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Turn Your Ears Up

October 4th, 2012 at 09:15 am

I have an anxiety disorder, which mainly manifests at work and stress about getting into trouble at work and then getting yelled at and/or fired.

I also have a 40 minute commute each way, and yes, these two things are very related.

In my 40 minute commute, I have way too much time for the hamster wheel in my brain to spin, and it goes around and around about what could go wrong that day (on my way in) or what did go wrong (on the way home).

I'm medicated, which helps reduce the spinning, but more than anything else, audiobooks are my savior on the long drives.

Audiobooks give me enough to focus on that I don't have any extra brain cells to focus on the spinning of the wheel.

I've been getting most of my audiobooks online - generally through amazon or the free ones through [url=http://librivox.org/], which has all kinds of books in the public domain free for download. I've also been gifted some, gotten some from the library, and found a few online in other places.

I've listened to some I've really liked, some I've tolerated, and a few I've just given up on in irritation or disgust. I couldn't finish The Da Vinci Code during to hysterical laughter over the eight thousand things Sophie was keeping in the pockets of her sweater, for example.

I would love some suggestions of books or places to look for books. I mostly tend to stick to science fiction, fantasy, young adult novels, and "chick lit." I don't want anything political, or anything that will make me yell at my radio.

Any suggestions would be awesome!

3 Responses to “Turn Your Ears Up”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    Gravity by Tess Gerritsen is a great audio book. It's a sci-fi/medical thriller that takes place partially on the space station. I got it from the library. There's a bit too much swearing for my liking, but the story was really good. My son has been listening to The 39 Clues series of novels. We listened to the first three of them as a family on vacation and were all fascinated by them. They consider them to be children's novels (main characters are 14 and 11) but they are very well done, full of mystery and intrigue and danger and adventure and history. They were available either on CD or on playaway from our library. Have you encountered playaways? They can be plugged in similar to a MP3 player to your sound system in your car.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Any books by Douglas Adams (Universe books) would be good I think.

  3. Looking Forward Says:

    Have you read/heard George RR Martin? "Game of Thrones" (Ice and Fire series) Love it!

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