05 August 2006

Check out audiobooks from the library before your road trip

Moxie's suggestion for road trip relief:

Travel hack (not nearly as creative as the one from the guy telling people how to make their own CDs for road trips): Most public libraries have a decent selection of books on CD. Borrow a couple children's books and listen to them as you drive on long car trips. This can reduce the fighting over who gets to choose the music, and make everyone enjoy the car time a little more. Last year we listened to Carl Hiaasen's Hoot while we drove all over Minnesota.

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we love audiobooks and we adore podcasts too!


This is so obvious that I can't believe I had never thought of it. I'll definitely have to remember this. Thanks!

A lot of libraries are now starting to offer downloads of audiobooks - you register on the website, then can download an MP3 that self-destructs when the 'loan' is over. One drawback: the downloads don't work with iPods.

Another audio book option is to check out LibriVox at http://www.librivox.org

They have a large selection of audio books read by volunteers from books in the public domain. It works as a perfect compliment to project gutenberg. They have everything from Aesop's Fables and Grimm's Fairy Tales to Chapter Books like Black Beauty, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Velveteen Rabbit and all of the Oz books by Baum. You could even get your kids to create illustrated CD covers and labels for them, and possibly loan them to family and friends when they take road trips as well.

We're planning a long trip later this month and I already have some of the Aesop's Fables downloaded and want do do the same with the Brothers Grimm.

I have a similar suggestion, but a bit pricier. I download books for my 13 year old son from itunes. I never seem to have the time to get to the library or never return the "books" on time. So, I download books from itunes to my son's ipod. That way when we're on car trips, or on an airplane, or he's laying in bed trying to fall asleep he listens to a book.

I think Audio books serves great for folks who find it difficult to go for library and return them on time.

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