Audio books have been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a child I used to have my bedtime story read to me by my parents but then I loved to listen to story tapes as I fell asleep. I still sometimes do that to this day, although I tend to fall asleep a lot faster these days. Sleep timers are a wonderful invention.
Mostly though, I listen to them when I am doing something which would normally mean I couldn’t read. Like driving – it is frowned upon to read a physical book behind the wheel! Audio books definitely make the journey more interesting.
I recently discovered the Libby app at my library which allows me to borrow audio books (and e-books if I want them) and download them onto my phone. It has revolutionised my listening and I have found books I had never heard of before. Since I got the app I have been listening to a huge number of cosy crime books – specifically the Needlecraft Mysteries by Monica Ferris and the Booktown Mysteries by Lorna Barrett. I have been devouring them and loving every minute. I am not alone either – the newest Booktown Mystery has a six month waiting list! It is wonderful to see any form of library so well used.