A few years ago, I had an unpredictable morning commute that would sometimes take forty minutes and sometimes take nearly two hours. I live in the Washington D.C. area and anyone who has driven on any stretch of the DC Beltway (495) can attest to the fact that traffic there can be absolutely miserable. A couple drops of rain will turn a twenty minute drive into a two hour drive. Many a commuter has found their day basically ruined by a jackknifed tractor trailer. With the confluence of so many major highways, it’s amazing anyone gets anywhere.
At first, my solution to battle this was to listen to the local public radio station (WAMU) for their NPR programming. On particularly long driving days, I found that the programming repeated and the same news segments were being replayed. To battle that, I started to listening to books on tape. At first I relied on the CDs available from our local library, but eventually I had to resort to audio books you could download online – that led me to Audible.com.
Audible.com has been around for what seems like eons in the Internet world but was founded only fifteen years ago in 1995 (that makes them one of the few companies to survive the dot-com bubble burst). You can get books on tape at the library, but you’re limited to their selection (which can vary depending on how good your library is), for free but it probably won’t have the selection you want. Audible.com opens up an entirely new world of “spoken word” books (over 85,000 books) and lets you download it to a device like an iPod. They have all the new releases so you don’t have to fight with the waiting list at your local library and the books are very affordable.
They currently have an offer of a free monthly of their AudibleListener Gold trial which includes one free audiobook, 30% off any audiobook you purchase, plus free daily subscription to The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal. The AudibleListener Gold is their basic plan, they also offer a AudibleListener Platinum service that gives you 2 books a month. You can cancel the service at any time.
Audible was acquired by Amazon.com (AMZN) in 2008 and now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary.
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