Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Audible Dot Com

What would we do without audible.com?  You all know by now that I think Nebraska is pretty amazing, but even I have to admit that the drive across the state on Interstate 80 can be, well... boring.

That's where audible.com comes in.  Log on, subscribe, and download your favorite audio book.  Upload to your ipod (buy a transmitter device for the car stereo system), and even the longest trip will just fly by.

During our many travels, Mark and I have made it to "Sharpe's Battle", book 12 in the Bernard Cornwell Richard Sharpe series.  It's May 1811, and the British Army is fighting the French on the plains of Spain and Portugal.  As we pulled into the driveway, Captain Richard Sharpe was recovering from the first day of fighting for Fuentes d'Onoro, and facing a court of inquiry where he's being offered as a scapegoat by the British high command to appease the Spanish Junta for an earlier defeat. 

PBS radio has what they call "driveway moments" where you just have to sit in your driveway to finish listening to the story.  Audio books can be like that.  But, with almost four hours to go in a twelve hour audio book, there's not much sense in sitting in the driveway.  Especially since you're looking at another four hour drive in a couple of days. 

We'll just have to wait and see what happens to Captain Sharpe.  Hint... he's made it this far, I'll bet he gets out of this scrape.

The only problem will be that we'll finish Sharpe's Battle just about the time we pull into Denver on Thursday.  Then we'll start another book on the way home, and we're not planning another long drive any time soon.  So when will we get a chance to finish the next book?  I could easily finish it driving back and forth to work, but that just doesn't seem fair.

Hmmmm... such a dilemma.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by.  The coffee is always on.

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