If you haven’t guessed by now, I LOVE audiobooks. I’ve talked about them before, and I just can’t help talking about them again today (and giving some away!).
Audiobooks have been a lifesaver for me. And in recent years, Audible in particular has been my go-to.
Why are audiobooks a lifesaver?
I love reading and I love books. But because of the busy nature of my life, I rarely have time to sit down and read. My reading time is shoved to a narrow thirty minutes in bed before I go to sleep (or longer depending on the book!).
Audiobooks have allowed me to squeeze in more “reading” time than I ever could have imagined. Last year, I read close to 50 books. I know that number pales in comparison with some of my influencers who read 100-200 books a year. But for me, an average of about 1 book a week wouldn’t be possible without audiobooks.
Audiobooks also allow me to try new authors and new books. For example, I tried the first book in Susan May Warren’s Christiansen Family Series—Take a Chance on Me. I’d never read any of her books before that. But after I listened to the audiobook, I went on to gobble up every book in the series and now eagerly look forward to her new releases. The same thing happened with Irene Hannon’s Hope Harbor.
Audiobooks help me hone my skills as an author. There’s just something about listening to a narration that gives me a different perspective on story-telling. As I listen to the narrator bring the story to life, I’m able to pick up on natural story rhythms, nuances in character, and emotions in a more vivid way which helps me to analyze my own writing better.
Audiobooks help to facilitate a love of books among my children. While I have raised a couple of avid readers, I also have a couple of reluctant readers as well. Audiobooks have been especially helpful for them. One of my daughters just finished listening to Kisses From Katie for the third time. My youngest son will spend hours listening to audiobooks—which is better than him playing hours of video games, right?
Why has Audible been my go-to for audiobooks?
This is not a commercial for Audible. And no, they aren’t paying me a cent to promote them. The fact, is I truly with-all-my-heart adore Audible.
It’s SUPER easy to get the books. All you need is a smart phone (or tablet or even computer) with the ability to download the app (which is free). And you also need to sign up for an account with Audible. They offer a variety of monthly plans with “credits” to apply to books. I figure if I can pay a monthly plan to have Netflix, I can most certainly pay to have a monthly plan for Audible books. After all, books are far better for my brain than TV!
(For those who don’t want a monthly plan, the prices can get a little steep. I recommend signing up for the “Daily Deal” emails. Books are on sale every day for $4.99 or less, and they frequently have other specials. Also, sometimes you can get audio books cheaper if you have the Kindle version of the book.)
Once the Audible app is on your device and you have an account, then you can start selecting books. After purchasing the book (through your monthly plan or otherwise), it downloads to your device. Then the book is always just the click of a button away!
Because I have my books downloaded on my phone, I can listen to the books anywhere and anytime—when I’m driving, cooking, folding laundry, exercising, etc. In fact, I honestly don’t know how I’d have kept up my regular running schedule without always having an audiobook to keep me from thinking about the pain!
Today I’m celebrating the release of Rebellious Heart into audiobook format. This book is inspired by the true love story of John and Abigail Adams and has previously been available in print and ebook. This summer I worked with a wonderful narrator to bring it to life in an audiobook.
I’m super excited to share this new audio release of Rebellious Heart with you! And to celebrate, I’m giving away FIVE copies of the audiobook. To enter to win, please fill out the Rafflecopter form below.
What about YOU? What’s the last audiobook you listened to? What do you find to be the biggest benefit from audiobooks?
The WINNERS are of the audiobooks are:
Carolyn Astfalk, Vickie Couturier, Joelle, Strandquist, Dawn Nicol, Jennifer Hibdon! Congratulations!
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