Allow me to preface this story with the statement, "I am a media-junkie." I've always loved stories, whether their format was film, television, animated, comic book, graphic novel... are you catching a the missing link here? Outright novels were always seen to take too much time to go through. Even with e-book options like kindle or the apple books app, it was still a struggle. Two years ago, I learned the folly of my ways. Out of envy of friends who were such fast readers and could burn through books one every 2 weeks, versus my one a month (if that), I finally gave in to the idea of Audible.
Audible.com, now tied to Amazon.com, allows you access to hundreds upon hundreds of titles ranging in genres from noir to classics to scifi to fantasy to autobiographies and even to self help books. You pay $15 monthly to get 1 credit every month, covering the price of any book on the site. They also have daily & weekly sales sometimes dropping the cost of individual titles from $30 to $5. For the price of a movie ticket, you might be able to get days worth of entertainment.
With the right narrators, a mediocre book could become great and Hollywood has been happy to provide actors such as Colin Firth, Jeremy Irons, Anne Hathaway, James Marsters, Alan Cumming, Tim Curry and many more to read. That said, when I come across the right combination of writer & narrator, the audiobook experience is better than almost any movie you could think of. They bring characters and worlds to life. And they also allow stories to unfold with richness and details, often left on the editors' cutting room floor when adapted for movies.
If you've ever wondered how some friends can burn through books like they're nothing, here's how you do it. Or, at least, how I did it. Considering Audible has apps for IOS, Android and web-based devices, you can literally go through stories when and where ever you happen to be.
For me, it's a combination of cell phone and bluetooth headset that let me read during all day:
- Driving to and from work.
- Walking around a grocery store.
- Roadtrips to Phoenix
- Waiting for a car wash.
- While washing dishes at home.
- And even sometimes, while playing videogames with the audio off
Of course, you're not limited to only listening during these times but it does kill the boredom of tedious tasks and keeps me entertained during evening strolls. Any time you could be listening to music, you could instead be reading a book. In the last 2 years, I've exercised this idea finishing just under 200 books, ranging from short stories lasting the length of a movie to epics (<cough> Game of Thrones) that easily take over 30 hours to finish. For entertainment when & where-ever you are, readers should definitely give Audible a try. 30day free trials are available....ping me if you want suggestions to start
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