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Old 1st December 2012, 04:38 PM   #1
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What book are you listening to right now?

What is in your audiobook library?
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Old 2nd December 2012, 03:41 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by h.g.Whiz View Post
What is in your audiobook library?
I don't have an audiobook library, but the last one I listened to was "Under the Banner of Heaven", by Krakauer (twice). I also listened to "The Handmaid's Tale" at about the same time (did not like). I've recently developed a new admiration for those who make audiobooks, having put up a recording of the first chapter of one of my books. What a pain/drag and boy do I hate to hear myself speak. I might be able to narrate a cartoon, but never something serious!
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Old 2nd December 2012, 04:11 PM   #3
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We have a whole-house audio system that can play any of our MP3s or audio books.

One of my sons has Asperger's, and the whole family has had to listen to Lord of the Rings for the past three years. Unless an adult turns it off or forces a track change, we're listening to the Lord of the Rings. The rest of us have all 48+ hours of the unabridged version memorized by now.

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Old 2nd December 2012, 07:37 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by DallasDad View Post
We have a whole-house audio system that can play any of our MP3s or audio books.

One of my sons has Asperger's, and the whole family has had to listen to Lord of the Rings for the past three years. Unless an adult turns it off or forces a track change, we're listening to the Lord of the Rings. The rest of us have all 48+ hours of the unabridged version memorized by now.

Wanna trade kids?
Yikes. Could have been a worse choice, though. Imagine if it was Melville or something.
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Old 2nd December 2012, 08:30 PM   #5
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Ah, I forgot that we had a six-month run of Ender's Game in there. LotR never went away, but he listened to EG at bedtime. He either memorized it or got tired of it, because I haven't head him select it for over a year now.
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Old 3rd December 2012, 04:14 AM   #6
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I was listening to the BBC radioplay version of Pamela Branch's The Wooden Overcoat earlier. It's only an hour, so it's rather abridged (adaption by Mark Gatiss) but not bad. Though David Tennant could have done with reducing the Scots accent.
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John Irving, "A Widow for a Year". Before that, Harry Potter - the lot (the Stephen Fry version). Before that, "The Name of the Rose". It sure is nice to get to enjoy all these books I'm interested in but can't be bothered to actually read, while wrangling spreadsheets.
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My current in-house listening is J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy. It shares one thing with the Harry Potter series - a desperate need for editing. Mildly interesting, could be cut in half, though. Before that were George R.R. Martin's A Storm of Swords (also in need of severe editing) and David McCullough's The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, which wasn't nearly long enough. My walking around listening on the little mp3 player is currently David Copperfield, which I'm enjoying a lot: I never knew England had ecclesiastical courts in the 19th century that could excommunicate people!
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T. H. White's The Once and Future King. I'm not always keen on listening to books - so much depends on the narrator - but I'm enjoying this one a lot.
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Originally Posted by PixyMisa View Post
T. H. White's The Once and Future King. I'm not always keen on listening to books - so much depends on the narrator - but I'm enjoying this one a lot.
What's the version? I might be interested in picking this one up if it's narrated well - I have & enjoy the book.
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What's the version? I might be interested in picking this one up if it's narrated well - I have & enjoy the book.
From Audible.com, narrated by Neville Jason.
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Q for the group: The last time I bought something from audible.com, it would only play on my computer. It wasn't standard MP3 format, so I couldn't transfer it to the memory stick in my car. Does Audible now delivery standard MP3's? They have a bunch of titles I would happily buy if only I could move the files from house to car and back as needed.
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Originally Posted by PixyMisa View Post
From Audible.com, narrated by Neville Jason.
Thanks.
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Q for the group: The last time I bought something from audible.com, it would only play on my computer. It wasn't standard MP3 format, so I couldn't transfer it to the memory stick in my car. Does Audible now delivery standard MP3's? They have a bunch of titles I would happily buy if only I could move the files from house to car and back as needed.
No, I think they're a DRM'd form of AAC. Definitely not standard MP3, whatever they are.
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Q for the group: The last time I bought something from audible.com, it would only play on my computer. It wasn't standard MP3 format, so I couldn't transfer it to the memory stick in my car. Does Audible now delivery standard MP3's? They have a bunch of titles I would happily buy if only I could move the files from house to car and back as needed.
Try here for conversion instructions.
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Originally Posted by Tiktaalik View Post
I don't have an audiobook library, but the last one I listened to was "Under the Banner of Heaven", by Krakauer (twice). I also listened to "The Handmaid's Tale" at about the same time (did not like). I've recently developed a new admiration for those who make audiobooks, having put up a recording of the first chapter of one of my books. What a pain/drag and boy do I hate to hear myself speak. I might be able to narrate a cartoon, but never something serious!
Let someone else hear it and decide, nobody likes hearing their own voice.
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Try here for conversion instructions.
Thanks. Seems way more complicated and annoying than needed, but should work. I've done very similar things for other needs.

I noticed yesterday when ordering a textual book from Amazon that also came in an MP3 (not Audible) version, that they not only offered both for the same price, but pointed out the new Kindles would keep track, so you could listen while driving and then pick up reading later without skipping a beat.

Now THAT's some clever thinking. I only saw it for the one book, though. We can hope it will spread.
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Thanks. Seems way more complicated and annoying than needed, but should work. I've done very similar things for other needs.

I noticed yesterday when ordering a textual book from Amazon that also came in an MP3 (not Audible) version, that they not only offered both for the same price, but pointed out the new Kindles would keep track, so you could listen while driving and then pick up reading later without skipping a beat.

Now THAT's some clever thinking. I only saw it for the one book, though. We can hope it will spread.
I think you're talking about WhisperSync--I've seen it for several books on Audible now that Audible is owned by Amazon. It's a neat idea, but not something I'd do.

I'm currently listening to "The Long Earth" by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. I've heard good things.
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