I love listening to books read aloud. My children and I would read books aloud long past the age when they could read to themselves. There is something about listening to a book read aloud (and read well) that changes the experience of the story. The first audiobook I listened to was the Harry Potter series read by Jim Dale. We are not the “dvd player in the minivan” kind of family, so a long roadtrip had me scrambling for a way to entertain the kids when a girlfriend of mine lent me her audiobooks of Harry Potter. The kids loved it; I loved it; even my husband enjoyed it. Since then I have always had an audiobook to listen to. I listen to them while I’m in the car, during my morning walks, while I’m cooking or doing housework….
Understandably so, audiobooks are a bit more expensive than print books. They are certainly not in my book budget. I have found two wonderful sources for audiobooks. The first is my library. I get most of my audiobooks from my library’s digital downloads. I download them directly to my phone and I get three weeks with them before they are returned…on their own….no fines! Love it. Also, another source we just found are a couple of android apps: audiobooks and librivox. Both apps have tons of free audiobooks including many, many classics. Happy listening!