Thursday, July 2, 2015

Audiobooks are a Great Option

We are one month into summer vacation and I've already completed more books than I would have during a whole year.  Why have I avoided audiobooks?  They are awesome.  I have been listening to books when I walk - trying to get 1 hour per day - and it has been great.  My wife loves Audible and has purchased a few books.  I was able to share her account and read some of the books she has read. I also have been using Overdrive, and listening to audiobooks from the library, for free!

Audible has an iOS App and works great on my iPhone.  It also hooks up great using bluetooth in my car, so I can listen when driving around.

Overdrive also has an iOS App and works on the iPhone and in the car.  It does require a library card so that you can reserve and check out audiobooks from your library.  It also returns the books after the time allowed.  Bonus - no trip to the library to return!

Because of the ease of use and access of these Apps, I've read some outstanding books.  I would recommend them all to you.  Most of them are reviewed by Franki on her blog, A Year of Reading.

The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage, by Brene Brown

David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, by Gary Keller

Every Day I Fight, by Stuart Scott

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand

All of these books have been entertaining and enlightening.  I would never have been able to read this many outstanding books during this time.  I wish that I would have had this type of resource available to me during my time in school.

1 comment:

  1. Well, I tried to post this once. Let me try it again.

    I LOVE Audible! Deb Maynard and I won a grant to purchase 5 Kindles for our students and year-long Audible subscriptions on each. Rather than paying the monthly fee, though, you can make one large payment and get 12 tokens for less (just FYI). We will definitely have to look into Overdrive. Do you know if that app works on Kindle Fires or just Apple products? Do you know of any audiobook apps for Chromebooks?

    I, too, have been wondering why I was so hesitant to listen to a book rather than read the pages in my hands. I was stubborn for so long. Now I look for excuses to walk our dog, fold laundry, drive places, etc. :) I've listened to more books this summer already than I read total last summer.