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Day 98: Audible

I love reading! However, as a mom with three kids under six, I don't get a lot of time to spend with my nose in a book. I do spend lots of time with my nose to my iPhone reading blog posts, which are much shorter than books and require less of a commitment. I vowed to myself at the beginning of this year that I was going to read more, since it brings me so much joy, not to mention the relaxation factor I so desperately need.

I've also mentioned once or twice or fifty times that I love podcasts. Last fall, after listening to a few episodes of The Simple Show , I took Tsh up on her offer to try Audible for a month for free. The first audio book I downloaded was Patrick Madrid's "Envoy for Christ." Everything I've ready by him gets a thumb's up from me, so I loved it, and I also loved the platform. I could "read" a book while doing dishes, cleaning the bathroom, watching the kids play in the yard. I was hooked.

It only took me a couple of months to fall behind, though, and my monthly credits started stacking up. I listened to Ann Voskamp's "One Thousand Gifts" and then embarked on George Weigel's "Evangelical Catholicism" (which may have been above my pay grade, but was super interesting). That last one was super long and I kind of gave up, overwhelmed, and headed back to podcasts. After I tried to quit but then got tricked by a 50% off code, I decided I'd get back on the audio book horse.

I just finished a book in 5 days! Five. Days. Not months, like the last one. I loaded up my wishlist and downloaded a few, and now I'm trying to balance my headphone time between favorite podcasts and books. I had mixed feeling about the most recent book, but not about Audible. I'm pro-Audible. Check it out.

I've also heard of, but never tried, LibriVox, which is free public domain audio books read by volunteers. I'm planning on checking out some classics there. Someday.

For today's recommended link, check out the Catholic Stuff You Should Know podcast's newest episode, Papal Infallibility. Guess what!?! Catholics don't believe every word that comes forth from the mouth of Francis is infallible! Content starts at about 10 minutes, but if you have ears to hear, there's really not ever enough of Father John's sweet, smooth baritone available for our listening pleasure.


  1. I just started using Audible this month. I like it, but the monthly fee seems a little more than I'd like to spend. I don't know. We shall see. Also, I just discovered your blog. I'll be reading daily!

    1. Dana - go try to cancel your account and they'll offer you 50% off for 3 or 4 months. That's what I did. ;) I do think $14 or whatever it is is too much, so I might use up my credits and take a break until I find a coupon code!

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