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Have you ever done the audiobook thing?

Muse

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I haven't been tempted. Just seems icky to me the thought of someone reading a book to me. I don't remember my parents reading to me or anyone else, maybe that's part of it. I like to savor what I read. I imagine I wouldn't like it.

My library has a book I'm interested in as eAudioBook, was hoping for eBook. Eh.

My devices:

Android phones, Windows phones (all with headphone jacks)

Win10 laptops

Kindle Paperwhite (I think 2nd gen or something, don't think it supports any form of audio)
 
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Captante

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Way back in the day I listened to a bunch of books on tape (lol) or CD during really long-haul drives to kill the time especially while in remote areas.

Some were a LOT better then others in terms of the reader. :rolleyes:

However since the advent of Sirius-XM (which comes in the same pretty much Maine to Baja) I have not felt the need.
 

shortylickens

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They're great to listen to while doing chores, going for a walk etc. or simply if you just want to give your eyes a rest.
There was a period when I regularly took long drives to school and work. I got thru a couple books that way. But its cheaper to read. Also reading is a nice way to relax before bed.
 

WelshBloke

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When I was regularly driving across country when my dad was ill I used to listen to them in the car. They used to keep me awake better than the radio or music.
 
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pmv

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Yeah, especially for older books that are out of copyright, as then they are often free in audiobook form. Definitely some readers are better than others.
 
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Muse

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They're great to listen to while doing chores, going for a walk etc. or simply if you just want to give your eyes a rest.
Yeah, lately at times my eyes hurt! :( It's usually at night when I'm approaching time to go to sleep. I think it may involve too much computer time.

For chores, I often listen to music, never thought of an audiobook kind of thing.
There was a period when I regularly took long drives to school and work. I got thru a couple books that way. But its cheaper to read. Also reading is a nice way to relax before bed.
LOL. I have books beside me in bed. The one I've been reaching for lately can get me to sleep pretty quick sometimes.
 
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sandorski

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Tried it, after a short while I just tuned it out. About as boring as Reading, but easier to ignore. There is at least one online source for Free Audio Books(usually Older books, I used it for Darwins The Origin of the Species), don't recall the link, but a Google would find a place where you could try some out.
 

K1052

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I always liked the concept but I read faster than they do and often the cadence makes me sleepy.
 

RearAdmiral

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I've done it for the Expanse series so far and for the Bobiverse books(really fun sci fi series). I definitely recommend them for the latter. The guy does a great job. I just sign up for as many libraries as I can and sync them to my Libby app so that I can download audio/ebooks.
 

pete6032

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Yes all the time. You can usually get any audiobook you want through the public library for free. No reason to buy from Audible. I only listen to them when I'm doing something mindless - cleaning, walking to the store, going for a run, etc. Helps me keep my mind of the mindless tasks.
 
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nakedfrog

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Tried it, they don't really seem to suit me, and I read much faster than that, so I just stick to reading when I want to read a book, and music if I want something to listen to.
 
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pmv

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Tried it, after a short while I just tuned it out. About as boring as Reading, but easier to ignore. There is at least one online source for Free Audio Books(usually Older books, I used it for Darwins The Origin of the Species), don't recall the link, but a Google would find a place where you could try some out.
Reading is a pretty dull town, it's true.
 

sdifox

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You can use TTS engine to read you ebooks if you wish.
 
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JEDI

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Way back in the day I listened to a bunch of books on tape (lol) or CD during really long-haul drives to kill the time especially while in remote areas.

Some were a LOT better then others in terms of the reader.
did the same thing in the 4hr drives between dc and nyc.

after a short while, i just tuned it out.
then had to rewind back to what i last remembered.
rinse and repeat. :eek: :(

a month later, i couldnt tell you most of what i listened to.
gave up after a few audio books and went back to the radio.
 
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Captante

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did the same thing in the 4hr drives between dc and nyc.

after a short while, i just tuned it out.
then had to rewind back to what i last remembered.
rinse and repeat. :eek: :(

a month later, i couldnt tell you most of what i listened to.
gave up after a few audio books and went back to the radio.

No question about it I usually don't retain information I listen to the same way I do when I read about a topic.

Especially if the info I'm trying to retain is 45 minutes of absolutely inflection-free monotone into an endless audio-only lecture! (which is exactly what poorly read/dictated audio books become)
 
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waffleironhead

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Ive listened to quite a few. I like them.
I also subscribe to quite a few short audio podcasts. You might try those out to see if you can get into listening to stories that way.
If you are into speculative fiction you might try "LaVar Burton reads" His podcasts are usually about an hour long short stories.
Or you could try "phoebe reads a mystery podcast", She does a chapter a day, so the books are broken up nicely. She has done some agatha christie, sherlock holmes, frankenstein, dracula, etc.
 

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