Audio Books

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I usually don’t read a lot of books during the school year, I read more during the summer when I can sit outside in the sun and enjoy a good book without having to worry about lessons and such.  But I’m finding this year I’m starting to read more.  I think it’s the new season I’m in with my kids doing a lot of their schooling on their own.  I only spend about 30 minutes to an hour with them, which gives me a lot of time to do and finish other things.  I guess because of that I am reading more, usually Christian fiction books.  And a good book to me is like a movie, I just really want to know how it ends and I have a hard time putting it down.  I do make sure I get done what has to be done, but when I have ‘extra’ time instead of working on my crafts I pick up a book.  But I’m finding that I’m not finishing or even starting any new crafts, though there are a lot of them I want to do.  So I started thinking about how I could read and still do my crafts.  Yep, audio books.

 

I would really like to listen to audio books on my iTouch, that would be ideal.  But as I started looking into audio books I realized they are quite expensive.  🙁  There are a couple of online places that you can join them for $15 a month and get your books for discounts, and that $15 counts as (usually) one book free.  It’s a good deal, but I don’t have an extra $15 a month laying around.  Then there is another site that is like a Netflix for audio books.  But again, it’s $15 a month.  🙁  So it’s looking like right now my only option is getting audio books from my library.  Which is fine, but I can’t listen to them on my iTouch, which bums me out.  Yes, I know ‘technically’ I could by downloading them to my computer and uploading them to my iTouch.  But that would violate copyright laws, which I refuse to do.

 

So now I’m trying to figure out the easiest way to listen to them at home.  We actually still have a portable cd player, like a Walkman, believe it or not.  But it’s so old it just keeps skipping and such.  I’ve cleaned it, ran on it electrical power and not batteries, everything I could think of, but still it didn’t play smoothly.  🙁  I would like to get a new one, but that’s not in the budget right now.  I know I can play it on my laptop or my boombox, but I was trying to find a more portable way to listen to them.  One that didn’t include me having to move my boombox or laptop all the time.  But that’s exactly what I’m going to have to do.  Well I’ll probably use my boombox more than my laptop.  My laptop has a short power cord and I can’t plug it in when I’m on my couch, which is where I do most of my crafts.  So I guess I’ll be pulling out my boombox and listening to my library loaned audio books and working on more crafts.  Well, that is my plan I haven’t actually done it yet, though I do have some audio books.  I’ll let you know if it works the way I want it to.  😉

 

So how about you, do you listen to audio books?  How do you do it?  Do you buy them all?  Do you know a place online where I can get cheap audio books?  I’m still looking for alternatives.  😉  What about you crafters out there, what do you do when you are crocheting, knitting, cross-stitching or any other crafts?  Do you ‘watch’ a movie, listen to an audio book, or is it just quiet and you do nothing?  I would love to know what you do, please share.

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5 thoughts on “Audio Books”

  1. Hi JoAnn, I don’t listen to audio books while I crochet, but it sounds like a good idea. 🙂 Small projects, I take with me in the car and work on while my husband drives. Larger projects, I’ll work on while my husband watches a program on TV. I’ll be curious to learn if you find out some suitable options. Good luck! 🙂

  2. Hi JoAnn~

    I love audio books, especially since we’ve given up a lot of television. I listen to them while I crochet or knit, or while I iron. Our library has the all-in-one audio books, where you simply plug your headphones into their little box and start listening. No other apparatus needed. You might want to check that out. It’s great for grab-and-go listening. 🙂

    I hope this finds you and yours well and enjoying autumn. Have a lovely week’s end!
    ~Shani xxx

  3. I listen to audiobooks a lot. I started when I got my iPod several years ago. At first we had an Audible subscription, so we bought books. Then I found that to be an expense we didn’t need, so I discontinued it. Since then most of the books I listen to I’ve found on Librivox–a free site, but as a previous poster said, the books are read by volunteers. Some are definitely better than others. A couple of months ago I found out that I could check out audiobooks online through our library. Again, free to use (but not to keep), and you can put them onto anything. (note to self: check to see if I have a fine, because I forgot to take one off before I went to Scotland).

    Most if not all my listening is done while I cross-stitch or knit.

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