Thursday, April 2, 2015

Trying to Use Time To My Own Benefit

I've mentioned before how I have about an hour's drive in the car every day. Thirty minutes to work, and thirty minutes home. Sometimes longer depending on traffic, and traffic has been insane lately. I'm blaming the suddenly nice weather. People are getting really confident in their driving.

Scary, right?

Anyway, you might recall at the start of the year I wanted to read 26 books this year. That's nothing for people like my mom and my sister, who devour books with abandon. I tend to read blogs, magazine articles, and a lot of nonfiction, with some classic literature thrown in for good measure. My dad's kind of the same way.

Enter Audible

Sometime back in January, Chelsey talked about how she's taken to listening to books in her car on her way to and from work, or whenever she's running errands in town, via Audible. 

I tried to do this in college with Books on CD from my local library, but what I discovered was that unless I was driving long distances, I really didn't pay much attention to the books I'd taken out. It was great when I was driving home from school during college, but driving to work when I lived ten minutes away just wasn't feasible for me. 

Since Audible offers two free books to start, and a month free, I decided to give it a whirl. 

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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The first book I got was The Time Traveler's Wife, which was a book I'd been wanting to read for a long time. I'd seen the movie, starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, and was less than impressed by it. That was the general consensus of the movie. After listening to the book, I honestly think they need to remake the movie, but do it as a miniseries. 

Anyway, the book, itself, had two different narrators, a man and a woman, Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole, as the book is split into his story and hers, where they're both going along their own chronology, and always seem to meet in the middle. Having the two different narrators helped keep the story lines clear. At first, I didn't get it, but it made a lot of sense as the story went on. 

The story, itself, was actually really good. On the one hand, you know what's going to come, because it's already happened to one character, but you don't know how it came to be, which kept everything mysterious. The story chronicles the romance between Henry DeTamble and Clare Abshire. Clare met Henry was she was 6, and he 36, but Henry met Clare when he was 31, and she was 23. As the title suggests, he's a Time Traveler, which means he disappears at the most inopportune times, and ends up naked and disoriented at places that have special meaning to him. Since Clare had met him when she was six, after he'd met her older self, he kept gravitating back to her. 

Back to Audible


It's definitely a story of star-crossed lovers trying to keep a shred of normalcy in their lives. I really liked it, and I really liked that it made my commute seem like less of a chore in the car. I just downloaded the Audible app to my phone, and was able to play the book directly. I also downloaded the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, and while also a good book, it's got some aspects which I don't like, which I'll get into more once I finish it. 

Once your Free Trial is up, you get to keep your two books that you downloaded during the trial, but then they charge you $14.95 per month, which also includes a credit for a book. This is a great deal, if you ask me. Most of the books are more expensive than that, but since I don't listen to more than one a month, it works out for me.

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Because it's so convenient, I've also taken to listening to them at the gym, when I'm on a treadmill, lifting weights, on the massage table, or even in Red Light Therapy. If you've got your phone and headphones, you can listen to a book, and it helps for me if I'm not trying to do something else. 

After looking through the App last week, I realized that it's got a sleep timer, so you can set it before bed, listen to your story, and potentially fall asleep without losing your place (which, admittedly, I did, and had to rewind to the previous chapter, but it could've been a lot worse!). 

After I finish Orphan Train, I plan to start the Game of Thrones series. Lord, help me.

I'm definitely a fan, and if you're interested, you can get a free trial to test it out, too! It's actually fantastic, and I can't believe I wasted so much time hemming and hawing over whether or not I'd actually use it. I might actually hit my goal of 26 books this year!

Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks. I can't overstate what a good deal this is. I honestly can't. I'm a big fan, and hope you will be, too.
  • Have you tried Audible? What do you think?
  • Got any recommendations for me?

10 comments:

  1. I used Audible last year, it is great! I heard 'labor day' so I could then watch the movie!

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    1. Haven't read/heard the book, but I did like the movie. But Audible has been awesome. I'm currently reading "Orphan Train," and it's really getting good!

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  2. Loved the book. Haven't tried Audible, but I will be looking into it!

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    1. It's been so cool. A lot cooler than I realized.

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  3. My husband loves audible! He listens to books as he walks to work each morning!

    Her Heartland Soul
    http://herheartlandsoul.com

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    1. I'm amazed how much I enjoy listening to books when I work out. It totally beats music. :-D

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  4. That sounds really neat. So much of the time I'm busy doing other things that reading doesn't seem like something I can do. If you listen to books you're still learning.

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    1. Exactly. I'm thinking with my credit for next month, I might get a non-fiction book, like "It Starts with Food," or something.

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  5. I've heard of Audible and always wavered on whether I should try it out. I've discovered that I enjoy listening to podcasts on my long runs, so listening to a book would be a similar experience and way to pass the time.

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    1. Plus, if you're like me, and have a hard time sitting down to read, listening when you're working, or in the car, or something similar is a good way to keep it up.

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