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Sunday Salon: Read me a story…

February 8, 2009

The Sunday Salon.comAs regular readers might know, I really enjoy audiobooks. I use them largely as an amelioration of and incentive to do otherwise unpleasant or painfully boring tasks – going to the gym, folding laundry, cleaning, mindless tasks at work, running errands – it adds up to a lot of time that can be reclaimed for reading. However, I also really like them when I can’t sleep… I put one on, with the volume low, and it’s like having someone read me a bedtime story – 9 times out of 10, I’m conked out long before the sleep timer on my iPod finishes its 15-minute countdown.

Unfortunately, this is not such a good thing when I’m listening to a new book instead of an old favorite. This morning, I woke up at my normal weekday wake-up time, which is not all *that* early, but still feels pretty ungodly when coupled with my normal weekend going-to-bed time. And I was *really* awake, too… couldn’t doze back off again. So, I decide that since I was so awake, I may as well stay in my comfy warm bed and listen to the last 40 minutes of my audiobook that I didn’t have time to finish yesterday…


Yeah, so, I’ve currently got about 37 minutes of Shadowbridge by Gregory Frost to (re)listen to today. :)

6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 8, 2009 12:04 pm

    That sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday morning!

  2. February 8, 2009 12:07 pm

    Have fun catching up with your story! I like to listen to audiobooks when I drive, but can’t listen to them much at home because of the kids. So I watch movies or tv as incentive when I exercise. If I’m not doing something else to take my mind off of it, it seems to last forever.

  3. February 8, 2009 12:13 pm

    Debbie – I certainly enjoyed it!

    Alyce – I like audiobooks while driving, but my commute is currently about 6 minutes each way, so if I didn’t have other times to listen, I’d never finish anything!

  4. February 8, 2009 10:35 pm

    I only discovered audiobooks a few months ago, and now I can’t go without a book in my iPod. I listen to them when I’m at work, when I’m walking the dog, when I’m jumping on my mini-trampoline. I end up enjoying the task I’m doing a lot more. :]

  5. February 9, 2009 1:47 pm

    I have a hard time falling sleep unless I listen to an audiobook before bed. There’s something very soothing about having someone read to me. I usually listen to books I’ve already read, though. I inevitably fall asleep with the iPod on, and I’ve discovered that I wake up several times per night, with the iPod still on. Nothing like waking up to spoilers!

    I also love listening to audiobooks in the car. I thought it would be distracting at first, but I’ve discovered that I actually get more distracted by music. (You can’t sing along with an audiobook.)

  6. February 9, 2009 2:03 pm

    Chayenne – The best is when I’ve found an audiobook that I am into enough that I start making excuses to do more cleaning, and actually want to go to the gym, just so I’ll have an excuse to listen to more of it!

    Ruth – It’s great to hear that there are other people out there who are using audiobooks to fill in the “bedtime stories” gap! I’ll either make a smart playlist with just one chapter on it, or else use the sleep timer so my iPod doesn’t go all night, but there have definitely been times when I’ve forgotten and woken up at 3 in the morning wondering who’s talking to me!

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