For a long time I’ve refused to try audio books. I’m not a fan of being read to by someone else and I read quite quickly so I always felt audio books were not for me.
There are many great bloggers out there but if you are looking for inspiration for audio books I strongly suggest checking out Eline’s blog here. Reading Eline’s blog began to make me curious about audio books and with the audible Amazon subscription giving you a month’s free trial with no obligation, it seemed like the perfect time to try. The more I’ve read about it and looked into it, the more reasons I’ve discovered to try one.
My reading schedule is getting very heavy. By listening to an audio version I can maximise time in the car or when doing other things and listen to a book at the same time. Great for long or impromptu journeys.
I’m currently on adoption leave from work and with both children at school all day, it means the majority of housework etc. needs to be done by me. I found myself spending so much time reading that the day flew by and I wasn’t always getting much done. An audio book allows me to multi-task and I actually enjoyed ironing yesterday for the first time ever.
You don’t need the subscription but for £8 a month you can subscribe to Audible via Amazon. You get a free credit every month and can use this to buy any audio book. I strongly recommend that you buy an audio book with a value of greater than the £8. This is great as many cost from £10 to £18 so you save quite a lot. You can also purchase others during the months and there are deals and reductions.
If you have purchased Kindle versions of books previously, you can upgrade these to the audio version for a charge. Many of the books I have already purchased incur a charge of around £2.99 which is great. It’s worth checking before buying as sometimes it may be cheaper to buy the Kindle version and upgrade rather than the audio version. This is a great way for me to get my TBR pile down a little.
It’s been a long time since I’ve used the library but I was delighted to discover you can borrow e-books and audio books online from them. I don’t even need to leave the house as long as I am a member. This is agreat way to keep my audio pile topped up without breaking the bank. There isn’t always a huge range but it is big enough to provide me with reading material for a while.
The Puppet Show by M.W. Craven is one of my tours this month and despite having an ARC copy, I used my credit to purchase this. It’s narrated very well by John Banks and it’s so easy to listen and get lost in the story. I’m two hours in already just listening whilst driving around and ironing (not at the same time). I have to say that I’m so pleased to have discovered them.
Are you a fan of audio books? Has this post given you a little inspiration to give them a try? Let me know in the comments.