Audiobooks: Where to find them and what to do while listening

Audiobooks have been a staple for my family ever since I was little. Whenever a road trip was on the agenda, we would head over to the local library and run over to the audiobooks section. We’d all hunt through the discs, looking for something to catch our interest. Usually we’d hit the road with about ten audiobooks shoved in between the driver’s seat and the passenger’s seat. But I’ve learned that audiobooks are perfect for a million different scenarios, not just road trips. It’s taken me some time to figure out where to find audiobooks and what to do while listening. So, I figured I’d share my tips with you.

Where to find them:

The library. My local public library allows me to borrow both CD and downloadable audiobooks. The downloadable audiobooks can either be streamed online or downloaded through the Libby app or Overdrive. The library actually has a huge selection, so if you’re willing to wait a couple of days, depending on the book, I would definitely suggest this free source.
I know that some libraries might be different, but no worries, there’s other options.

Spotify. I recently found that if you look up audiobook playlists on Spotify, there’s plenty of books that look like songs, but are just split into three or four sections. Shorter books just look like one song. I’ve found Pride and Prejudice, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, Anne of Green Gables, etc. Mostly classics, but still awesome!

Amazon. You can buy any audiobook from the large selection directly from the amazon website. But this can get pricey. We have Amazon Prime which allows me to find some audiobooks for free. But now that Audible is available, the Prime options have been slimmed down. Audible is a really great service and not too expensive, especially if you don’t have audiobook options at your local library. If you have doubts or questions about Audible, check out this review:

Free websites. There are a few sites where you can find audiobooks to download or stream for free, don’t worry it’s legal. Here’s a list of different sites where you can find them: Librivox, Loyal Books, MindWebs, Project Gutenberg, and you can find more websites at this site. The only downside is that some books are volunteer read, which means that the voice will change every two chapters or so. Also, you might get a spiel; “This is a Librivox recording. It is in the public domain, etc.” every time you start a new chapter. But, it’s free!

What to do while listening:

Prep for your day. Get dressed, do your hair, brush your teeth, etc. and play an audiobook in the background. A spark of creativity for your day and it’s a great way to get a little bit of reading in every day.

Get active. Go for a stroll through your neighborhood or at a nearby park. Hop on your bicycle or even throw on some rollerskates. If you’re a workout person, head over to the gym and listen to your audiobook.

Color. I’m getting into the new adult coloring craze. I got two different books, Fantastic Cities and AIC’s Color the Classics. It keeps your hands busy while still allowing you to pay attention to your story.

Relax. Something I like to do while listening to a book is just chillaxing in my hammock. If you live by the beach or have a backyard lawn chair, sit out in the sun, close your eyes, and listen.

Puzzles. I haven’t tried this yet, because I don’t have any jigsaw puzzles at home right now. But it sounds like a lot of fun.

Eat. I don’t know how many times I’ve sat down to eat, frustratingly trying to flip pages in between bites, it’s a little complicated. Audiobooks are the solution. When you’re not having a family meal, listening to a book can be nice entertainment to accompany your food.

Craft. I love scrapbooking, drawing, and am learning cross-stitch. You could crochet, knit, paint, make jewelry, whatever craft suits your fancy and still allows you to focus on your book.

Chores. I know, I know, why did I have to bring up work. But listening to an audiobook can be a little burst of fun while doing something productive. Do some laundry, wash dishes, sweep floors, etc.

Take a road trip! This is my favorite thing to do while playing an audiobook. Even if you don’t have a seven hour drive planned, taking a drive around town can be a fun excursion.

Let me know:

  • Where do you find your audiobooks?
  • What do you like to do while listening?

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Zach Nelson says:

    Cool post 👌 I recently discovered that Libby asks you if you want to renew a book one your last couple days of the loan. I like to listen to them while grilling or driving.


    1. Sweet! I’ll have to try that out. That’s a good point, you can listen to a book whenever you’re driving, commuting to work, school, etc. Even if you’re not on a trip😉


  2. 52ivorykeys says:

    Neat ideas! Also, some podcast apps offer free audio books:)


    1. That’s a really good idea, I haven’t tried that yet. Thanks for the suggestion!


  3. jeremyjames says:

    I didn’t know about spotify books…good call


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