I think I’ve mentioned either here or on Twitter and Facebook that I’ve started listening to audiobooks lately. I’ve never been a huge fan of them – they just never sucked me in the way written books do – but I must have been listening to the wrong type of book. Apparently, as far as audiobooks are concerned, nonfiction is my genre. I’m almost finished with my third book this month. That’s insane considering one of my arguments against listening to audiobooks was that it would take me months to listen to a 10+ hour audiobook. I have no freaking idea how I’ve listened to, so far, 30 hours in a single month. Well, I am listening to them at 1.5 speed, but the only time I turn the books on is when I’m running errands or cleaning, and since my house is pretty much a disaster, that last one isn’t happening much.
Anyway, I’m happy I’m fitting in time for audiobooks. The three I’ve read so far are all written by Navy Seals. I started with NO EASY DAY by Mark Owen then went on to SEAL TEAM 6 by Howard Wasdin and am almost finished with LONE SURVIVOR by Marcus Luttrell. And you guys, that last book is breaking my heart. I cried during the prologue and at least three times since then. This book hurts. It also makes me angry. Very angry.
I highly recommend all three audiobooks. In fact, I think they should be on a required reading list. Just select one of them so you can understand what these men go through. It’s insane. I don’t know how they do it, but I’m incredibly grateful they do. I feel safer knowing men like these exist. We read about fictional heroes every day – men and women who can kick serious ass – but we believe they only exist in our books. They don’t. If you read or listen to what some of these Navy SEALS go through, you’ll see how incredibly brave and loyal and patriotic they are, and you’ll believe they have superpowers, too.
I’ve become a huge fan of Audible. It’s so easy to use. I’ve tried in the past to download audiobooks from the library, but it was always so aggravating. Either the books wouldn’t transfer correctly, or they wouldn’t transfer as audiobooks and I’d have to search for the chapters and put them in the correct order. It just wasn’t worth the time and the frustration. The user friendliness of Audible makes it worth the monthly fee, IMO. Now, I just have to decide if I need to up my subscription. I never, ever thought I’d listen to more than one book a month!