When Glenda and I took our big road trip, we took along six or eight audio books to listen to in the car. We have become addicted! Now I rarely listen to the radio anymore. I’m always listening to books; in the car, on my walks, and sometimes while I work. I get them from the library.

Since my 2000 Accord only has a tape deck, I had made my way through a large percentage of the books on tape from both the Mesa and Chandler libraries. When Robin gave me my iPod last spring, I started checking out audio books on CD, ripping them to iTunes and downloading them to my iPod. As soon as I have finished listening to a book, I delete it from my iPod and return the CDs to the library.

Some of my recent favorites are Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, all the Miss Julia books by Ann B. Ross, and The Last Promise by Richard Paul Evans. I just checked out my longest one ever: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. It’s 32 CDs and 41 hours. It’ll probably take me a few weeks to get through it.

If you haven’t discovered the joy of listening to books, I highly recommend it.


  1. We first did that with one that Daryl lent us for our trip home quite a few years ago. We usually have one for our trips to Phoenix but that’s about all we listen to.

  2. I usually just listen when I go on long trips. The problem is that the book rarely matches the length of the trip, so I either get home not knowing the ending, or finish early and have nothing to listen to. At least in that case there is always the radio (except near Calexico…)

  3. HI Donna,
    I am very impressed that you own an ipod, know how to download things from itunes and have figured out the high tech world we live in. That is a great idea. I am not one who enjoys reading so books on tape would be great for me. However, I probably would not be able to hear them over my three kids in the back seat. I will have to remember this for those long trips though, I think my kids would enjoy a children’s book. I had a great time at dinner tonight. It was great to reconnect.

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