Five Reasons why you Should Listen to Audible

I started listening to Audible a few years ago. I’d been doing a self-awareness course which involved listening to mediations.  I enjoyed the meditations so much I decided to look for more, and that’s how I came across Audible.

Audible is a fabulous seller and producer of audio entertainment. It’s free for the first month and then £7.99 per month afterwards. Each month you get a free download credit which you can use on any book or book collection. I’ve used mine on books worth £15 to £60. You can also get audible versions of your current Kindle downloads for £2.99.

I joined up for my free trial and straight away downloaded a book on meditations. After that I became hooked as I realised all the things I could with Audible. Here are my top five reasons why I love Audible.

1. Meditations

This is how I came to Audible, so it’s mentioned first. When you find a good mediation audio book you can just plug in and relax. It’s an amazing experience and so simply. I’d recommend anyone wanting to try any type of meditation or relaxation to give Audible a try.

Why would you want to meditate? Well, as well as relaxation, meditation has so many other benefits for your body and your mind.

You can find meditations for health, anxiety, sleep problems, mindfulness, self-healing, hypnosis, success, language learning. Practically anything you need.

Personally, I like mindfulness mediations like this one from Vidyamala Birch

2. Get Fit and Healthy

Whether you want to shed some pounds, try a new diet or learn a new exercise regime, Audible has an answer. It’s like listening to your own personal trainer or dietitian.

The cookbooks are great, much better than having a book propped up in your kitchen. No more losing pages and having to search with sticky fingers, or losing space on your worktop. Now you can have the recipes and instructions sent straight to your earbuds. Easy to follow, less mess, more space and no more running back and forth to read the next step.

Or if you are looking for a new way of exercise, why not listen to some motivational books to get you moving? Sometimes just hearing about how someone else has achieved their health goals can be incredibly inspiring.

Or maybe you’d like to improve your sleep patterns, or just learn the best ways to look after your body?

There is so much to find on Audible Like Tip The Scale; Introduction to Body Weight

3. Fiction

When I worked in the public library, we would load boxes of cassettes for people to listen to fiction on. They were mostly borrowed by old people or those with visual impairments. I never really imagined myself enjoying listening to fiction but Audible has given me a new love of books.

I can listen while I’m relaxing, crocheting, cleaning, I never have to worry about carrying a book around. I especially love to listen when I’m in hospital, I can sit back in my chair and block out the noise while becoming engrossed in another world. I don’t have to worry about holding a book up if I’m reading in bed, or even having the light on!

I love listening to a good story and with Audible you can listen to an excerpt to make sure you are happy with the narrator. You also get a taste of the story, just like reading the blurb on the back.

One of my favourite listens last year was Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

4. Plays/Performance

Want something a little more than storytelling? Audible offers, often exclusive, dramatisations. I loved listening to Terry Pratchett’s Unseen Academicals. Narrated by David Jason, John Culshaw, Matthew Horne, Josie Lawrence and Jaime Winston. It was a real fun listen and I’m now looking forward to listening to Good Omens.

There are plenty of other dramatisations to choose from, like Ruth Rendell, John Le Carre, P.D. James, Jane Austen to name but a few.

Or for no extra cost you can even tune into podcasts, there are so many to choose from and many of them are Audible originals. Maybe you’d like to listen to some comedy from the likes of Ricky Gervais or The Lost Voice Guy. Or you could tune into some Investigative Journalism or Health and Personal Development.

5. Educational

Have you ever fancied learning a new language, then Audible has the resources for learning most languages from French to Japanese. You can find something to listen to on most subjects from geography to science. And don’t forget the podcasts to back up the information.

Audible is also helpful for learning new skills like parenting, finances, self-improvement and many more.

Reading books can seem like a chore sometimes so why not top up the learning process with some listening.

And There is More!

  • Whispersinc for voice lets you switch between Audible and Kindle, so you can listen or read at any time without losing your place.
  • Adjustable listening speed lets you choose a pace that is comfortable for you, from 0.5x to 3.0x
  • The Sleep Timer lets you choose a time for the narration to end so you don’t lose your place, or fall asleep while listening.
  • Bookmark, keeps your place or saves places you may wish to return to later.

I love Audible, whatever I’m listening to I can have it on my phone, tablet, kindle, laptop, it doesn’t matter. I just pop in my earphones and I’m off on some adventure. I get excited when my credit pops up each month, but I also take advantage of other offers that are for members only that appear regularly.

Why not give audible a try, it’s free for your first month

For the Love of Writing – NCC Home Learning review

I was asked if I’d like to try a course from NCC Home Learning. The NCC is an online and paper home learning course provider. It offers a wide range of courses in different sections. For example: The Industry section which contains courses like Teaching, Business, Accounts and Marketing.
The Career related section which contains courses like Beautician, Life Coach or Personal Assistant.
The Interest section with courses like Autism Awareness, Geneology and Languages.
You can also choose your course by which type of certificate you’d like to achieve at the end.

Currently the NCC has 30% off the cost of all courses during January, it’s a great time to get started.

I have always believed in life long learning. I left school and went straight into work but since then I’ve completed A ‘level’s and a degree without going down the normal routes and while still working. I often spend my time learning something new. Last year I spent three months learning about human values and which ones are most important to me by doing The Activation Game.

If there is something I’ve always wanted to do, it’s write. As a child I would write stories and poems, I loved creative writing classes at school and I’ve written quite a few short stories as an adult.
I do write a lot of non fiction now but have a desire to write fiction again. To really get into it and maybe even produce a full length story.
This year I’m so please to be learning all about Creative Writing with the NCC Home Learning Course. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m really excited.

I’ve already started my course and have just completed the first unit. On signing in you get to access all the modules of the course. I’m assuming that different course will involve different types of work and interaction. Some courses are online only some involve paper work which is sent by post. You are assigned a tutor that will help you with the work and mark your assignments. At the end of the course you get a certificate, or qualification depending on which course you choose.

Deciding on doing a home learning course means you have to be self disciplined and work out a study timetable. The suggest time for learning is 10 hours per week but this varies from course to course. You can speak to someone from NCC home learning before you begin to discuss the time and commitment that will be needed for the course you are interested in. Home learning does offer you flexibility and you can choose when you have the time to learn and how long it takes you to fit in the work required for the course. It’s Your personal time table.

Some courses require you to sit an exam at a registered centre in proper exam conditions. Some courses are assignment based.
The cost of the course varies on which course you choose to do, they vary by amount of material that needs to be provided and the qualification requirements. The prices of each course are always made clear before you make a payment.

Your personal tutor is provided for 12 months but this can be extended if you need it to be. You tutor can be contacted by phone, e-mail, fax or post for help and advice and they will mark your assignments throughout the course.

I’ll be sure to let you know how I get on with my Creative Writing Course. Who knows, maybe I do have a book inside of me?

Is there anything you’d really like to learn? Maybe a photography course, or a new language, or something completely different. I’d love to know in the comments.

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.