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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 5:36 PM, August 16th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Does anyone else enjoy them?

On a lark (ie an ad for a free book from Audible), I decided to try it.
I was in the middle of re-reading one of my favorite series (Outlander) and work was seriously cutting into my reading time.
I figured the audiobook would let me "read" while I work.
It has been AMAZING! I only use it at work (or while driving), but the interesting thing I've found is that I pick up some other details when I hear it through the narrator's voice.
In my own head, I read the voices the same (or similar) again and again, so it was quite refreshing to hear it as told by someone else.


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SorryInSac - WH#2 - 47. DDay 7/12/14
Married 4yrs, together 7yrs total

DD(21), DS(18, PDD-NOS)
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asurvivor
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Default  Posted: 11:10 PM, August 16th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I have a little ringing in my ears and at night I can have trouble sleeping. I started listening to audio books for the ambient noise (it masks the ringing) and I am totally addicted. I have listened to literally hundreds of them. Only issue I have is if the narrator sucks it ruins it for me but most I get free from library and so I just delete and go to the next one. They do help me sleep. Oh and I get many from our public on line library which you can download directly to your IPod and it's all free.

[This message edited by asurvivor at 11:13 PM, August 16th (Friday)]


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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 1:15 AM, August 17th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My husband has tinnitus (sp). I never thought of using audiobooks to help him with that! Thanks for that tip, Asurvivor!

I have a few links (such as Project Gutenberg) to classics and a bunch of other books that have been narrated and are available for free. Audible is good for the more current books.

I haven't come across a bad narrator yet, but I agree that that WOULD kill it for me too. I'm not sure how much I'd enjoy an audiobook that I hadn't already read for myself first, though.


Me - 42
SorryInSac - WH#2 - 47. DDay 7/12/14
Married 4yrs, together 7yrs total

DD(21), DS(18, PDD-NOS)
5 Furkids (3 Dogs, 2 Cats)

WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW)
Legally married 18yrs, together 16.5yrs

Note: I edit often for typos/clarity.


Posts: 6069 | Registered: Dec 2009 | From: California
sinsof thefather
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Default  Posted: 9:45 AM, August 17th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I love audio books too. I listen to them on my commute to work. Believe it or not, sometimes I can't wait for Monday!


As a side note too - a really good narrator can make all the difference. I had wanted to read Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (both books are very highly rated here in the UK) but I found that I didn't like the writing style at ALL. I couldn't get into it and eventually just gave up trying - something I rarely do. But I thought I'd give it one last try with an audio book - and that made all the difference - the narrator was great - and so was the story.


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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 10:46 AM, August 17th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I listen to them on my commute to work. Believe it or not, sometimes I can't wait for Monday!
LOL I can believe it! I generally only listed at work as well, since there's too much going on at home to have headphones on to tune everyone out.

I love the idea of using an audiobook to "read" a book in which the writing style bugs you, but in which the story line is interesting. I have a few in mind that I might try in audiobook format before I give up on them.


Me - 42
SorryInSac - WH#2 - 47. DDay 7/12/14
Married 4yrs, together 7yrs total

DD(21), DS(18, PDD-NOS)
5 Furkids (3 Dogs, 2 Cats)

WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW)
Legally married 18yrs, together 16.5yrs

Note: I edit often for typos/clarity.


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circe
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Default  Posted: 8:28 AM, August 24th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

So do you guys have audiobook recommendations? I love them as well and have found that some books "read" well but don't "listen" well - and vice versa. So it's important to me to get a book that's an awesome listen!

For instance I tried to listen to the first Game of Thrones book and the narrator was great, but if I'd been reading the physical books, I would have done a lot of skimming in the Ned chapters with all the endless details of the politics and repetitive moral wrestling, but the audio format made it hard to skim and I ended up incredibly bored, ultimately ditching the book in favor of something more fast paced and interesting.

In contrast I found Chuck Palahniuk's Survivor to be a dull paper read in the first several chapters, but was hooked from within 2 minutes of listening in audio format. So for me I guess the audio format has its own set of standards.

I'm currently enjoying Orson Scott Card's Ender series, and I just finished listening to the Magician's Nephew (the prequel Narnia book) with the entire family on a road trip. I can't imagine any other way my family would have sat still for story time that way. It was awesome.


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traicionada
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Default  Posted: 10:43 AM, August 25th (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm addicted to audiobooks


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InnerLight
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Default  Posted: 3:29 PM, August 25th (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Since DDay when I couldn't sleep I have listened to audiobooks to lull me to sleep. I use audible and pay about $15 a month.

The narrators voice is sooooooo important! To sleep to I find David Sedaris has an amazing voice. His writing is great and he's so good at impersonations, making really subtle changes in his voice, but he is always soothing. I've listened to all of them 100x each now.

I also listen to self help books as I find those really boring to read but I do appreciate the inspiration. I also listen to course lectures since audible has those too.

It's been 5 years now and if I don't have a device I can listen on in bed I can't sleep.


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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 8:45 AM, August 26th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Circe - I'm pretty new to the audiobook scene, so the only thing I can recommend is the Outlander series narrated by Davina Porter.
I am thoroughly enjoying hearing the books that I've read time and time again. They almost seem new.

If any of the other audiobook junkies would care to, please DO share some of your favorites (book, author, and narrator).

Thanks!


Me - 42
SorryInSac - WH#2 - 47. DDay 7/12/14
Married 4yrs, together 7yrs total

DD(21), DS(18, PDD-NOS)
5 Furkids (3 Dogs, 2 Cats)

WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW)
Legally married 18yrs, together 16.5yrs

Note: I edit often for typos/clarity.


Posts: 6069 | Registered: Dec 2009 | From: California
circe
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Default  Posted: 10:53 AM, September 7th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thanks for the rec, I've had Outlander downloaded for a while but totally forgot I had it and will absolutely adore revisiting Claire and Jamie!

I just listened to two John Scalzi books, both narrated by Wil Wheaton. Wil is one of my favorite narrators, but his voice only works for a certain type of book - techy or sci fi, fast paced and ironic or funny. He wouldn't do well with a serious book, i don't think.

John Scalzi's Android'd Dream and Agent to the Stars. They are ridiculous, humorous sci fi and they work pretty well for working out, or for a time when you want an absurd, funny, fast paced story to take your mind off things.


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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 12:21 AM, September 9th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I just listened to two John Scalzi books, both narrated by Wil Wheaton. Wil is one of my favorite narrators, but his voice only works for a certain type of book - techy or sci fi, fast paced and ironic or funny. He wouldn't do well with a serious book, i don't think.

John Scalzi's Android'd Dream and Agent to the Stars. They are ridiculous, humorous sci fi and they work pretty well for working out, or for a time when you want an absurd, funny, fast paced story to take your mind off things.

I'll check these out! I just finished book 7 of the Outlander series (audiobook version) and will start Cloud Atlas tomorrow.
I want to like Cloud Atlas, but I couldn't get into the style of writing. Maybe hearing it instead will help.


Me - 42
SorryInSac - WH#2 - 47. DDay 7/12/14
Married 4yrs, together 7yrs total

DD(21), DS(18, PDD-NOS)
5 Furkids (3 Dogs, 2 Cats)

WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW)
Legally married 18yrs, together 16.5yrs

Note: I edit often for typos/clarity.


Posts: 6069 | Registered: Dec 2009 | From: California
sinsof thefather
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Default  Posted: 9:25 AM, September 25th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm just finishing 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' on audio, read by Martin Wenner - both the story and the narrator are excellent imo. Well worth a try


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