Historically I have not been a huge consumer of audiobooks. I tend to like to read the book rather than listen to the narration. I have listened to audiobooks in the past, however. Most recently I started listening to the book What Would Napoleon Hill Do? I found this 12-disc CD audiobook at Half Price Books for $9.99.
Here is the challenge. The only convenient place I can play CDs is in my car, and I don't drive around that much. So, in order to make steady progress I needed a better solution.
It turns out my fancy iMac I bought several years ago does not have a CD drive, but at some point I had purchased an external USB CD drive. I decided I would rip all the tracks to have them digitally on my computer and in turn on my iPhone.
Everything worked fine except for one problem. As far as iTunes goes, it thinks these are albums just like any other albums rather than audiobooks. I started listening to the first disc and stopped somewhere in the middle. In the meantime, I was listening to some music. Later in the week I went back to listen to the audio book and I did not have the place where I left off. Apparently there is a way to convert the files to be treated like an audiobook so I can add bookmarks. Seems like a lot of trouble, so I will just remember where I left off or listen to an entire disc in one sitting. Not ideal.
A friend of me raved about an audiobook he listened to on the Audible platform (an Amazon company). I decided to research how this works. Apparently you pay a monthly membership fee of $14.95, which gives you access to ONE audiobook of your choice and two "Amazon originals." Wait, so I'm paying a membership and on top of that if I want more than one book per month I need to pay for those too? This sounds like paying for a gym membership and all the machines are coin-operated.
There is a free trial, so I decided to sign up and see what the fuss is about. After all, I can blow through a lot more books listening to them rather than reading them. The new experiment begins.
The first audiobook you ask? Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins