#359–In praise of audiobooks . . .

I love to read books, books with pages you turn. But I’ve had such a busy life, that when I do sit down to read, I nod off. It seems like It’s always in the evening, and I’m often tired or sleepy. So, to satisfy my craving to read, I turn to audiobooks.

Michael Connelly is one of my favorite authors, and I have this on CDs.

At first, it was cassettes that I checked out from the library and used in my car when taking long trips. Then when CDs became the way to go, I had my car’s cassette player replaced with a CD player. And I have amassed a small collection of audiobooks on CDs. But the way I listen now is most often through my iPhone.

For a few years, I only listened to audiobooks on long trips. But it dawned on me one day, that I could listen to them at other times too. So, outside during yard work or inside doing those pesky occasional chores like cleaning the refrigerator or washing windows, I now listen to audiobooks. I even look forward to doing these chores because it gives me an excuse to listen  to an audiobook. Sometimes, I’ll put one in when I’m cleaning house. I just love having somebody read to me.

I will try for this bestseller through Audible next month.

I subscribed to Audible, after my sister and nephew signed me up for a free month as a Christmas present. I pay a monthly subscription fee and get one credit for a book of my choice, which includes one of the bestsellers. Of course, there’s the option to buy more, and sometimes they have special deals. So far, I’ve just stuck to the one a month.

Then I also got the audiobooks.com app. With Audiobooks.com app, I can pay for books or go to the free section. So far, I’ve only downloaded from the free section. They are not the bestsellers, but there are many choices in many genre. And I’ve heard some very good stories. One of my favorites lately was The Case of Jennie Brice by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

Both of these audiobook companies have the Classics as well. Endless possibilities!

So, after I’ve “read” or I should say listened to my one bestseller book from Audible, I go to the freebies on Audiobooks.com for the rest of the month. All the books I’ve downloaded from both Audible and Audiobooks.com are now part of my library for each one, and I can listen to them again whenever I want.

So, what do I listen to? Mostly, mysteries and thrillers by authors like John Grisham and Michael Connelly. But sometimes I go for actual history as well as historical fiction or the memoir or biography of someone I know about. I just love a great story––no matter what genre. One of my all-time favorites is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society that my sister, a retired librarian, sent me.How could I resist that title?

Audiobooks.com has 130.000 titles in every genre. And Audible probably has a similar amount. So, I’m set for life!!!

This is one of my all-time favorite audiobooks.

Update on last week: My eyes are better; I have an appointment next week with my eye doctor. The door is still down. I’ve given up on the fellow I was tying to connect with and now have an appointment with a local garage door company. And my decks, posts and railings, and steps are all stained as of this past Tuesday. And tomorrow, the guys will return and put the heavy planters and redwood chairs back on the decks. I’m so pleased that the decks got done before winter sets in! Life is good!

All stained and ready for winter and replaced segments where needed and restained those too.
Balcony, lower deck, and both sets of steps restained also. I’m so pleased.

About crossingsauthor

Judy Fleagle spent 22 years teaching 1st and 2nd grades and 21 years as editor/staff writer with Oregon Coast and Northwest Travel magazines.Since 2009, she has written five books: "Crossings: McCullough's Coastal Bridges," "The Crossings Guide to Oregon's Coastal Spans," "Around Florence," "Devil Cat and Other Colorful Animals I Have Known," and "The Oregon Coast Guide to the UNEXPECTED!!!."
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2 Responses to #359–In praise of audiobooks . . .

  1. Evelyne Carson says:

    This post is, as always, well written. Everything resonates with me except for the fact that I wasn’t able to get everything ready for winter yet…

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