With all the different types of entertainment today, it’s really hard to make time to read. I’m always trying to stay up to date on all the latest TV show, movies, and entertainment news; reading always seems to take the back-burner. When I started my new job earlier this year, I decided to make the most of my 30 minute commute by trying out audiobooks.
In 4 months, I’ve already been through 8 books! I didn’t realize how much time I spent in the car! I’ve found that I like books read by the authors best, especially ones that are celebrity memoirs. It’s always a good start to my day to hear a funny story or two. Listening to these books also make any long commutes to see friends or family more bearable.
Here’s two options I’ve discovered when it comes to audiobooks:
1. Audible – Amazon’s audiobook service and app. The books can be $20-30 each! If you sign up for a plan and pay monthly, it’s $14.95 each month. This gets you a credit for one book. If you choose to buy any additional books, there is a discounted rate. You can find basically any book you want and read reviews about it. Though, if you go through books quickly, it gets pricey.
2. Overdrive (through LA Public Library) – I was talking to someone about Audible recently and they were like “Why don’t you just use the library?” Who would’ve thought?! I signed up online, got an electronic library card, and downloaded the Overdrive app. Basically, you can browse the library catalog online and check out the audiobooks. It’s all free and your check outs will sync to the app on your phone. Though it’s cost efficient, I’ve found that it’s hit or miss with which audiobooks they carry. Also, you might have to wait a bit for a book to become available.
I’ve been utilizing a marriage of the two systems, which is working great! I’ve knocked out so many reads on my Amazon Wish List. Here’s a few books I’ve listened to that I recommend:
- Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe – If you’re a film buff like me and love hearing about the movie industry, this book is for you! Rob reads it himself and it was amazing to hear him tell about his beginnings as an actor, his darkest times, and finding love. I’m excited to listen to his 2nd book soon as well!
- Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson – I found myself laughing out loud constantly listening to Jenny’s stories. In the reviews, I read a few times people saying not to listen to this while driving because you’ll be laughing too hard! So true!
- Still Foolin’ ‘Em by Billy Crystal – Another great comedic listen. Billy talks about his days starting in stand-up, transitioning to films, family life, and growning old. Some of his stories are read to a live audience. I believe this audiobook was nominated for a Grammy, so you can only imagine how good it must be!
- Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris – I’ve always wanted to read a David Sedaris book, so I thought this was finally my chance! He reads with such sarcasm and wit, that you genuinely feel engrossed in his stories. His minor frustrations with everyday occurrences were something I related to and laughed along with!
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler – This was my first celebrity audiobook and the one that got me hooked. I really think hearing the book read by Amy herself is the best way to experience the book. Although I read Tina Fey’s and Mindy Kaling’s books on paper, I’m sure those ones would’ve been twice as good if I listened to them like Amy’s.
Tip: Under no circumstances do I recommend listening to Carrie Fisher’s book, Wishful Drinking. I think it was the worst reading I’ve heard, she sounded like a crazy person throughout!