Hi all I’m struggling to read books again so I’m looking for advice on audiobooks how and where do I start.
Also I want to connect them to my I phone to listen to. I cannot keep ear plugs or pods in my ears they always fall out. Does anyone have any recommendations to ear phones (not giant ones a bit discreet) please? Thank you Loraine
Like yourself I’m not one for large cumbersome headphones that puts another weight to add to one’s head & earphones perhaps it’s the shape of my ear they never stay in
I’ve since a few months now been using these
( see attachment) personally speaking they fitbcomfortably behind the ear & the pods don’t like many I’ve tried feel pushed into the ear . There bluetooth & are set up easily to your phone/I-pad or computer .
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Hi Lorraine, I manage quite well with my kindle but recently joined my local library to be able to access audio books and digital magazines and newspapers. I highly recommend you look to do the same as it is a fantastic service with so much available.
You should be able to join online and then download apps like Libby, PressReader and BorrowBox (thank Rups). You can log in using you library number and browse and reserve up to 10 audio books at a time (BorrowBox). Some of your choices may be already lent but you get a message when they became available to download. It is so great. I’m currently listening to Robert Webbs autobiography.
I would certainly download BorrowBox particularly if yo want audiobooks (but I think Libby may also work with them). BorrowBox seems quite straightforward and if you download the books to your phone or tablet when they are available then you don’t need WiFi or phone data to listen to them. It remembers where you left off last time as well.
Hi Loshy, I’m curious as to why you’re struggling to read books. Only because with me it was concentration issues plus even with reading silently the Aphasia still affected my ability to read to myself. Those silently read words from the page still managed to come out in my head slurred or stammered. But being so stubborn and tenacious as I am, I persevered. Took me about a year to get back to reading comfortably again for a few hours at a time. I do still mentally slur or stutter the odd words here and there, and still manage to skip or skim through the last line or two in each paragraph. But I’m getting there My family urged me to try audio books but, for me, its just not the same.
Hi @EmeraldEyes i am nearly 2 years post S. I got back into reading about a year ago. I have quite a few complications on my health going on so I just cannot concentrate. I have tried and I have a book on the go at the minute with large writing but I’m not taking it in. My pain is constant some days so I was looking for an easier way out but still enjoy books.
I used to paint by numbers and I loved doing this. I even showed some of us SS on here, but my concentration, coordination and lifting my arm to paint is just painful for me. Thanks for listening
Ah, I understand now, there’s a lot more going than just the stroke effect then.
My brother uses audio and awful lot when out on his walks and even driving, just because of the nature of job he swears by them and I think he tends to get them through Amazon. But he can use them on either his phone or through the car radio; but that’s as much as I would know about them.
I only joined this forum last night so I’ve yet to tell my stroke story, I’m not a hundred percent recovered yet, that still a good work in progress but I’m getting there.
I get my audiobooks from the library. I use Libby, the library app. I download the books to my phone, then I can listen while I’m doing other things. I’ve had a succession of bluetooth headphones from Amazon. They usually hook over my ears (handy when you’re gardening and leaning over something- they don’t come off!) I usually end up breaking/losing them in the end, so I don’t go for anything expensive.
You can also get newspapers and magazines online via the library on a different app, called “Pressreader”. Both the library apps are on Google Play.
Hi @MinnieB@EmeraldEyes thanks for both your advice and recommendations. @MinnieB could you show me what your head phones are like please if you can. Thanks again. @EmeraldEyes please do share your story there are lots of SS with a wealth of experience and advice on here and it’s a lovely caring forum. I’m taking a bit of a back seat at the moment as I cannot keep up with everyone at the moment. Onwards and upwards as I used to say keep going sending positive thoughts and hugs Loraine x
These are similar to the ones I’m currently using. They stay on fairly securely even when I’m sprawling about on the floor in the gym. Anything that mentions ‘running’ in the description should stay in/on your ears a bit more securely.
@Jordan i bought some ear buds and joined free prime but my hubby subscribes to them for free delivery and tv. So I think I can have it free all the time. I’ll check. I’m enjoying listening thanks for your recommendations and support over my 2 years
Having read your input with advise/welcoming/& you own struggles & how you’ve best endured/shared all that with all here @ SS it’s only right I applaud you as a very caring special
Person here on this site in what you have shared over these past 2 years Loshy …
you deserve full enjoyment with the recently bought headphones & a good book you can have read to you @ your leisure
& Thank you Loshy for the support/friendship you’ve shown me these past 2 years roll on the next years ahead …
take care Loraine & will natter again soon