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Monday, June 18, 2012

Audio Books

          Do you have to get debris and aquatic critters out of the pool because you have hoards of guests coming to visit for the summer? Need to get the knee high grass cut and clear the poison ivy away from the yard? Convince the mosquitoes not carry off your guests? Have to give the old home a good cleaning?
AND….. all YOU want do is relax stretched out on a chase lounge to read a good Romantic Suspense book? 

Well, have I got the solution for you.  
Audio books!
Yes that’s right. You heard me-
The new craze among busy people who love to read.
Audio Books!

You can listen on your phone  
  • Apple iPhone 4 MC605lla Smartphone - Wi-Fi - 3.5G - Bar - Black

              or E-reader

               I’m here to tell ya listening to books will make the drudgery of cleaning the pool, cutting the grass, cleaning closets, using the shop vac to suck the crumbs from the oven, and scrubbing those toilets a thing of the past. You’ll be so pleased to listen you’ll wish there was more work to do. Ehh! That last statement might be pushing it.

         I started ‘listening’ because of vision problems. Even with glasses over contacts, it was difficult to read. After five eye surgeries reading is much easier now but I’m hooked on listening. Many times I've foregone seeing a movie because the audio book production was so good.

         The big thing is, I can listen to books and not feel guilty because I should be doing something else. ‘Cause I can do something else.  Except drive. I get too engrossed in the story. Shakes head here –Not a good thing. Now that I’m thinking about it, listening to the, shall I say, steamy parts, of a romance novel in the doctor's office or in the dentist chair, not good either. Well, it's not bad that you're listening to it there, it's odd to explain why your neck and face are turning red and you're hyperventilating. Whatever you do, just say no to the hygienist if she wants you to take out the earphones so she can hear also.

        So, tell me, Do you listen to your books? Do you have a favorite narrator? I would know Dick Hill anywhere. He narrates many of my favorite books. Many actors lend their voices to books. If any of you are longtime watchers of Law and Order you remember there was a female psychologist on the show. Carolyn McCormick portrayed Dr Elizabeth Olivet, and narrates The Hunger Games Trilogy. And… our very own Dee J Adams narrates her own books.

My book Under Fire is available in audio format. 
Click here Audible to listen to a sample.
Check out all the Not Your Usual Suspect authors on audible. 

WARNING- Listening to Audio Books is habit forming.


Maureen A. Miller said...

I really enjoy Audio books in the car. For holidays I have to make a ten-hour drive, and the drive goes by in no time when I'm listening to a book.

Rita said...

Maureen i get to into the story and don't pay attention to the driving. Not good.

Maureen A. Miller said...

That's true, Rita. But the alternative would be that I sing, which is equally as dangerous. :)

I hope you're feeling better.

Marcelle Dubé said...

I love listening to audio books when I go for my walk, and I used to listen to them when I drove to and from work. Talk about "telling" me a story!

Anne Marie Becker said...

I'm sold! ;) Great ideas, Rita, but you left out "tuning out the kids" as a selling point. LOL

Rita said...

Maureen right arm is about 100% left arm is only 40% Thanks for asking. Off to the doctor again in a few.

Rita said...

Marcelle, I listen when I walk also. Walking has been curtailed of late. In a couple of weeks should be able to start again.

Rita said...

Anne Marie tunig them out could be dangerous. At least with my kids it would have been.

Anne Marie Becker said...

Rita - definitely dangerous. I would need to know what they're up to, for sure. LOL But I can do that with a visual and still tune out the yelling. ;)

Shelley Munro said...

I'm a new convert to audio books and love listening rather than reading. I do a lot of walking and listen with my iPod.

Rita said...

Welcome to the audio side Shelley

Dee J. said...


I hate being so late to the party! Thank you for the shout out! I had so much fun narrating my books and I've been converted to a listener now because of it. I'll be doing an in depth I Spy on my Audible experience and I think you might get a kick out of it! Stay tuned.

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