After Christmas break when all school seems tedious, I struggled to find stability in our read aloud time. Unfortunately, I was also taken down by severe allergies, and could barely speak for three weeks without coughing. Audible saved the day. We started listening to audio books in place of my reading, and it expanded to our time in the car, and any other time anyone had a spare minute. We have also loved the opportunity to become better listeners as we read with our ears.
Here are some tips for getting the most out of Audible:
- Subscribe and save - if you join Audible as a monthly member, you get one credit a month to get any title for free...regardless of the price. A membership also lowers the regular price of the rest of the books. Just make sure the title you choose to spend your credit on costs more than the credit itself!
- Own the kindle edition also and save - if you have the kindle edition of a book, it can lower the price of the audio book. Some classics are free on the kindle, and then their audio book files are lowered down to $.99. Always check first before you buy the audio file.
- Unabridged matters - occasionally a lovely classic also has an abridged version of the book. Make sure to get the version you are looking for!
- Listen to the preview - in my haste I have purchased a version of an audio book thinking there was only one choice. Many times, there are several options. Listen to the preview to see which narrator you like best before purchasing.
- Hook it up in the car - if you've downloaded your audio books to your phone, you can listen in the car with ease. Our car is older, so we don't have the ability to plug in directly. Thankfully, there are several options out there for connecting through the cassette player or DC power connector.
Here are some of our favorite listens this year:
Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.