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    Thread: Audiobooks -- what are you listening to?

    1. 01-08-2009 08:45 AM #26
      While I don't remember when I started it, I finally finished listening to librivox's Moby Dick. I liked it for the most part, but some parts dragged. I'd tried reading it in the past, but just couldn't get into it; listening was far easier. Listening on the subway combined with slow parts (like chapters about the whaling industry) combined to make me doze off sometimes. :/
      But I got through it! This morning I started on Ulysses, by James Joyce, but the reading on the first chapter was really annoying and I think I'll just buy the book and slog through it.
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      01-08-2009 02:29 PM #27
      How was the quality of the librivox 'Moby Dick'? Their recording's seem to hit or miss. I listened to Howard's End and it was excellent, quality was great and it was the same reader throughout the entire recording. Then I tried another (forget which one) and it was different readers for each chapter and some were just absolutely terrible.

    3. 01-08-2009 07:08 PM #28
      Moby Dick had one reader and he did a good job. I enjoyed listening to it.
      I remember listening to 20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea and there was a woman who read a couple chapters who I found to be incredibly irritating. Fortunately, she didn't do many.
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    4. 01-09-2009 07:58 AM #29
      So you two who listened to the audiobook of Moby Dick, I'm curious about something. Did the audio presentation seem to capture any of the humor of the book?

    5. 01-09-2009 08:45 AM #30
      I haven't read the book itself, but I would think so. IMO, the guy who read it did a good job. I enjoyed it.
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      01-11-2009 12:21 PM #31
      I don't know how you guys can listen to audio books while doing other things like driving. I've tried but my mind ends up drifting unconsciously on whatever I am doing.
      I am able to follow a podcast or some talk show, but not actual literature.
      Anyone else?

    7. 01-11-2009 12:31 PM #32
      I only listen while on the subway, and even then the subconscious sneaks in.
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    8. 01-12-2009 10:38 AM #33
      Quote, originally posted by chamade »
      I don't know how you guys can listen to audio books while doing other things like driving. I've tried but my mind ends up drifting unconsciously on whatever I am doing.
      I am able to follow a podcast or some talk show, but not actual literature.
      Anyone else?

      I think it depends on the material. For me, the ideal audiobook is no more difficult to follow than listening to NPR or something. Books I like to read don't necessarily make for good audiobooks. That said I buy them cheap when they go on clearance; otherwise they're too damn expensive.

    9. 02-09-2009 10:00 AM #34
      Well, I started it a couple weeks ago, but I'm listening to the Dark Tower series. I'm a little more than halfway through The Drawing of the Three. I love these books and have read them all (except for the last half of The Dark Tower). They're definitely keeping my attention on the subway part of my commute as I'm not nodding off anymore and I'm able to pay attention to them; the subconscious is not intruding (much).
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    10. 02-09-2009 06:48 PM #35

      Awesome there is a talisman part 2...or atleast the further travels of jackie boy...
      it's just taking a long time to listen to, i only get about 30 minutes a day with it...
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    11. 02-09-2009 08:12 PM #36
      That book also ties into the Dark Tower series.
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      02-10-2009 01:57 AM #37
      I have a question, does the level of enjoyment differ when you're hearing a story and when you're reading it?

    13. 02-10-2009 08:24 AM #38
      In my experience, not really. It is, however, easier to get distracted.
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    14. 02-10-2009 02:48 PM #39
      Quote, originally posted by smithma7 »
      That book also ties into the Dark Tower series.

      Why yes it does...The Crimson King...and if you really get into it, it connects to The Stand also - via "abalah" (sp?)
      And the other poster, I love listening to books - and man is it easy to get distracted or drift off into thoughts while listening, but I find I can do that while reading too...lol
      It's just a drive a lot and so to fill the time, I like to listen...
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    15. 02-11-2009 08:18 PM #40
      Any geeks like me try the Star Wars series. Just ordered Dark Empire book 1.
      I also ordered the Art of War Sun Tzu. I read it a few times. So I figured why not give it a listen.
      Last thing, is there any swaps set up through Vortex, an audiobook exchange on honor system?

    16. 02-12-2009 12:38 AM #41
      Audio books are the only thing I miss from my old 4 hour a day commute. I would be up for an book exchange. I think the only one I have left to exchange is 2001.

    17. 02-27-2009 09:15 AM #42
      I'm a Star Wars fan.
      And I listen to the audio books of Star Wars series.
      I enjoy it more listening to the audio books.
      I'm now listening the "Soldier For The Empire" and the "Tales Of The Jedi"
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    18. 02-27-2009 10:51 AM #43
      I wish everyone rated these listens. 1- 10 scale or 5 star scale or use some thumbs or beers or smileys or head bangs. Rate the books please.

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      03-03-2009 10:35 PM #44
      didnt see this thread posted under reading... oh well... im listening to Soctt Siglers Nocturnal .... just finished his Infected

    20. 03-06-2009 03:22 PM #45
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      I wish everyone rated these listens. 1- 10 scale or 5 star scale or use some thumbs or beers or smileys or head bangs. Rate the books please.

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      03-12-2009 09:08 PM #46
      Now I've got Slaughterhouse Five.
      I'm also a fan of listening to David Sedaris, but then I always feel silly laughing in my car alone.

    22. 06-25-2009 07:40 PM #47
      Bringing this thread back from the dead.
      Currently listening to Song of Susannah, by Stephen King.
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      06-25-2009 08:34 PM #48
      Kevin Trudeau - Debt Cures
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    24. 06-25-2009 11:09 PM #49
      quit spending money
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    25. 06-27-2009 12:24 PM #50
      Just finished the Godfather. Awesome!

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