Hours Driving on Bumpy Roads Needs Mental Diversion

When we lived in Central Asia and had to travel 3 to 6 hours by car to make our ministry appointments, I needed to stay alert so I didn’t hit the multiple ruts, ram into a horse-drawn cart or hitchhiker, or fly through a check-point which would raise more than eyebrows.

In moments like these, wouldn’t it be nice to have a mental diversion?

One of those diversions could be an Audio Book.  But how do you get those on the Central Asian plain?  Here’s how.  Tap into these websites and do some downloading.  They even have the classics for your kids.  So download those to their i-Pods and you’ve got some peace and quiet in the car on your next trip!

These 3 websites are brought to our attention by Jean Rattner Heilman, writer for AARP magazine.  She writes,

Get audiobooks for free from LibriVox.org, a worldwide digital library with more than 4,000 unabridged classics in the public domain, from Great Expectations to The Return of the Native, plus drama and poetry.

Read by volunteers (you can be one, too), they can be played on your computer, MP3 player, cellphone or, burned to a CD, your car stereo. Free audiobooks are also available through literalsystems.org and audiobooksforfree.com.

Sid Kirchheimer gives a few more tips for the e-reader:  “Amazon’s BookLending.com and Lendle let you borrow and lend Kindle titles for 14 days. You can get free e-books to keep forever at Open Library, Project Gutenberg, Free-ebooks.net and Google’s Reader Store.

Or, with a library card, you can get free e-books and audio books from OverDrive.com.

Don’t own an e-book reader? No worry. You can download special aps onto your laptops, tablet computers and smartphones to let you read to your heart’s content. Check Amazon and Barnes & Noble for these free programs.

Any other resources or ideas you’ve found helpful that you want to pass on to others? Write me:  davidgrissen@gmail.com

About Dave Grissen

David & Sheri Grissen spent 44 years in mission and humanitarian aid work. In 2003 they established Life Impact, a ministry of strengthening Christian workers in hosted centers, called Oases. Presently 12 Oases are functioning. www.LifeImpactMinistries.net. In 2016 they started Fund The Ministry to help missionaries create new funding for their ministries. www.FundTheMinistry.com. They have five married children and fifteen grandchildren.
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