Friday, February 4, 2011

Free Audiobooks

A portrait of Jane Austen

I love technology, but I am never the first to jump aboard a bandwagon, and I am definitely not the girl the girl to ask if you want to find out about the latest and the greatest. So you might already know what I am about to tell you. But I am so excited that I have to share anyway.

There is a free app for the iPhone and iPad called Audiobooks that allows you to listen to over 3500 classic books for FREE. I fell in love with recorded books when I was home schooling my boys; we spent hours in the minivan, driving to and from field trips and appointments, and while we logged all those miles, we listened to great stories. We got most of our recorded books from the library, as audiobooks tend to be somewhat expensive compared to their ink-and-paper counterparts.

The next meeting of the Jane Austen Book Club is coming up soon, so I have just a few days to finish our current novel, Mansfield Park. I am a fast reader, but I have a lot on my plate right now, little time for reading and even less money to spend. So you can imagine my delight upon discovering the Audiobooks app. I found a free download for my Kindle too, and I read as much there as I can; in between, when I am in the car or at the gym, I listen to the Audiobooks version. It's the best of all worlds. At the rate I am going, I should be able to meet my deadline with time to spare.

It's a good thing, too, because I have made a solemn vow to finish writing the first draft of my novel THIS WEEKEND. So I have less time to read than ever. Wish me luck!

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