Upping Our Audiobook Game

Do you like to listen to audiobooks? Check out these tips and suggestions for how to add a little pizazz to your audiobook experience!

Around here we love read-aloud time … in theory.  The things that make actual, in-practice read aloud time challenging are …

  • When Mama is tired and is all “talked-out” for the day.
  • When Mama is holding a Ninja Toddler and has to juggle boy and book.  (The laws of physics do not allow Mama to keep the boy close enough to wrangle and the book close enough to read while also keeping them each separate from each other.)
  • When Mama would like the read aloud to somehow happen while she is making lunch.
  • When Mama would like the read aloud to happen while she is in another room, preferably with her eyes closed. 😉

Do you like to listen to audiobooks? Check out these tips and suggestions for how to add a little pizazz to your audiobook experience!

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Enter: Audiobooks

Of course, we’ve had books on CD for a long time.  But then we’ve had the struggle of scratching and losing CDs.  Recently we’ve fallen in love with digital audiobooks!  Our two best sources for Audiobooks have been Overdrive (which we are able to access for free with our library cards) and Audible.

Green EmberThere are so many fantastic titles on Audible.  Right now, for example, we are working our way through The Green Ember with The Black Star of Kingston on deck next.  Both titles are only $1.99 each at the time of this writing. (Note: You do not have to have an Audible membership in order to purchase and listen to Audible audiobooks, but there are perks and discounts that come with membership.  If you are going to use the link above for the two free audiobooks , definitely pick something pricier than $1.99!)

But my point here wasn’t actually to recommend audio book titles.  (For more of those, check out this excellent post.)  Rather, I wanted to share some of the little gadgets and devices that have kicked our audiobook experience up a notch!  Neither our computers nor our phones have sufficient volume to play stories above the din of toddlers and other general mayhem.

Speakers

Omaker and CaseWe got an Omaker Bluetooth Speaker and it has been perfect.  It connects wirelessly with our phones and wired-ly with my laptop (which isn’t cool enough to have Bluetooth).  It charges via USB, so no changing out batteries!  (Woot!)  If I’m playing audiobooks from my phone, the speaker can sit in the middle of the table (surrounded by kids) and I can play and pause from my phone while standing at the stove or sink!

We also snagged a Caselings Hard Case, which has the perfect little stretchy pocket for holding the USB charging cord and audio cable.  Plus, with a USB wall charger or a USB cigarette adapter (the same kinds of adapters you probably use for your phone charging cord) you can charge it anywhere!  And, since it’s waterproof, it’s protected if, you know, anything ever spilled at the table while we were listening to our lunch time stories. Not that this ever happens at my home, of course.  I was simply speaking theoretically.

Do you like to listen to audiobooks? Check out these tips and suggestions for how to add a little pizazz to your audiobook experience!

 

Headphones

Panda HeadphonesMy children are audiobook nuts.  They love listening to audio stories and would spend all day doing it if I let them!  But since they are all often listening to different stories, we’ve needed to invest in some headphones.  We’ve owned a bunch of different children’s headphones and, with six headphone-users some sets haven’t lasted very long.  But we’ve loved these Caliphone headphones, which we’ve had for nearly two years.  Yes, we bought the six-pack, which averaged out to under $10 a pair, but you can also buy them in ones or twos.  Or, have fun and go for a tiger, panda, or bear!

Do you like to listen to audiobooks? Check out these tips and suggestions for how to add a little pizazz to your audiobook experience!

Splitters

 

Belkin SplitterOf course, sometimes several children do want to listen to the same audiobook or story.  In this case, all you need is a headphone splitter.  We have one like this for two-way sharing.  But when many littles want to hear the same story, we bring out this awesome Belkin Multi Splitter!  Both of these splitters work with the standard small audio plugs on these headphones.  In fact, you could even plug one of the double splitters into the multi-splitter for extra multi-ness!

Do you like to listen to audiobooks? Check out these tips and suggestions for how to add a little pizazz to your audiobook experience!

Happy listening!  What audiobook titles or gadgets has your family discovered and enjoyed?  Please do share!

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