Audible Originals

Audible originals

The above article tells about Audible Originals. These audiobooks are only available through Audible, with a subscription. I have several of them, but haven’t read them yet. I always only get about halfway through Pride and Prejudice. Maybe this one might be the one that I actually get through? Below is the list from the article.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE BY JANE AUSTEN, PERFORMED BY ROSAMUND PIKE

HALF LIGHT BY TAYARI JONES, PERFORMED BY BAHNI TURPI

THE BODY, WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY BILL BRYSON

MALCOLM AND ME, WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY ISHMAEL REED

WANDERLUST BY LAUREN BLAKELY, PERFORMED BY GRACE GRANT AND RICHARD ARMITAGE

CAFFEINE, WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY MICHAEL POLLAN

THE A.I. WHO LOVED ME BY ALYSSA COLE, PERFORMED BY REGINA HALL, FEODOR CHIN, MINDY KALING, THERESE PLUMMER, DINA PEARLMAN, NEIL HELLEGERS, ADENRELE OJO, AND KYLA GARCIA

BREAK SHOT: MY FIRST 21 YEARS, WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY JAMES TAYLOR

THE SET UP BY FALGUNI KOTHARI, PERFORMED BY SONEELA NANKANI AND VIKAS ADAM

Threatened by eReaders

I agree with this statement. I read on both paper and Kindle. Each has its own use, but neither is fully better than the other. I run out of battery life on the Kindle because I forget to plug it in. I can’t read a paper book in the dark.

One of the comments on this photo was “bookstores, not books, are threatened by Kindle.” I do believe that is true. The books don’t care. The books are just getting the words out there.

If we go further, the authors are the ones getting the words out there, and if the words are on paper or on Kindle, it really doesn’t matter, does it? (we aren’t getting into the great audiobook debate here)

If we go even further, on that comment, bookstores don’t care about Kindle, either. The bookstore owners care about paper vs Kindle, not the bookstore itself.

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This is not your fault by Courtney Maum

This is not your fault

This is not your fault by Courtney Maum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up as a palate cleanser between bookclub books. It was included with my Audible subscription, and it was short. It was the perfect time to read it. 

This was a light epistolary book about a couple going through a divorce during Covid times. It addresses many of the difficulties with life in during this time, along with general difficulties of time management. 

I think that it was well written and hit many points that I hadn’t thought of. Plus it kept my interest for the whole story. 

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Why I Replaced My Kindle

Why I Replaced My Kindle

I loved the above linked article. It tells about the wonders of the Kindle.

As you know, I love my Kindle. I can carry most of my books with me wherever I go. I do audiobooks on my commute, so that helps me get through a lot more books than I normally would, but my kindle helps me get through a lot more, especially now that I can’t check out physical library books.

I’m so glad that I found another kindle lover with the author of the article. I know there are more of you out there. Speak up!

Combining Audiobooks

I usually listen to audiobooks on the way to work every morning. I turn on the car, switch my input to bluetooth and my current audiobook starts playing. Sometimes it’s Audible. Sometimes it’s Libby. It all works beautifully. Usually.

I almost always have multiple books going. Paper, Kindle, audio… at least 5 are started at a time. It keeps me from getting bored, and I usually have some form of a book at my finger tips.

I have also been using the Audible freebies for sleep. This works best when I am in bed. I don’t do this in the car. I did want to make it clear that I don’t try to sleep on the way to work. Some days, I am not awake driving, but it’s not intentional. It’s just that I haven’t had coffee yet.

One of the best sleeping audiobooks has been A Short Account of the History of Mathematics. The narrator has a soothing voice and the topic is not very exciting. It works like a charm.

I had been trying to finish up We Have Always Lived in the Castle. It’s a horror story, and I knew where I had left off. The characters were being described.

I got into the car and the audiobook started up. I spaced out for a second and I didn’t look at what the phone and car decided to play. I was trying to figure out why the characters in my horror book were learning how to do multiplication. I had gotten the two books confused when the wrong book started up. At least I figured it out, eventually. At least the horror book wasn’t that strange.

I got my first vaccination

Just a few minutes ago I got my first of two vaccination shots. I’ll be sitting here for fifteen minutes, so they can keep an eye on me. My only regret at this point is that I forgot my headphones so I can’t listen to my audiobook. Well, I could, but I think that no one else would appreciate it.

THE TICKLE MONSTER (Bedtime Story Book for Kids): A Fun Rhyming Picture Book for Children by Arnie Lightning

THE TICKLE MONSTER (Bedtime Story Book for Kids): A Fun Rhyming Picture Book for Children

THE TICKLE MONSTER (Bedtime Story Book for Kids): A Fun Rhyming Picture Book for Children by Arnie Lightning
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a great book to listen to at bedtime if you want your kid to stay up all night. I suppose that reading the book itself would be OK, but the audiobook has a creepy sounding monster giggling during the whole reading. Leave the monster out and it would probably be fine. I still suspect it might rile kids up, though. 

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A history of math night

A little while ago, I wrote about an audiobook called A Short Account of the History of Mathematics. It was recorded to help people sleep and it works.

Lately, my insomnia has been awful. I will sleep for a couple of hours and then I’ll be awake for a couple of hours, wide awake. I have been referring to these nights as history of math nights. After I get fed up with being awake, I’ll turn the audiobook on and I’ll generally be asleep within 15 minutes.

I have to give kudos to whoever thought of recording this. It works wonders when I need it. There’s another one that works for me, too, The Perfect Swing. It just doesn’t have the same ring to it as history of math night.

A Short Account of the History of Mathematics by W. Rouse Ball


A Short Account of the History of Mathematics
 by W. Rouse Ball

A Short Account of the History of Mathematics

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this gem as a freebie on Audible. It was part of the set to help you relax and sleep. It certainly helped me sleep. I lasted maybe 5 minutes. I was out cold. It worked for its intended purpose. I could tell by the title that it would be a snoozer.

I feel strange giving this 5 stars when it was boring and sleep worthy. It was worth listening to for sleep purposes, which is how it is marketed on Audible. It worked great!

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