For The Love of the Story

May 4, 2017


M Loves M - Intro to Audible

As most of you know, it’s been a challenge being a full-time mama and also trying to maintain all that I love to do with the blog and work.  I get so little time to myself these days, and being able to get away for 20 minutes to read a book is almost impossible.  I know I’ve said this before on the blog, but I LOVE to read. Reading has always been one of my favorite hobbies. When I was little I would say “one more chapter” whenever my parents wanted me to help with chores or go to bed. Reading a book that a movie or TV series is based on before watching the screen adaptation is always a must for me, as well.  To me, there’s something so necessary about having all the background information, descriptions and details that a scripted movie or series can’t include. Maybe it’s the English major nerd in me, but I really love diving all the way in and getting the backstory!

Enter Audible. Audible has allowed me to fit in reading, while also giving that “me time” I’ve desperately craved.  So what am I listening to now? I’m sure most of you have heard of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.  It’s a culturally relevant story that touches on so many interesting hot topics like women’s rights, class-relations, and all those fun/scary dystopian societal issues that I’ve come to love in my novel reading. It also makes me aware of how precious freedom is and how we must guard it as best we can. I don’t want to give away the details of the novel, but trust me, it’s pretty intense and very thought-provoking. I particularly love that Audible released this special edition of the book that gives exclusive content written by Margaret Atwood at the end of the book. The novel extends beyond the original final line, “Are there any questions,” by adding the questions and answers that the people at that Symposium occurring in 2195 might ask. Plus, the book is narrated by one of my favorite actresses, Claire Danes.

I’m super excited to announce that I’m partnering with Audible over the course of the year to share some books that I love with you all. Audible is a brand that I’ve loved (even before working with them) because I’ve been so impressed by how easy it is to still enjoy my love of literature and reading novels without having to have my nose in a book. I’ve enjoyed listening while driving, cooking, and even when I can’t sleep in the middle of the night after being up with the baby.

Have you all tried Audible or have you heard of The Handmaid’s Tale? Once I’m done listening, I’m looking forward to watching it on Hulu. The trailers look super cool and I love the actors in that series. It will be so nice to have some more context from the book too!


P.S. If you’re interested, you can get a free 30 day trial with Audible!

DISCLOSURE: Thank you Audible for partnering with me on this post. All thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own. Thanks for supporting my sponsors!

  • Michelle Joseph

    I’ve never tried Audible but I also love to read. English was my best and favourite subject at school. I think I am more fond of paper copies of books though.

    Mich x

    • I know what you mean! Nothing beats a physical book. I was apprehensive at first to other forms of “reading,” even Kindle but now I’m such a fan! I also got obsessed with podcasts too!

  • Have to try it out:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • The Handmaid’s Tale is on my list to read! Have to finish a couple others first! Audible sounds amazing though. 🙂 xo Devon Seventeen Dresses

    • yes! Audible is so so great! And I think you’ll like this book! It’s soo good so far!

  • I LOVEEE Audible!!! I tried them out late last year through a friend who sent me a book and I’ve been hooked ever since! I was like you too, Mara. “One more chapter!” was what I said often late at night because my parents hated that I was up late reading instead of sleeping, lol! I’ve been reading a ton of personal development books over the last few years so I may have to give some fiction books a try. It’s been ages since I read one! Thanks for the reminder! xo

    She Sweats Diamonds

    • yay so glad you like Audible too! It’s such a great company!

      And I’d love to know which personal development books you’ve enjoyed!! I’ll add some to my list 🙂

      • Agreed! They’re a great company! I loved Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and Loveability by Robert Holden! xo

  • Ashley Diana

    This is such a great way to get through books with a busy mama lifestyle! Thanks for sharing Mara 😘

  • Hasret

    For me it’s often the opposite. If I haven’t already read the book, I will watch the adaptation first (and the adaptation of the Handmaid’s Tale will certainly not disappoint you – amazing show so far!). I’ve been wanting to try Adible for ages but it’s not comfortable for me to walk around/get things done with phone, headphone and an always-getting-in-the-way cord… Do you always listen while resting?

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