June, The Kindle, Does Audible
Four kids equates to a lot of noise. When I had fewer children, we had set “quiet times.” But managing that has become complicated. Don’t ask.
Feet wiggle. Somehow bottoms end up on top of heads. Arm hair tickles someone’s leg. Gum ends up behind a ear. Books drop, which leads to wandering feet. Strife.
Over lunch farts, poop, and snot are the frequent topics of conversation.
How To Get A (Mostly) Quite House . . . or calm feet
Enter Audible on Kindle. The app is free (and you can still earn $1 towards MP3’s over on Amazon when you install this app). Initially I did not want to take on a subscription. But then Cheeseslave wrote this amazing post on how she uses Audible, and I was hooked (though I can’t find the defining post).
So . . . I’m an Audible subscriber. I have a Gold Membership (whew-hoo). This means I spend $14.95 per month which gives me essentially:
- one free book a month
- 30% off all audiobooks
- an audio subscription to The New York Times or Wall Street Journal (not that I have used it.)
- an occasional free book that I might listen to that Audible offers to subscribers
- alerts to Audible’s GREAT sales
What Does Audible Look Like on the Kindle?
How to Use Audible on your Kindle
- Create an account on Audible (it is an Amazon company, which makes the task simple).
- Pick your free book and go through the check-out process . . . even though you aren’t paying money for it.
- Download the Audible app from Amazon to your Kindle. (It will automatically be sent to your Kindle, the next time you turn it on.)
- Log in to Audible from your Kindle using your new account you created over at Audible.
- Download your new books – you can also purchase books from the Audible Kindle app.
- Attach to your sound system at home or these amazing portable speakers (thanks Carisa). When we are in the car, the kids just hold the Kindle and listen – this usually happens when I have some phone calls to make.
An Audible Coupon For My Readers
(Just click on the below text– it is my affiliate link . . . I figured that if I am going to use Audible, talk about it, have it our school room and car, I might as well earn money talking about it.):
Free audio books:
- StoryNory, a delightful website featuring free audio books for kids!
- Books Should Be Free
- Project Gutenberg (the first producer of free books, or so their website says)
- Librophile, audiobooks and eBooks for free (nice set up)
- Open Culture: 450 Free Audio Books (I have not used this website before.)
- Free Classic Audiobooks (even some French and Spanish titles)
- Learn Out Loud: 5,000 audio and video titles
- Audio Books for Free (features a filter tool)
How Do You Use Free Audio Books?
I avoid the hassle and that is why I use Audible. BUT . . .
I have downloaded them to my computer and then uploaded them to my Amazon Cloud Drive.
Sometimes it has worked to send the MP3 file via the email linked to my Kindle.
What books have you listened to on you Kindle?
I forgot to mention . . . we use Audible and the free audiobooks to listen to our school read-alouds during lunch. I can’t stand talking about farting (though I like my Fart app.) Our current audiobook is Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
Please see what some of my other girlfriends are writing about:
- 5 Days of Bonding with Your Daughter from Sade at Sade Tagbo
- 5 Days of Homesteading from Connie at Smockity Frocks
- 5 Days of Decluttering from Lisa at Chaos Appreciation
- 5 Days of Homeschooling for the Busy Family from Jenilee at Our Goodwin Journey
- 5 Days of Homeschooling Pre-K from Lauren at Mama’s Learning Corner
- 5 Days of Homeschooling in the Military from Aadel at These Temporary Tents
- 5 Days of Kindle in the Classroom from Jodi at Granola Mom 4 God
- 5 Days of Return of the Routine from Tricia at Hodge Podge
- 5 Days of Homeschooling a Special Needs Child from LaToya at Christian Momma
- 5 Days of Crafts from Rebecca at Mom’s Mustard Seeds
- 5 Days of Oven-Free Dinners from Tabitha at Meet Penny
- 5 Days of Freezer Cooking from Stacie at Motherhood on a Dime
- 5 Days of Family Games from Christine at Fruit in Season
- 5 Days of Camping Tips from Jenny at Planner Perfect
- 5 Days of Educational Apps from Kim at Not Consumed
- 5 Days of Real-World Math from Joan at Our School at Home
- 5 Days of Summer Un-School from Jamie at Unlikely Homeschool
- 5 Days of Using Your Slow Cooker from Sarah at Sidetracked Sarah
- 5 Days of Summer Survival from Susann at Momma Hopper
- 5 Days of Creative Co-op Classes from Ami at Walking by the Way