I’m thrilled to share a new passion that I’ve reignited during the past year of my life… Audiobooks! I’m also looking forward to sharing my first JAFF audiobook giveaway and review with my Just Jane 1813 readers later this week.
I’m also very grateful that the audiobook reading experience that I will share today is quite foreign to my past audiobook reading experiences, where I’d coral about 20 cassette tapes with their matching case, into my car and listen to my audiobook, tape by tape. Of course, at the time, I couldn’t imagine the ease of having all of my audiobooks on my cellphone, or the technologies that would also allow me to control the narration and keep track of the story with the ease and use of only my fingertips. Baby, we’ve come a long way!
Last year, I joined Audible through my Amazon membership, after I rediscovered my initial interests in listening to audiobooks. I wanted to explore and enjoy as much Jane Austen Fan Fiction as possible, and I knew that I had ample time during my various errands and my daily commute to enjoy some audiobooks.
I love Audible because for $10.00 a month, I receive a credit towards an audiobook, which winds up usually being a discounted price for most of their audiobooks, especially the Jane Austen Fan Fiction books that I want to listen to through this service. I also enjoy the emails I receive from Audible with updates about new releases. I really relish the sales that they run, because I can get some really wonderful audiobooks at a huge discount when they’re on sale. These notifications have helped me grow my audiobook collection with a pretty modest financial investment on my part. I also have the app on my phone and use it for listening to most of my audiobooks.
Once I began listening to JAFF, I found several ways to enjoy my audiobooks, in and outside of my daily commute. Below is a list of my favorite ways to enjoy audiobooks:
The daily commute and express rides around town. Even with a 25 minute commute, I can listen to a few books a month. I also fit them into all of the driving I do taking my children to several activities each week. Does this sound familiar? I can also listen to audiobooks on longer trips, either on my car speakers or on my earbuds when I am the lucky passenger in my car.
Channeling my inner maid. During my duties as a maid to a family of five other people, I tend to do listen to lots of music and my audiobooks. Listening to an audiobook on my portable SONY wireless speaker while I am washing dishes, cooking dinner or folding laundry can make these tasks much more enjoyable.
When you’re looking for new ways to experience a story. If the price is right, I add voice narration to a Kindle purchase so I can switch between reading a book and listening to the same book. This allows me to enjoy the story in multiple ways and sometimes the British accents just make the experience feel more authentic for me. I remember many years ago, I tried to read Peter Mayle’s “A Year in Provence,”and I had a hard time becoming immersed in the story. Once I popped those audio cassettes into my car, I was traveling throughout the South of France with a huge smile on my face along the way.
During my Lizzy Bennet walks.I don’t do this as much as I’d like to, but I do enjoy escaping into a great story while I am also exercising my body. For a multi-tasking demon such as myself, this is a win-win!
It’s time to relax. If you’re looking for a way to just take some time to relax that’s gentle on the eyes and easy on the ears, consider an audiobook. You can also bring your portable speaker and your audiobook into the bathroom while you take a bath, and enjoy your reading time without the fear of dropping a book, or an e-reader, into your bathtub. Talk about making a splash! LOL!
As I perused several online resources, I found several other ways that readers are enjoying audiobooks. Check these out:
Do you know anyone who struggles with ADD or ADHD? This post, “How Audiobooks Help People with ADHD Enjoy Stories,” brought several good points to my mind.
Are you someone who enjoys knitting, sewing or another craft? You may consider audiobooks after reading “Why Crafters Love Audiobooks.”
Is running your passion? This post, “Audiobooks for Runners” describes why runners love audiobooks.
Are you borrowing ebooks through your public library using OverDrive? You can also borrow audiobooks for free through this service.
Do you know a young reader who may enjoy audiobooks? “How Audiobooks Support Younger Readers” shares interesting information about building the love of reading through audiobooks.
APA/ Audio Publishers Association is a great site for authors and readers, with ideas and resources on both creating and listening to audiobooks.
Want to hear a sample of a book before you purchase it? Check out this Goodreads Audiobooks Post, which is a feature that Goodreads added last year to makes samples of audiobooks more accessible to readers.
To make this idea a bit more enticing, I am sharing a list of some great JAFF audiobooks I have enjoyed, with an eye towards many more in my future.
- “Darcy’s Passions” by Regina Jeffers
- “Darcy’s Temptation,” by Regina Jeffers
- “Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman Series” by Pamela Aidan
- “The Darcys of Pemberley,” by Shannon Winslow
- “The Gypsy Blessing,” by Wendy Sotis
- “To Have His cake and Eat it Too,” by P.O. Dixon
- “Pride and Prejudice,” by Jane Austen/Narrated by Rosamund Pike
- “Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas,” by Stephanie Barron
- “The End of the Affair,” by Graham Greene/Narrated by Colin Firth (This isn’t a JAFF book, but is there really a JAFF reader who doesn’t know why I’d LOVE listening to a heartbreaking romance story read by Colin Firth? His voice is cited by Andrew Davies as one of the reasons he was selected to play Mr. Darcy.)
- “Rumours and Recklessness,” by Nicole Clarkston (Review and audiobook giveaway coming to Just Jane 1813 this week.)
Dear readers, I turn this post over now to you… What are your thoughts about audiobooks? Love them? Hate them? Not sure? Please tell us why?
What suggestions for great audiobooks do you have for us? Please feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions with us.