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Updated on January 17, 2014

A couple of nights ago a friend came over unexpectedly, while I was in my sewing room finishing off a well overdue project. I spend a lot of time hunched over my sewing machine, more hours than I want to admit to, but you know the bills... I'm getting off topic here. I've gotten into the habit of listening to Audio-Books while I'm working (there are just too many books that I just have to read and not enough time for them).

I can't believe it, in this day and age my friend never heard of such a thing as Books On Tape or CD. Can you believe that? It only took a minute or two and I had her converted. She left my house with a couple of my favorites under her arm. Earlier this morning she called and complained that she hasn't had much sleep in the past two nights because she just couldn't turn off the player. She'll be here soon to exchange them for the next batch.

My work here is complete. I think it's going to become one of my goals in life to spread the word. The Audio Book fetish we'll call it.

I borrow Audio-Books from the library but buy most on eBay. There are also many Audio-Book Clubs. From some you buy (which can get to be a little costly) from others you rent. You become a member and pay a monthly fee, how much, depends on how many books you're interested in "reading" per month. It works almost the same as the video movie clubs, that deliver to your mailbox. The easiest way of all are the companies that download the entire books onto PC or MP3 players. This amazing list can go on and on.

Anyone, who doesn't have enough time to read a good book can listen and enjoy them. Audio Books are great when you've got some tedious jobs to do, or when sun bathing or crafting... One of my other friends, (whom I also converted, who in turn got her husband hooked) well they travel a lot and listen to them while driving. They now need a referee, to determine whose turn it is to pick the next book.

If you out there in Hub-Land haven't tried, you should. Hours and hours of enjoyment at no cost if you start with the list from the library.

Here are a couple of our favorites, guaranteed to get you hooked, and as funny as can be. Janet Evanovich's Stephany Plum series narrated by Lorelei King, or Elizabeth Peters's set of Amelia Peabody adventures that are narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt. Both come highly recommended and are a total joy to listen to. Not only are they well written but they're narrated just the way you imagine the characters should sound like.

Naturally there are many, many children's Audio-Books available too. My grand-daughters and I always cuddle up with a new one every chance we get. This doesn't take away from the time we actually sit down and read books but I think it enhances their love for books, "no-matter" which shape or form.

You'll find many different companies on-line under Audio-Books or Audio-Book Clubs. There are just too many to list here. Just to mention a few:

Happy reading or listening.....



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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Gypsy Willow so glad you came for a visit. I don't think I could get through a day without listening to some type of audio book. There are just too much handy work that I want to accomplish and way too many books that I need to read. So I combine the two.

      Wow a 100 year old Frister and Rossman sewing machine. Does it have the bobbin underrings or still a shuttle?

      Kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi ZSuzsy I have only just discovered Audio books and I love them. Whenever we go on a journey we have one playing. Janet Evanovitch is a favourite of mine too, so funny. I am a sewer, on an old Frister and Rossman sewing machine about 100 yrs old.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Mp3audiobooks! Thanks for your comment and also for letting me download I really like comedy of most sort.

      Thanks again

      regards Zsuzsy

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      mp3audiobooks 10 years ago from Switzerland

      If you love British humor, feel free to download the free audio book from my shop. (Click my username mp3audiobooks to get there)

      It's all great quality BBC Britsh comedy with well known comedians and acts. Enjoy!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Marisa! I'm not sure what I would do without books. I usually have two or three on the go at the same time...An autobiography because I'm nosey, a serious one that's usually too dry to finish in one sitting, and then the one for fun...As I'm usually busy the fun one most often then not is the Audio-book...and is my lifeline.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Kate Swanson 10 years ago from Sydney

      I miss the days when radio stations used to broadcast serialised book readings, as well as plays and radio dramas. I remember hearing "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier first on the radio - half an hour every morning as I got ready for work, if I recall.

      I don't listen to audio books but I appreciate their value. My dad's eyesight failed badly in his old age, and audio books were his lifeline.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thank you JoAnn! You are my sewing buddy.

      The loves in my life are my Kids and grandbabies, books and sewing I think I have found a way do do all.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      JoAnn Edwards 10 years ago

      Anyone who does that much sewing is a hub friend of mine. Thanks for the comment on my sewing article. Now you have interested me in the books. My son-in-law travels a lot and checks his CD books out from Cracker Barrel. He listens to them on the road and then checks them back in at the next Cracker Barrel after he is finished. I enjoy your articles. JoAnn

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      Zsuzsy Bee 10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Patty

      I just finished "MotorMouth" by Janet Evanovich. What a hoot. My side is still aching from laughing. It's the sequel to Metro Girl. A must for your reading list.

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I love audio books! Thanks for this Hub!

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