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June is Audiobook Month


June is Audiobook Month!

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June is audiobook month. I am a SERIOUS audiobook addict. Any moment I’m not working, I’m listening. I can carry on conversations and go about my day with the book still going, rarely having to rewind as long as it’s not an involved conversation. I mean, I take breaks, of course lol. My husband likes to talk occasionally. 😉 But even with the people who enable my habit (thank you, by the way 😊), with my Audible membership, and with whispersync audio so I never actually pay full price for an audiobook, it can be an expensive habit. However, it’s worth EVERY penny to my sanity.

I have thousands of kindle books lol, but even when I have the book itself, I get upset and just say, “oh well,” if I can’t find the audio. Reading used to be my absolute favorite thing in the world to do. When my job made it hard to differentiate between work and pleasure reading, listening became a lifeline I grasped with both hands. (It’s harder to hear mistakes, though I still find myself hearing them more the longer I listen lol).

Listening takes books and makes them into movies in my head–complete with different character voices if the narrator is good. (I only listen to good narrators. If I can’t handle the person’s voice, I can’t make it through the book. That is one of the only downs to audio. The other is that not every book is available on audio.)

Audio, just as paper or electronic books used to do (and still do in work), transport me out to places I’ve never been and takes me on adventures that leave me reeling. The best thing about audio is that you don’t have to just sit and take hours doing nothing. You can clean while surviving the apocalypse, you can walk the track while sailing the high seas, you can drive while falling in love with a new character, and you can sit through your kids many practices and games “watching” with the secret earbud in your ear while you find the cure for the zombie outbreak.

I always thought I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on them. That because my brain never stops, I wouldn’t comprehend them. It was a challenge at first. It’s something you have to kind of teach yourself. And depending on your mood, some days are harder than others. But eight times out of ten, it’s a seamless connection. One that calms my heart rate, soothes my worries, sweeps away my stress, and allows my brain to find the peace it needs.

If you have an anxious brain or one that never stops with the worrying, what haves, what might bes, what you need to do, what everyone else needs, etc, audio is like a Xanax. It’s allows for me time with a simple slip of a bud in your ear. With only one in, you can stay attuned to the world, listen to your kids, answer questions, and live a normal life. But when you get the rare chance to slip them both in, it’s a transportation to a place that only exists in the ether of you and the words. It’s bliss.

Audio has transformed all the mundane parts of my life that were usually filled with my brain on overdrive into enjoyable tasks (well, cleaning is never enjoyable lol, but a book makes it bearable 😉). It opened up more opportunities to experience new things. It got me off the couch in my spare time.

This month, I challenge you to try an audiobook. Pick one you’ve wanted to read, listen to the sample and make sure the narrator is a great one, or ask for recommendations. Keep an open mind and slip on the headphones. (Wireless ones where you can choose to put in one or both buds are the best.) Escape to another world while you do your chores or on your commute. Let me know how you like it. ‪#‎audiobookmonth‬ ‪#‎iloveaudio‬

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My recommendations for audiobooks are:

Until the End of the World is free on Amazon, so don’t use these series as your free Audible credits if you are a new member. It is whispersync ready, which means if you buy the kindle book for $0.00, you get the audio for a reduced rated. I think it was like $2.99 after buying the eBook. The whole series is amazing. I think they are all also whispersync ready. However, the novella, So Long, Lollipops, is FREE on Audible, but $0.99 on Amazon, so don’t buy it on Amazon. Don’t listen to it first either. It has to be listened to after the first book.

 

 

 

The Lunar Chronicles is also an amazing series that you must check out. The narrator is so good. If you are new to Audible, these are the books you should get for free when you sign up.

 

 

 

 

Of course, anybody who knows me knows I LOVE Harry Potter. The audio of the books is amazing. Even if you have read the books, you must listen to them. It is a whole new experience altogether.


 

 

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EDITING SERVICES


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My pledge is to treat your book with the respect it deserves, working with you to polish your dream into a reality. Everything from proofreads to detailed copy edits, and even money-saving packages, I can give you the best service possible at an affordable price.

With a BA in English and four years of experience in the field of editing, I have the professional skills needed to help you shape your manuscript into a publication-ready book. I can also help with blurb critique and editing, query letters, and any other type of publisher or agent communication.

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Belated International Literacy Day


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