Road trips have always served the purposes of relaxation and daydreaming and self-education and edification. During my formative 20s I always looked for opportunities to listen to audiobooks. After one visit to California, I remember stopping at the Pasadena Border’s, eagerly looking for my next title.
I stopped listening to audiobooks once road trips were fewer. Since I worked from home for nearly 10 years, I rarely drove. Then I took on a project with a 2-hour daily commute. While most would complain about the drive, for me it was the perfect opportunity to get away from the rest of the world and to learn.
Audible stepped up big time. Audible is a digital audio book company. Instead of lugging around CDs, you download the audiobooks to your mp3 player or smart phone.
Since my car is old, I rigged up an iHome system to ride shotgun. I finished 2 more books a month than I would have finished. I recently finished Mastery and Walter Isaacson’s biography of Benjamin Franklin (highly recommended). Next up is Arnold’s autobiography.
I am also a avid walker. Walking is a low-intensity form of fat burning that also helps you recover from harder workouts as walking encourage blood circulation and lymph flow. Walking is a great way to unwind. With Audible, I upload some books and listen do an hour of “reading” each day.
As regular readers know, I only link to products that I personally use. I’ve been a member of Audible for almost two years. I’m on the “gold” plan that entitles me to one new book a month.
AudibleListener® Gold Membership
- Details: Get 50% off your first 3 months of the AudibleListener® Gold membership plan and receive your free audiobook credit each month.
- Pay only $7.49/month for 3 months, $14.95/month thereafter.
- Cost: $7.49/month for the first 3 months and $14.95 each month thereafter
What’s great about audible, among other things, is that you can suspend your membership if you build up too many credits. I read a lot of books on my Kindle, too. When I get a bunch of credits built up, I sent Audible an email. I’ve done this twice and never had an issue.
If you don’t like a book you can bring it back for a full refund. The narrator of Thus Spoke Zarathustra didn’t resonate me. I asked for a refund. No problems.
Audible gets my highest recommendation. You can join audible by clicking on this link.
Don’t miss: Mastery.