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PostPosted: 17 Aug 2017, 18:08 
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I've never tried audio books before but I'm in the car for at least an hour a day and it seems like it could be worth giving a go. I'm not really sure where to start though? Audible seems like the obvious choice but it seems like quite a lot to spend a month and it seems very expensive to buy books individually.

I figured there was probably some fans of audio books on here, who might be able to point me in the right direction for a starting point?

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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks
PostPosted: 17 Aug 2017, 19:30 
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Your local library? Hertfordshire has an excellent supply of audio books. I hate them personally because I rarely find a reader that I think is doing a good job!

I do like some plays...

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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks
PostPosted: 17 Aug 2017, 20:25 
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Websites like Project Gutenberg and librivox have lots of free audiobooks on their sites, but they are read by non-professionals so you need to be fairly unfussy about narrators.

I personally use Audible; a monthly subscription is only £7.99 for a book a month, which is actually really cheap compared with buying individual audiobooks from most sources, and audiobooks are invaluable for me because I sleep badly so to me it's worth it (and if you run out, there are often deals on for subscribers as well). Narrator-wise, with Audible you can listen to a few minutes of the book before buying it, too, which is helpful in weeding out narrators you realise you absolutely can't stand!

Edited to add, and yes, as cestina says, libraries usually have a decent stock of physical audiobooks which generally cost a lot less to borrow!

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PostPosted: 17 Aug 2017, 21:45 
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Also quite often if you have the kindle book already you can buy the audio version very cheaply, a lot of mine are free kindle books with the audio version having cost around £2.99. Audible also let you send back a book and give you back the credit if you really can't get on with a book.


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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks
PostPosted: 18 Aug 2017, 17:35 
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Thank you. I might try my library first and see if I like the concept of listening to audio books before I invest in any.

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PostPosted: 18 Aug 2017, 17:44 
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brie wrote:
Thank you. I might try my library first and see if I like the concept of listening to audio books before I invest in any.

Oops I meant to add that to my suggestion and forgot :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks
PostPosted: 18 Aug 2017, 20:04 
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Sounds a good idea.

(I also meant to say Audible often has introductory offers; if you find a good one you can sometimes get up to three months at a reduced rate - and then just cancel again if three books is enough! :D )

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PostPosted: 18 Aug 2017, 23:03 
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If you threaten to leave they sometimes give you a better rate for a few months too.


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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks
PostPosted: 24 Aug 2017, 03:07 
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I drive an hour to work and have been happy with books on cd from my local library. Now that the library is in a network with about 20 other regional libraries, my choices have escalated beautifully. I've found the key is to find a genre that you can listen to without having to pay 100% attention, since obviously the road will take up some of your mental space.

I'm picky about narrators. I've also found there are some authors I can read in print but hate in audio.


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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks
PostPosted: 26 Aug 2017, 10:44 
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Pado wrote:
I drive an hour to work and have been happy with books on cd from my local library. Now that the library is in a network with about 20 other regional libraries, my choices have escalated beautifully. I've found the key is to find a genre that you can listen to without having to pay 100% attention, since obviously the road will take up some of your mental space.

I'm picky about narrators. I've also found there are some authors I can read in print but hate in audio.


Yes, I tried a whodunit as my first audiobook whilst driving and it was definitely a mistake. Whilst an easy enough read, having to concentrate on picking up possible little clues while focussing on driving just didn't work for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks
PostPosted: 26 Aug 2017, 12:35 
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Haha yes! I listen to audiobooks while I'm trying to go to sleep and it's a fine line between interesting enough to keep my attention so that my thoughts don't spiral off and keep me awake, and not so interesting/funny/scary that they stop me from going to sleep! Usually I go for books I've read before and like to reread - and have good narrators, of course.

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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks
PostPosted: 28 Aug 2017, 09:53 
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Abbey wrote:
Usually I go for books I've read before and like to reread ...

That's my usual bedtime reading - to only read things I've already read before. I remember being told once that tiredness comes in waves, and you need to catch the wave in order to get to sleep. If you miss out on the wave, the next one is usually half an hour away. It's more of a surfing analogy, but it usually works for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks
PostPosted: 28 Aug 2017, 20:48 
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You may also get online access to the library and can download ebooks and audio books , it's free and they return automatically so no chance of late fees :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks
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I am dyslexic and also I sleep badly due to fighting severe depression and I listen to either audiobooks on my smart phone when trying to sleep from Audible or I listen to dramas on BBC radio 4 or 4 extra that I can also access via my smartphone.


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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks
PostPosted: 01 Sep 2017, 23:19 
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Ooh yes, Radio 4 have some awesome dramas! Although of course you have to wait for them to come around on the radio; you can buy them on Audible but you only get like four hours for your eight quid, instead of the seven, eight or more for an audiobook... *is a bit of a miser* :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Audiobooks
PostPosted: 01 Sep 2017, 23:34 
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I forgot to mention this week's theme on BBC radio 4 extra is 'school' as its back to school in september.

I think I heard they are planning to broadcast 'The Browning Version'.

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