let myself read a good book, I get so wrapped up in it that I have trouble doing much else other than reading. I think it might be genetic, because my dad does the same thing. I’ll read all day until the book is done and nothing else will get done other than anything that is pressing. After being married to me for almost eight years now, my husband knows that if he just leaves me alone and lets me finish the book, it’ll be over much sooner. However, for the sake of my family, I only let myself get novels if I am on vacation.
Within the past couple of months I have discovered the joys of audiobooks and now I can “read” to my heart’s content because my hands and eyes are free to keep working. My house is the cleanest when I am listening to a good book. :) I also don’t get nearly as caught up in the “reading” process and can put the story away when I need to much easier. (Not sure why that is….)
Where to get audiobooks inexpensively
I discovered that if you sign up through this link on Amazon, you can get two free audiobooks when you sign up for an Audible trial period. You can cancel the trial after you have downloaded your books. If you enjoy it, its $14.95 per month for one audiobook per month. However, that’s too rich for my blood right now, so I just did the two free books and then canceled my trial.
Your local library might also offer audiobooks. I just discovered this and have already listened to one and downloaded another one today. Its free and you can download them to your listening device right from home. I love it!!
There is a nice summary of each book if you click the links. I’ll just add my thoughts below.
A Prayer for Owen Meany — I really love this book and the gentleman that reads it is fantastic. I was laughing out loud at times.
The Help — There are four different narrators for this one and they are superb. I like the different viewpoints from the three main characters. It was an enjoyable listen.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption — This is the true story of WWII veteran Louis Zamperini. The things this man has accomplished and endured in his lifetime are astounding. This is a very inspirational story. It even inspired me to call my grandma and find out more about my grandpa, who was also a WWII fighter pilot.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks — I just finished this book last night. It was fascinating and really makes you think.
One More Thing
I also like listening to NPR’s This American Life podcast. This is absolutely my favorite radio show and I’ve been listening to it every week for a long time now. Its only an hour long and the podcast is free the week the show airs. Make sure you check out their archives and favorites too. You can’t download the shows in the archives for free, but you can stream them for free.
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