For The Long Trek into Town

TractorWhen we moved out here to the country, we knew that the trip into State College would inflate our gas budget like a giant balloon. We also knew that we’d be spending lots more time in the car. For all of its costs, we’ve actually come to treasure our time on the road because we’ve fallen in love with audio books. In fact, if money were no issue, we might take trips just for an excuse to listen to the next chapter.

For years, we downloaded free audio books from or the library. We enjoyed Raggedy Ann and Kipling’s Just So Stories. But, this past Christmas, I requested a subscription to, and my life will never be the same. Each audio book costs about $10, but they are worth every penny. The quality of readers and sound is superior. Some of our favorite stories so far have been Nurse Matilda and A Wrinkle in Time.

The best part is that we’re all listening to the same story, laughing at the same lines, quoting quirky characters, and eagerly expecting the next chapter together.

What do you to enjoy the long trek into town?

 Enjoy your home,

About Laura

We are one little family and we're on a mission: we want to discover our hometown and share the treasures with you! Just think of all the tractor-pulls, restaurants, farm stands, mom-and-pop shops, and local attractions that we'll enjoy together. We hope that our discoveries and ideas strengthen your family and our hometown Penns Valley, Pennsylvania.
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5 Responses to For The Long Trek into Town

  1. Shana says:

    Our audible favorite is joy hakim’s history of us. In fact I need to rejoin to get the next one.
    Our favorite audiobooks have been narnia, little house on the prairie, and Harry potter. We save those for long drives though and listen to music on our drive to state college!

    • Sarah M says:

      Shana, sounds like our families share the same taste! We also tend to listen to everything from The Beatles to Led Zeppelin to Dave Matthews.

    • Laura says:

      Thanks for suggestions, Shana. You make a good point w/ balancing things out w/ music. I’ve noticed that we can get a little, um, dialogue heavy. Sometimes we just need a little music, too!

  2. Erin H. says:

    For years, I’ve sought out quirky children’s music by musicians that *I* like (Barenaked Ladies, They Might Be Giants, “Beethtoven’s Wig,”), and have pulled out old standards from when I was a child, now recorded to CD (Barry Louis Polisar’s “My Brother Thinks He’s A Banana” is a CLASSIC).

    However, as my car-company is growing up, we’ve taken advantage of podcasts, and have retrofitted our older vehicles to hook up to our iPhone (this is mostly due to my husband’s last job, that involved a fair deal of travel all over the state). Searching the iTunes podcast library has introduced us to all kinds of things: science, stories, hindi music to rock out the minivan… the list is endless.

    And, of course, there is plenty on there to keep adults entertained for those rare moments when I’m actually alone in the car, and it’s quiet enough to listen to something without interruption. NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” is downloaded each week and ready on my phone for those moments. 🙂

    • Laura says:

      ooo… all good suggestions. I haven’t yet explored the world of podcasts for kids, but will take a look.