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Making Good Use of Time

February 6th, 2012

Mr Chiots and I love listening to audiobooks while we’re on long car trips. We usually try to pick a few that are relevant to the trip itself, the areas we’ll be driving through, the places we’re visiting, important people from the are, and books about history from the area. In the fall of 2010 when we traveled through New England we listened to Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck. It’s the perfect traveling audio book since it’s all about his travels around the United States. We also listened to Walden by Henry David Thoreau since we were planning on visiting his little cabin.

On our way out west this past summer, we listened to Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Steven Ambrose which explains in great detail the Lewis & Clark expedition. This was the perfect book for this journey because we traveled much the same route that they took and saw the names of rivers and mountains along our route. We also listened to O Pioneers! by Willa Cather. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand was started, but we didn’t get through it all by the time we got home. We have yet to finish it.

Since we enjoy post-apocalyptic books and movies, One Second After by William R. Forstchen kept us riveted during one of our LONG days of driving through Wisconsin and North Dakota. During out 26 hours of driving to Maine and back this past week we listened to The Hunger Games and caught up on a podcast we enjoy listening to.

We still have a few audio books on deck, mainly for our trip to Florida later this spring. They certainly are a great way to pass the time and, when you choose the right book, to learn something about the area while you’re driving. It’s a great way to make use of that time when you can’t do much else. I don’t like audio books any time but when I’m in the car. Mr Chiots loves them and listens to them all day long when he’s coding websites.

Have you ever listened to an audio book? Any great historical books or books related to geographic regions to recommend?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.