audiobooks

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audiobooks

Postby hippopotamus » 06 Dec 2017, 00:36

Anybody else get caught in the audible trap?

Sign up for a 30 day free trial get a "free credit", forget to cancel, and while you pay your monthly subscription you get those "free credits". Then you think you should probably get one more but then you'll definitely quit. And then one more.

Anyhow, I quit it but it didn't stick.

I now have an hour of walking a day and looking for recommendations.
Anyone?
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Re: audiobooks

Postby Jimbo » 06 Dec 2017, 01:03

I'm a member. I have been paying about $14 a month for about five or six years and except for a few glitches along the way I enjoy the service and the books. You are entitled to one book a month but you can claw back a bit on the company by downloading your monthly choice into your iTunes and then asking for a refund which they give no questions asked. Then you get a new credit for another book. So it's more like all-you-can-read rather than one book per month.
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Re: audiobooks

Postby Charlie O. » 06 Dec 2017, 03:30

If you're looking for something really stupidly funny, I enjoyed this:


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Re: audiobooks

Postby Jimbo » 06 Dec 2017, 03:45

The Bernie Gunther series by Philip Kerr are addictive. Audible is good about sorting the book series into order. The Patrick O'Brian (author) Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin series is there too. Oh, goodness, there are so many good choices!
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Re: audiobooks

Postby The Modernist » 06 Dec 2017, 09:16

I can never get as immersed in hearing someone read something as I can reading it myself. I don't really get it.

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Re: audiobooks

Postby Jimbo » 06 Dec 2017, 09:34

The Modernist wrote:I can never get as immersed in hearing someone read something as I can reading it myself. I don't really get it.


It works, it really does. If the reader is poor or mispronounces place names, that does distract. But I listen as I ride my bicycle to work, about an hour each way, or when I'm on the treadmill at the gym and the time flies! Maybe, however, you read weightier tomes with jargon and details needing to be reread; I can see how that might not work well in audio form. Light fiction works fine.
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Re: audiobooks

Postby Positive Passion » 08 Dec 2017, 06:32

I like audio books, but really i suppose i mean audio drama.
I have on cd and regularly listen to this
https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Sceptred- ... cd+box+set

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Postby sloopjohnc » 08 Dec 2017, 16:49

The Modernist wrote:I can never get as immersed in hearing someone read something as I can reading it myself. I don't really get it.


I don't either. We used to listen to them as a family on road trips, but I lose track when I'm driving. I don't really like them by myself either.

On the flipside, my ex, who has a 50 minute one-way commute, asked for lots of audiobooks for Xmas.
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Re: audiobooks

Postby Jimbo » 08 Dec 2017, 17:13

Well, I haven't read a proper book in ages. I've listened to one, sometimes two books a month for five or six years, mostly historical fiction, a ton of Bernard Cornwell, Robert Follett and Jeff Shaara. I am downloading one as I write, The Longships by Michael Chabon. Of course I couldn't do it if my lifestyle wasn't what it is with long commutes. It was our Velvis who introduced me to the idea. I also enjoy the monthly ritual of choosing which book to read.
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Re: audiobooks

Postby Six String » 08 Dec 2017, 18:28

The Modernist wrote:I can never get as immersed in hearing someone read something as I can reading it myself. I don't really get it.



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Re: audiobooks

Postby Velvis » 17 Dec 2017, 19:17

I recently listened to Long Haul by Finn Murphy, which was ace.

Now listening to Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, who has a very simple, straightforward style perfect for audiobooks. It reminds me of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, only set in Korea and Japan.
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Re: audiobooks

Postby Tonto Papadopoulos » 17 Dec 2017, 22:38

The I'm Sorry, I haven't a Clue files are absolute must-haves.
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Re: audiobooks

Postby Fireplug » 18 Dec 2017, 13:21

The two Alan Partridge books (I, Partridge and Nomad) are why audiobooks exist. Partridge on the TV is often too broad but these made me laugh as much as anything, ever. They're even better read by Coogan than read by yourself.

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Re: audiobooks

Postby gash on ignore » 18 Dec 2017, 13:30

They are fantastic.

The audiobook of Lincoln in the Bardo has a cast of thousands.

https://www.wired.com/2017/02/george-sa ... audiobook/
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Re: audiobooks

Postby hippopotamus » 30 Dec 2017, 16:03

Charlie O. wrote:If you're looking for something really stupidly funny, I enjoyed this:


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I was 100% going to get this... But then I panicked because it's been 2 months that I've been audible for nothing and thought I better make up my mind.

I went with another Bill Bryson. I fell in love with his voice while visiting the Roman baths in Bath (he does an alternative audio tour where he just tells you his personal feelings about things he found there), and it was his book about America in 1927 that turned me ob to audio books.

I had tried them before but I think an ugly voice makes the whole ordeal painful. You also want something you dont REALLY need to pay attention to because my mind wanders. So his books are perfect. I'll have found myself thinking about baking or something... And then remember it's not a random stranger talking in my ear and then I'll learn an interesting fact.


I also remembered i wanted to read david niven's books, but in reality i was never going to devote hours to reading them. Audible has him reading them himself. He has a great voice! I'm looking forward to it.
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