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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:53 am    Post subject: Audio books Reply with quote

Anybody ever listen to audio books? I listen to a crapload of podcasts, so i think maybe I'll give audio books a try. Amazon is offering two free books if you start a trial with Audible, but so far all the samples I've listened to have put me off.

I have no trouble finding books I'm interested in, but I fear the readings would put me to sleep. The voices are either so slow and quiet that it reminds me of a baby's cartoon, or doing goofy voices which reminds me of a baby's cartoon. I've found a few exceptions, usually those read by the author, but these are mostly books I've already read.

Any recommendations for good books with maybe more dynamic readings?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Game of Thrones, duh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMvDfZWFLEc
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I listen to good audio books on long car rides. Though sometimes I just do the poorly recorded free ones.

I found a free Sherlock Holmes one that was really well done, and each one was about an hour long. So that was pretty great.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Audiobooks are not for me, I think. If I know the person reading it, that's different -- I have listened to friends read books to me, and it's wonderful. I also read to them, although I feel that I'm not as good at it. Reading a book aloud for the first time is also interesting because of course you say things in completely the wrong way all the time.

I have listened to podcasts before (maybe only one or two), but regular live radio programs catch my attention more.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A friend of mine is a huge LOTR geek and had an audio book for The Children of Hurin narrated by Christopher Lee.

I gave it a listen and it was pretty cool... Or nerdy... Whatever.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to work on a factory floor and got through a few John Grisham books while I was working. If you've got a job where you can do it and be "somewhere else" mentally - audio books are awesome!


I never understood how people can read 350+ pages in a day and say they "enjoyed" the book, when the audio book read is like 25+ hours non-stop at a casual pace.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I listen to the wheel of time series on audio. Michael Kramer is a decent voice actor that keeps you engaged.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always wanted to listen to educational/instructional kinda audio books while I do my morning walks... hoping for a sorta, "learn while I exercise" thing.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

UrbanMasque wrote:
I never understood how people can read 350+ pages in a day and say they "enjoyed" the book, when the audio book read is like 25+ hours non-stop at a casual pace.


What are you saying is weird about that? Is it that reading seems rushed?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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UrbanMasque wrote:
I never understood how people can read 350+ pages in a day and say they "enjoyed" the book, when the audio book read is like 25+ hours non-stop at a casual pace.


What are you saying is weird about that? Is it that reading seems rushed?


Totally rushed. Its like its a videogame speed run. You can't honestly take in all the content because you're glossing over minor details that the author took the time to write out in order to build a world for his work. Sorry, its more upsetting than it should be because I know people who brag about that kind of stuff (maybe just a bay area thing also). Read a passage and take some time to think about whats being said. Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hummm... I feel like you're underestimating how easily reading takes place in a lot of people's brains. I remember reading through 700-page Harry Potter books in a single day/night. I promise I didn't skip over everything, and I got very very upset when interrupted because I was so immersed. I also got very very upset because I was so immersed, and I felt so affected by certain events in the story.

Maybe you mean something more like speedreading, where people read 350+ pages in like an hour. Well, I mean "speedreading" in a casual way -- people who more or less do skim a thing and understand the words without making deeper associations, just to say they did it. I could see that with non-fiction works, but not sure it's really doable with fiction.

This reminds me of that thing... thingy... where your eyes don't have to make saccades, or other movement, because a particular focus allows you to continually read words that are flashed there. I could never in my life see that working for fiction, because of pacing.

Anyway, all that to say that I think the numbers you gave there are reasonable for reading, as I feel like I've done it without feeling rushed. Maybe excited, but also willingly gathering as much information as I possibly can from reading.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never really been into reading so I can't say much, but my oldest brother is quite similar, Sightless. He's very much into reading as you are and can often read big novels in a day or two. When interrupted, he would usually get quite annoyed, because he was just so into it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My older brother was a speed reader. He would read in a day what took me a week. When we would read together he would usually slam a book in a night at the end of my week worth of reading and still have no less enjoyment or comprehension. He simply could absorb the text at a much quicker rate.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lotr might be a good choice for an audio book. Thanks all
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favorite book(and movie) has a audio book version. A Scanner Darkly.

Highly recommended.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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