Almost two years ago my commute time tripled to roughly an hour each way. Fortunately that has decreased a tad since our move a couple of weeks ago but a sizable part of my day is still spent in the car. I think it best to not try and read and drive so I have settled for listening to audio books.
I have always been happy to spend money on solid state books but for some reason it is a struggle to shell out the cash for audio books. Maybe it’s because most other aural media is free (radio, podcasts, etc.) but I can rarely bring myself to pay to buy the audio file. However, there a number of ways to access audio books for free (or cheap) to help resolve my dilemma.
Sign up for the app with your library membership and get access to a good selection of titles, including Christian ones. Hoopla allows you to borrow five titles a month, although you’ll need to make your picks in the morning because each library is allowed a limited number of borrows every 24 hours, starting at midnight.
Overdrive has a different range of books to Hoopla which you also access with your library membership. Libraries have a limited number of copies so you often have to put a hold on a title, but there isn’t a limit on the number of titles you can borrow each month (although I believe they do count towards the number of items your library lets your borrow at any one time).
Audible’s not free but you do get a free book when you sign up. We’ve also started building up a collection of kids books which are cheaper or come on offer from time to time.
Our older kids love listening to books during nap time and we use all three apps to help satiate their appetite. When we move overseas audio books will still be something we have ready access to and people will be able to buy them for our kids for birthdays, etc.
Carly’s used these apps to listen to books for her book club and I’ve listened to a large number of books including a 41 hour biography of Winston Churchill (this is only the first of three parts!). Another idiosyncrasy I have is wanting to buy a hard copy of every book I listen to. Unfortunately our budget can’t keep up so we currently have an Amazon wish list of 74 books and counting…
If you’re not already, I hope you get to enjoy listening to audio books as much as our family does.