Audio Books

AUDIO BOOKS ARE NOT JUST FOR OLD PEOPLE, CHILDREN WHO CAN’T READ, AND CAR TRIPS.

I frigging love audio books (I would have used the real F word, but my mom reads this.  Hi mom!).  In my opinion, a good audio book is by far superior to a print book.  I know, I know, this is heresy.  But hear me out!

  1. Actors.  Good audio books are read by really great voice actors.  Like, totally amazing actors.  Jim Dale got Grammies for his work narrating the Harry Potter books.  For Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, he performed a record 146 different character voices.  How cool is that?
  2. You can listen to audio books while you’re doing other things (like knitting?).  Listening to an audio book frees your hands and eyes to do something else.  Housework and gardening goes faster when you have a story to focus on.
  3. You can listen to audio books wherever you want.  Download them to your Mp3 player/iPod/smart phone etc, and go.  Doing errands? No problem.  On the commute to work?  OK.  At home on the couch eating ice cream out of the carton?  I’m not going to judge.  Much.

So, I’m not saying that you should stop reading real books.  As a former employee of a public library, I think I would be shot if I said that.  But, think about trying an audio book or two.  You might like it.

So, where do you find audio books?

-Your library.  They probably have audio books on tape or CD that you can check out.  But unless you have a yellow Walkman that you want to rock, you might want to go for the next option.

-Your online library.  Many libraries now have mp3s available for download through their website through a service called Overdrive.  You’ll need to go to your library to sign up for a pin number, but after that you can download audio books to your heart’s content.

Librivox.  Free public domain audio books.  Mr. Darcy? Yes please.  These are read by volunteers, so some of the quality is questionable, but there are some good ones.  And it’s free and legal, so yay!

Audible.  Not free, but legal audio books.  Great selection.  I’ve never actually used Audible because my library has a pretty good catalog, but I know people that swear by it.

-iTunes.  Not free either, but if you’re into the whole Apple thing, this might be the way to go.  I am not into Apple, so I do not do iTunes.  I tried it once when I had a gift card.  It made me mad.  Things were thrown.

Pirate Bay/other torrenting websites.  Not technically legal.  I would *never* tell you to download your favorite books from this website.  I would *never* say to use uTorrent as bit torrent client to download these books.  Pirate Bay… not even once.

Anyway, however you get it, try giving an audio book a listen.  Start with something fun and light (War and Peace might be a little much at first).  You might be surprised.

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