If you need inspiration for a last minute gift, look no farther. I have a suggestion for a gift that will always be the perfect size, requires no delivery time, and doesn’t even need to be wrapped. Give a one year subscription or book credits to Audible, an audiobook service provided by Amazon. There are over 180,000 audio books to choose from to download to your smartphone or tablet. The first audio book is free, after that, subscribers receive a credit for one audiobook a month and 30% off any additional downloads for a monthly fee of $14.95. You can cancel at any time, but your downloads are yours to keep. Audible is a cognate in French, pronounced aw-deeb-luh. There are almost 5,000 French language titles on Audible, so you can practice your language skills or get lost in a book by your favorite Gallic author.
I walk to and from school during clement weather – about a mile and a half each way. I heard about Audible at a time when my iPod had just died, so I was interested to try something that would pass the time in a productive and entertaining way. I have to admit that I didn’t really love my first download. It was a non-fiction work and the narrator had a robotic style that did not enhance the information at all. I’m a good way through my second download at the moment and am thoroughly enjoying it. I picked a book I’ve been wanting to read, All the Light We Cannot See, a novel set in France during the Occupation. It’s an engaging story, well read by the narrator. My walk flies by as I listen to it. Once the weather in New England gets severe, the only place I will walk will be on a treadmill, which can get dull in a hurry. Perhaps Audible will get me through the winter with my fitness intact and ready to hit the streets of Paris.