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Anyone into Audiobooks??
« on: Mon, 26 January 2015, 13:03:42 »
So I've realized I enjoy listening to something other than music on my daily commute.

I've went through a few audiobooks that lean towards the self help side of things but am considering branching out.

I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for audiobooks you really enjoyed?

I also have $10 in credit at audible I need to use.  ???

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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 26 January 2015, 13:07:59 »
Ohh! I like audiobooks!

I especially enjoy when the author reads their own material. "Consider the Lobster and Other Short Stories" by David Foster Wallace is a favorite of mine! It's on audible.
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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #2 on: Mon, 26 January 2015, 13:10:01 »
The Dresden Files are expertly done by the guy who played Spike on Buffy.

If you like that genre, that is.

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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #3 on: Mon, 26 January 2015, 13:14:03 »
Audiobooks really help me deal with my stupid 90 min commute to/from work. I would definitely keep an eye on Humble Bundle in case they do another audio bundle - got the Hunger Games trilogy unabridged for $15, along with some other stuff I haven't listened to. So far I've just been listening to entertaining fiction stuff since I still want to pay attention to my driving.

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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #4 on: Mon, 26 January 2015, 13:17:57 »
Audiobooks are a huge part of my reading now. Some days, I have to drive a sales route as part of my job, and I've gone through more than a few books while on the road.

Do you like Wil Wheaton's voice? Three that I've listened to have him as narrator. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Redshirts by John Scalzi, and Homeland by Cory Doctorow. I enjoyed all of those.

Also, I can recommend Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes. It's read by the actor Will Patton.
 
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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #5 on: Mon, 26 January 2015, 13:37:45 »
I tried some out over the years.. but they read quite slowly.. It would be nice for the first 10 minutes, but then you're just like, oh hurry up..

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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #6 on: Mon, 26 January 2015, 23:46:56 »
I was a little into audiobooks way back in college.. autobiographies can be really good, and horror is fun when driving at night. I remember I liked these few out of the ones I've ever listened to:

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
My Life by Bill Clinton
John Dies at the End by David Wong

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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #7 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 00:21:23 »
I would recommend The Teaching Company lecture series if you haven't heard them before.  They have college professors record a set of 30 minute lectures on a topic(usually 12 or 24).  They are perfect for the morning commute.  There are a lot of different topics, but I mostly listen to the history courses.   

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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #8 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 00:27:03 »
Also, not an audiobook, but something to listen to on your commute:

No Agenda Podcast

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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #9 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 19:52:33 »
^^  I'll check this out. Thanks for all the suggestions.

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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 27 January 2015, 20:08:40 »
So I've realized I enjoy listening to something other than music on my daily commute.

I've went through a few audiobooks that lean towards the self help side of things but am considering branching out.

I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for audiobooks you really enjoyed?

I also have $10 in credit at audible I need to use.  ???

I enjoyed The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and also Star Wars (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, and Episodes 4-6).  There are various Star Trek audio books that I'm currently listening to.


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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #11 on: Mon, 02 February 2015, 08:36:38 »
I'm on a one book a month subscription to Audible, really starting to love audio books. Never been a big reader but having a 20x2 min walk to work every day and doing the dishes its just perfect. Can just about fit in one book a month and for like £7/month its not much money to speak of.
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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #12 on: Sun, 13 May 2018, 21:53:45 »
 I'm getting into audiobooks again.

Anyone have any current recommendations?

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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #13 on: Sun, 13 May 2018, 22:00:44 »
I've been listening to audiobooks and musicals at work.

Now, keep in mind I started the audiobook world only late last year; for years I've scoffed at them, seeing them as the lazier man's book medium. But life's too busy and I need my fixes, so alas I caved.
I started with Jim Dale's fantastic Harry Potter narrations, then went into the Thrawn trilogy. Marc Thompson is great, but man-oh-man I can't stand his Leia.

That's as far as I've gotten; I have Dune next in queue, as well as The Eye of the World.


Oh, and the NPR radio dramatizations of the first three Star Wars films by Brian Daley! Those are phenomenal. Stellar, really.
I listened to them years ago, and it was the first time I heard about how the rebels got the plans to the Death Star. This was way before Disney had the license, let alone created Rogue One.
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« Reply #14 on: Sun, 13 May 2018, 22:14:17 »
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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #15 on: Wed, 06 June 2018, 22:21:11 »
Ready Player One had a great audio book. Plus it was read by Wil Wheaton who is really good at that stuff.

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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #16 on: Thu, 07 June 2018, 11:21:31 »
How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan is great. I like when authors read their own books. It's an amazing array of studies.

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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #17 on: Sat, 30 June 2018, 08:19:25 »
I work in a lab, and go for whole shifts without speaking to anyone. Audiobooks are AMAZING. I highly, hiiiighly recommend them! They are great for work, for working out, for relaxing, for putting on while you're cooking, whatever.

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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #18 on: Tue, 03 July 2018, 03:59:06 »
I like audiobooks and I like podcasts too. There are no specifics as to what I listen to, either some recommends me to listen to it or if I see something intriguing then I just go with the flow.

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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #19 on: Fri, 06 July 2018, 22:02:16 »
Theres a recent "full cast" read of Neil Gaiman's American Gods by a cast that sounds a lot like the cast on the show which is really cool. Another fantastic one where the author reads it with all the right inflection and phrasing is Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.. and all the others.
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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #20 on: Sat, 07 July 2018, 10:00:43 »
I tried audiobooks starting with The Wheel of Time series (probably around the same time this thread started). I couldn't get into listening to someone read. It bugs me for some reason. I made it through Eye of the World, then maybe halfway through The Great Hunt, but my mind phased out. I can follow along to some nerdy af podcasts though.
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« Reply #21 on: Sat, 07 July 2018, 11:50:55 »
Currently enjoying His Dark Materials trilogy plus it's read by the author Philip Pullman along with a cast.

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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #22 on: Mon, 30 July 2018, 12:49:48 »
Currently listening to

We Are Legion: We Are Bob

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Emperor Mollusk Versus The Sinister Brain

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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #23 on: Mon, 30 July 2018, 13:20:38 »
Got my wife into audiobooks recently. She's listening to self-help ones.
I just finished the first book in the Thrawn trilogy; trying to get the next one, but going to catch up on podcasts first.

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« Reply #24 on: Mon, 30 July 2018, 17:43:20 »
One of the truck drivers in my company really likes them.

I am rarely driving far enough, alone, to get engaged, although my wife often plays podcasts when the family is taking a drive (my kids are teenagers and mature enough to understand significant concepts).
 
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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #25 on: Wed, 01 August 2018, 10:47:01 »
Also, not an audiobook, but something to listen to on your commute:

No Agenda Podcast

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I listened to that on and off for nearly a decade. Fell out of the habit recently.

Used listen to a lot of audiobooks before I started reading ebooks on my phone. If work eventually gets a little less interruption filled I'll probably start listening to more of them while doing autocad.

I've got an almost 4 year old and have managed to get him into audio instead of one of those in car DVD players because he watches enough TV already. Built it up over a year and a half so now he's heard Charlottes Web, The Iron Giant, Fantastic Mr. Fox and we're starting a 5 CD edition of Pinnochio next.
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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #26 on: Sat, 04 August 2018, 20:15:19 »
I listened to the andromeda strain Friday, I know I read it years ago but I'd forgotten most of it.

Also recently finished Lock In, it was good.

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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #27 on: Fri, 10 August 2018, 13:59:19 »
What apps you all use for non-DRM books? I was switching between Smart AudioBook Player and Listen Audiobook Player for Android. Settled on Smart.
Listen has more options, but I don't listen to audiobooks enough to utilize them all.

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« Reply #28 on: Fri, 10 August 2018, 17:08:57 »
Just finished the 3rd bobiverse book. 

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« Reply #29 on: Tue, 19 February 2019, 22:27:03 »
I've went off the deep end, I'm listening to about 3 books a week.


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I've went off the deep end, I'm listening to about 3 books a week.



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« Reply #31 on: Tue, 19 February 2019, 23:19:31 »
I'm listening to like 5+ podcasts a week but..  Still haven't tried any new audio books.  I'd rather read the books so that I can process my own interpretation of the inflections.
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« Reply #32 on: Mon, 04 March 2019, 00:08:48 »
Currently listening to

We Are Legion: We Are Bob

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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #33 on: Mon, 04 March 2019, 03:41:13 »
The black tapes is quite good. Kinda a paranormal mockumentary

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« Reply #34 on: Mon, 01 April 2019, 10:21:51 »
Audio books are SO much better then regular books. They give the book more of an "immersive" and "atmospheric" vibe. Personally, i find them more as a companion and they go well with reading the book, like coffee and a biscotti.
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« Reply #35 on: Mon, 01 April 2019, 20:05:52 »
The book I'm listening to is bugging me, every time they say usb stick it sounds like they're saying us beef stick.

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« Reply #36 on: Mon, 01 April 2019, 20:53:21 »
The voices don't always match what I envisaged when reading the paper versions.

And it's really annoying when two different people read books from the same series and give the characters different voices.
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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #37 on: Tue, 02 April 2019, 07:29:55 »
The book I'm listening to is bugging me, every time they say usb stick it sounds like they're saying us beef stick.

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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #38 on: Wed, 03 April 2019, 21:54:28 »
The voices don't always match what I envisaged when reading the paper versions.

And it's really annoying when two different people read books from the same series and give the characters different voices.

What's worse is when the readers don't plan for people speeding up tapes. The book I'm currently listening is read so the words are fast and the pauses between words is long. Speeding the book to 1.5x sounds like burst fire.

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« Reply #39 on: Wed, 08 May 2019, 05:45:17 »
I recently finished the themis files trilogy, quick listens and full cast, would recommend.

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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #40 on: Thu, 18 July 2019, 15:41:28 »
I've listed to the entirety of A Song of Ice and Fire (book series that Game of Thrones is based on) on audiobook and really enjoyed it.  The narrator for them is the late Roy Dotrice.
There's another min-series called "Tales of Dunk and Egg" set in the same universe that was a great listen as well.

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« Reply #41 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 12:08:44 »
Audio books seem so novel and convenient; I haven't tried listening to one while driving; but in any other circumstance I just can't pay attention while simultaneously being engaged in something else. Could be the material as well.

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« Reply #42 on: Tue, 13 August 2019, 06:17:05 »
I started to listen to audiobooks during my route to work last year.
Even prefer audiobooks than music.

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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #43 on: Tue, 13 August 2019, 15:32:38 »
 I don't have a long commute, but I think I'll give it a shot; I have plenty of books on my "to read" list

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Re: Anyone into Audiobooks??
« Reply #44 on: Tue, 13 August 2019, 21:18:10 »
Just some of the stuff I've listed to in no particular order and tmoes isn't
NBC bca

the entire Jack Reacher series

most of David Baldacci's various series

all of the Mitch Rapp series

many Ray Porter narrated books

most of John Scalzi's stuff

the Crusader One series

most of Daniel Suarez stuff

All of Greg Hurwitz Orphan  X series

All of Mark Greaney Gray Man series

Quite a few good listens from Peter Clines, Michael Crichton, Brad Meltzer

Many autobiographies and inspired type stories, military and otherwise

Some self help, negotiating, time management, etc.

Some weeks I'm doing a book a day.

Right now I've got the entire Longmire series rotating in and out with some recent audible purchases and some random cloud library books and I tried a book from chirp.

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