Audiobooks from Audible

Guys, I love audiobooks.

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That’s quite a bold shout, but I have to say that they are honestly my new obsession! I religiously read A Thrifty Mrs and a few months ago she was promoting an offer from Audible. What is Audible? Well it’s a subsidiary of Amazon which is dedicated the audiobook market. It’s a little bit different as it provides a subscription service. The deal I got through Mrs Thrifty meant that I could download one audiobook for free if I signed up. Now I did a naughty and slightly rude thing; once I downloaded my free audiobook I cancelled my subscription! I’m sure a lot of people do this but I always feel bad about it. Money was tight, however and it was either Audible or Netflix. Netflix won.

I chose The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K ROWLING) as my first book and initially I hated the whole experience. I sat in my bedroom listening and trying to pay attention but I kept getting distracted and felt like I should be doing something with my hands. Then I had a brainwave… why don’t I listen to it in the car on my commute to work! This worked a treat and I truly got excited getting into my car every morning to go to work, just so that I could listen to the next chapter of the book! My commute is about 40 minutes each way so I powered through the book in no time!

I highly recommend The Cuckoo’s Calling by the way. It is a truly excellent book whether you buy a hard copy, download the kindle edition or fancy trying out the audiobook.

As I cancelled my subscription, once the book was done I had to go back to the radio. Nick Grimshaw is a pain in the bum and soooo not my cup of tea! I really missed my audiobook in the car so I decided to bite the bullet and pay £7.99 for another one! The excellent thing about this service is that you can stop and start it as often as you like! I have just downloaded A Storm of Swords (Part 1) by George R.R Martin and I’m hooked! I read A Clash of Kings whilst on holiday and it took FOREVER to finish but now that I have a set time every day in my car, I’ve already finished the first 4 hours and well into the next part.

I think the thing I love most about Audible is how it allows me to multi-task. For someone who always has multiple things on the go at any one time, driving is a very limited and boring task for me. Having the ability to listen to a wonderful story at the same time is simply amazing.

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2 thoughts on “Audiobooks from Audible

  1. I have been an audiophile for many years. I like the ability to multitask as well. I read while I cook, clean, do dishes and laundry, sew (I am a quilter), and walk the dog. I am also a middle school teacher. I have several mp3 players with a large variety of audiobooks available for students to check out to listen to books. This has been an amazing resource. Some kids would never attempt a long book, but have no problem choosing one on audio. It takes off the pressure. Plus, they can listen to a book that might be above their actual reading level. I have them determine a time limit or chapter goal each day. I encourage students to read along with the text until they feel like they can listen without it. At their age, most are unable to do anything other than listen, and I discourage them from attempting to multitask. They like the technology of it too – using an mp3 and headphones to block out all distractions. A few weeks ago, they asked me how many books I’ve read over the past year. I looked at my audio library, and it totalled 92…and counting!

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