Audio books

Kinda like how as a kid you wished you could swim with your books to learn via osmosis.

Kinda like how as a kid you wished you could swim with your books to learn via osmosis.

If you haven’t noticed already, this week in blog posting on OFR has been all about Jord! Well that’s because Sara has started training for her job in teaching that begins next month. As the family adjusts this week to the awkward times and lack of sleep, I happily agreed to take over blogging duties through the dead of night to make sure that we had wonderful content continuing in her absence. And if you haven’t noticed, Sara’s still editing my posts so I sound less like a buffoon. So, enjoy today’s post by me, and we’ll get back into routine next week!

When Sara got her job, we had decisions to make. Who’s commuting? Where do we live? Where do we take baby L for daycare? Well, quickly the cards fell and it was clear that I would be commuting for the foreseeable future. Instead of driving 1.8 miles to work, I currently drive 75 miles to work. When we get into our house next month, I’ll be driving 55 miles to work. Even though the majority is Interstate driving at 75 mph, you’ll gather that I have roughly an hour’s long commute.

Initially, this was devastating. Two more hours of my life gone and for what? But, in the end, I just knew that I was more comfortable with me commuting versus Sara and our son spending a majority of their time on the road. A solution had to be found. A few trips down and I was more than ready to pry out my eyes from boredom trying to find entertainment from the early morning sports talk or various music found on my iPhone or radio dial. Not cutting it.

So Sara and I got library cards! Why? So I could read books on the road. Well, I actually listen to them on CD, as the library allows you to check out audio books! Right off the bat I was excited to try because I was desperate. I had not ever listened to a book on tape before, so I was skeptical of my ability to pay attention and follow along while driving.

So last week I picked up A Game of Thrones and currently I am through five of the 27 discs. I love it. The story is fantastic, the audio is entertaining, and my drives seem shorter and are definitely more entertaining. Thank goodness for the library, because looking at the price of audio books is a bit concerning, but when you check them out for free, you don’t have to debate if the book is worth $40 before trying.

Now that I’m sold, I have currently filled up my library waiting list with various series that I have yet to read: The rest of the Song of Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones is book 1)”, the Dexter series, and the Harry Potter books. Well over a year’s worth of reading listening. I also put the Lord of the Rings trilogy on there for good measure, even though I’m already a big fan of the books.

(image taken from creative commons library)

About Jord

jord considers himself nerdy, mostly because he's a devoted gamer and freelance web designer. he works in computer technology and information services, but he'd be most proud to tell you that he recently built himself a computer, loves audio books, trying new beer and wine, grilling, and is so excited to have added "homeowner" to his list of titles.

One Response to Audio books

  1. calmense July 23, 2013 at 5:31 PM #

    ooh! Great idea! I often complain that I don’t get any “free” time to read, wishing for a public transportation commute so that I could, but this is a great replacement! I’m going to look into our library!