I love nothing more than curling up with a good book, preferably for hours, but that is rare in my world at the moment. I can usually only get a snippet during the day if I’m lucky. Reading is mostly done at night before sleeping
But in the past couple of years, I’ve discovered audio books. Previously, I would probably have sneered at the idea of listening to a book. I would probably have told you that books are meant to be read, not listened to. I have changed this blinkered way of thinking, and now love listening to audio books, especially as there are now a huge variety available. I do think there is a place for both ‘paper’ books and audio books to fit into our busy lifestyles
I listen through the library app Borrow Box which I have downloaded onto my phone, enabling me to listen when I’m ‘on the go’. I listen during my 90 minute round trip to and from work, in the gym, in the garden, when doing chores, cooking, and when out walking or bush walking. I try to walk for an hour or two most days so the listening hours quickly add up.
Below, is a list of the audio books that I’ve listened to in 2019. I have linked the books to their page on Goodreads If you would like to know more about a particular book, please click on the link.
Summer At Mount Hope by Rosalie Ham
The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
The Year of the Farmer by Rosalie Ham
The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper
Heartbreak Hotel (Buffy, #2) by Deborah Moggach and my review
I Was Here by Gayle Forman and my review
The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March
The Tailor’s Girl by Fiona McIntosh
Crimson Lake (Crimson Lake, #1) by Candice Fox
Redemption Point (Crimson Lake #2) by Candice Fox
Gone by Midnight Crimson Lake #3) by Candice Fox
Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder and my review
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
The Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh
Kiss Me, Kill Me by J.S. Carol
The Last Dance by Fiona McIntosh
The Trip of a Lifetime by Monica McInerney
Never Never (Detective Harriet Blue, #1) by James Patterson and Candice Fox
Fifty Fifty (Detective Harriet Blue, #2) by James Patterson and Candice Fox
Liar Liar (Detective Harriet Blue, #3) by James Patterson and Candic Fox
The Last Summer of Ada Bloom by Martine Murray
The First Lady by James Patterson and Brendan Dubois
The Land Girls by Victoria Purman
The Secret Vineyard by Loretta Hill
Wedderburn by Maryrose Cuskelly
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Wartime Brides and Wedding Cakes by Amy Miller
A Chance Of Stormy Weather by Tricia Stringer
My Top Three books from the above list.
Do you listen to audio books. I’d love to hear you recommendations and promise to reply to all comments left
Thanks so much, Jennifer, I love your recommendations. I too have found audio books so handy especially while driving long distances a lot lately and while doing the housework takes the chore out of it. I’m currently listening to The Chocolate makers wife. I quite enjoyed Never Never by James Patterson and Candice Fox. I recently binge read the “Woody Creek” series of books by Joy Dettman and just finished the latest release. Only one of those was a Kindle book to which I added audio though for my driving purpose. Do you use the Bolinda Borrow Box app?
Great to read of your experiences Jennifer. I have listened to audio books and generally like them and I have heard of Borrow Box before, I have been using KindleUnlimited for ‘free’ books.
Hi Kerryn I’m so sorry I too so long to reply. For some unknown reason some of my comments are going to spam, and I just came across yours there. Ive really enjoyed the series by James Patterson and Candice Fox. I’d also read the books Candice has written alone. Shes a talented writer. Ive seen the Joy Dettman books but haven’t read any yet. I do use Borrow Box for audio and some ebooks. You recommended a book to me a while ago – The Shadow of the Wind – Please don’t think I’ve forgotten about it, but I’m having trouble getting it. Do you remember where you got it from?
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Sorry Deb that I’ve taken so long to reply. Some comments are going to spam for some unknown reason, and I’ve only just found yours. I’ve also used KindleUnlimited but generally prefer to read paper books. It’s getting quite expensive so I might try some ‘free’ ebooks
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Yes, I’ve noticed a few comments going into spam as well! I find I don’t have the storage space anymore too, which is why I’ve gone to kindle more often lately!