Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Joy of Audio

There is nothing more that I love than curling up on my couch or outside in the shade with a great book in my hands. I could spend hours each day reading and would happily do so if I didn't have two small children to feed, play with and give my love and attention to.

Until a few months ago, I had no idea that my library offered books on audio. Nor did I know that New Hampshire has a whole site, New Hampshire Downloadable Books, dedicated to these audiobooks. At any one time I can have up to three books checked out and they expire two weeks later.

When I first tried this out, I wasn't sure what to think of it. I went with Twilight on audio because I already knew I loved the book and wouldn't stop listening to it just because of the voice. Now, I can't get enough.

I always make sure I have a book on my iPod (some of them allow you to download them to your iPod until they expire) when I am heading out to run errands. I can listen to an entire book within a week and I love the feel of reading even when my life gets so crazy that I don't have time to pick up one of the many books on my shelf.

Not every book is on my site but there is a good enough variety that it's keeping me happy. I listen when I'm driving. I listen when I'm cleaning. I listen when I'm doing yardwork. It's the perfect solution for me to keep my head in a book without neglecting my duties around the house or my children.

If you are interested in listening to audiobooks from your state, check with your local library. They should be able to tell you where to go. Not all states have it unfortunately but I'm hoping yours does.

And one thing I would like to impress upon you - please be honest. If you are listening to audiobooks from the library, please do the right thing and delete them from your iPod or computer when your time is up. Authors work very hard on their books so please give them the respect they deserve.

FYI: At the moment I am listening to The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. I will be posting my review soon.


  1. I love listening to audio books at work!! It's amazing what technology has done.

    Looking forward to reading your review!!

  2. I wasn't sure I like audio- but it has become one of my favorite ways to "read" a book. I am a mother of 4 so I am always on the go.

    Audible.com is a great site to purchase audible books at a GREAT price. If you get a chance listen to THE HOST- amazing audio book.



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