My Reluctant Foray Into Audiobooks

I’m a slow learner.

It’s true.  I often need to hear something over and over, try it over and over, have it nailed into my head repeatedly before it sticks.

It took me a long time before I started checking out ebooks from the library.  That crazy learning curve, ya know?

I needed help setting up an instagram account.

I also needed help installing the app that allowed me to listen to podcasts on my phone (don’t get me started on my phone– I can barely work it).

So, while I’ve been intrigued with the idea of audiobooks, I’ve procrastinated on checking into them.

Partly fear of the unknown, partly one more thing to figure out, partly an intense love for silence.

But, today I did it.

I borrowed an audiobook from the library.

Credit belongs where credit is due.  I owe a lot to Anne Bogel from Modern Mrs Darcy for paving the way, generating interest and the recommendation for the first audiobook I borrowed.

Check out her post The beginner’s great big guide to audiobooks

The book I’m listening to (recommended by Anne Bogel) is Dolly Parton’s Dream More.  I admire Dolly Parton and I’m a huge fan of her Imagination Library concept.  If you’re not familiar with this project, it’s where she sends books every month to kids age 0 to 5.  It started out in her home county, but it’s grown across her home state, and across the country.

Anyway, hearing the book read by Dolly herself in her one-of-a-kind accent and enthusiasm and even some crooning, is a real treat.

I’m also thinking with graduation right around the corner, this is going to be a good book to have on the shelves to give as a graduation gift.

 So, it looks like, similar to ebooks and podcasts, before long I will be hooked on audiobooks.

I haven’t downloaded the overdrive app.  I’m just listening to this one on the computer.

Probably that’s the next step.

Which means I need to move the pictures on my phone to free up space.

But, I’m glad I took the first step.

Sometimes we’re resistant to dip our toes in, even when we think it will be a good experience.

Do you listen to audiobooks?  Any tips or helpful advice?

Are you interested in starting audiobooks?  Jump in with me!

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4 thoughts on “My Reluctant Foray Into Audiobooks

  1. Julie Hartzler

    I’m in a season of long hours of driving and audiobooks turn this chore into something I look forward to. I’ve been working with one of my kiddos on challenges at school so this winter as I was driving to and from school and work I listened to Taking Charge of ADHD by Russell Barkley on my Scribd account and Delivered from Distraction by Edward Hallowell and John Ratey on Google Books.
    The place that audiobooks really shine, though are on long car trips. This Spring Break I listened to Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine with my teenage girls as I drove with them to Kansas City. It makes the miles melt away and keeps the bickering down.

    1. Beth Post author

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Julie. (And specific titles!) Road trips and commutes are two great reasons to get into audiobooks.

  2. Stan H

    Audio books are the main way I read books in the last 6 years as I commute 80+ minutes a day. I spend that whole time reading except occasionally when I pray. I usually read nonfiction, but audio novels are at their best on road trips: even one as long as 9 hours each way was fun the whole way; the time flies by and afterwards you have the feeling that the driving didn’t even happen. Ditto for winter treadmill work or mindless home projects. Bluetooth speakers and headsets are great accessories depending on where you are. I started with Overdrive and “buying” public domain classics from Audible for $0, but soon moved to a subscription service so I can read whatever I want, which was a revolutionary step.

    1. Beth Post author

      Thanks for sharing this, Stan. We’re currently setting up a partnership with and the bookstore, so I’m hoping to learn more about audiobooks to help our customers.


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