Free? Yes, Please.

Who likes free audiobooks? I do, I do!

I have to commute about forty-five minutes each way to and from work.

People tell me that's alot. It doesn't feel like alot to me, because I grew up about an hour away from everything, so if we had to go to the grocery store, we had to drive an hour to get there.

Then when I went to dental hygiene school I had an hour and a half drive to get there (I'd usually leave two hours early, just in case there was bad traffic). So to drive a mere forty-five minutes to work? Why, that's quite close!

However, listening to only music for forty-five minutes straight can get rather boring after a while.

I can entertain myself with my own thoughts, but only for so long - after a while I run out of things to think about, then I just rehash the same old problems, and that's a great way to get me to start worrying. And I'm attempting to get better at that - I don't think it's honoring to the Lord to worry so much. There will probably be a post to come on that subject.

I can listen to my talk radio (which you all know I'm a fan of), but my favorite talk radio hosts are not on when I'm driving to and from work! I miss Laura Ingraham by an hour in the morning, and Rush Limbaugh by two hours in the afternoon. I even miss Sean Hannity by an hour. And those are my three favorite shows. It just figures my commuting schedule would be such that I'd miss all my favorites, no?

However, I just love my iPod for that very reason - I can listen to my podcasts at any time! And I assure you, I have plenty.

One of my favorite discoveries are free audiobooks. Have any of you heard of Librivox? Basically they're an organization that makes audio recordings of books that are in the public domain and publishes them as podcasts in iTunes.

Voila! Free audiobooks!

They work mostly with volunteers who record chapters of the books, and then those recordings are compiled into the podcasts. I think it would be so fun to volunteer to read a chapter of a book for their recordings. But I don't know if you can choose the book you read, or if you have to just read whatever they give you. Because I wouldn't want to read just anything. If I decide to volunteer I'll let you know.

Anyway, I'm listening to Anne of Green Gables right now, and it's reminded me just how much I like that book. If you've never read it, you should. It's hilarious; very entertaining.

On my list of audiobooks to listen to are:

Robinson Crusoe
Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
Little Women
Anne of Avonlea

And there are so many more! It's just lovely.

I guess I'm just a story/fiction type of person. Non-fiction is great if I'm in a learning mood, and I like listening to my talk radio or sermons on the way to work, but sometimes you just need to unwind with a good story, you know? That's what I think anyway.

So yes, there's a little tip for you fellow bookworms out there! Now you can read when you have time, and listen to audiobooks when you're not able to read! It doesn't get much better than that, does it?


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Anne @ Sincerely, Britches said...

What a wonderful find!! I'm totally agree with the 'non-fiction when I'm in a learning mood.' Totally with ya on that one!

My husband has an hour drive to work every day... it gets tiring for him after awhile -- we're thankful for the job though!

Kelley said...

ooo I will have to check that out! I have about a 35 minute commute, and I would go absolutely nuts if it weren't for my audio books (which I plan on dedicating a blog post too later).

LeAnna said...

Oooh, thanks for sharing! I've really been getting into audio books here lately. They're great to put on while I'm doing laundry or whatever. If you ever get a chance to read/hear the Little Britches series, it's great! Kind of like Little House but with a boy as the main character.

katie said...

Wow! I didn't know there were such things as free audio books. I just acquired a copy of Little Women and think I'm going to read it. I read some it as a child, but don't believe I ever finished it. Do they have Heidi too?

Unknown said...

That's so good you have found something good to listen to. Anne of Green Gables is such a lovely book!

Felicia said...

Oh I should get some of those audiobooks. I never have time for fiction anymore :(

Jenene said...

I love fiction a lot more than non-fiction. Art bugs me about it. He thinks reading is for learning. But I just love a good story!

Unknown said...

how cool! i am going to be making my cross country drive back to NJ soon and audio books are my saving grace on those trips! i am going to check that out right now! thanks :)

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