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How many people here listen to Audio Books?

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Offline Puddleduck Reading Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
01 May 2011, 11:26 AM | Post: #21

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RE: How many people here listen to Audio Books?

I'm currently listening to my second free audiobook by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Pellucidar is an exciting adventure.

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Offline Alex Sinclair
18 Jun 2011, 02:17 PM | Post: #22

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My family are very big fans of audio books. I have listened to a few, but I do struggle with the kindle. I find the kindle voices just put me to sleep, lol. I hope they bring out new voices I can download onto my kindle.
Offline Paul M. Schofield Reading DUNE by Frank Herbert
18 Jun 2011, 07:27 PM | Post: #23

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RE: How many people here listen to Audio Books?

My wife and I like to listen to audio books when we have a long drive. The time just seems to zoom by and once we found ourselves at the end of our journey, sitting in the car, listening to the last ten minutes. With a good book it's that captivating. We recently bought a six disc set of Mark Twain's writings, but many titles can be found free of charge at the local library. And studies have shown that while driving it is distacting to your brain to hear words and music together, but straight words or straight music doesn't affect your concentration. Sounds good to me.
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Offline Robert Clear
23 Jun 2011, 09:42 AM | Post: #24

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I've recently started listening to audiobooks. Being read to was a strange experience at first, but I soon found I enjoyed it. Fanny Hill by John Cleland is my favourite 'read' so far.
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23 Jun 2011, 02:49 PM | Post: #25

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RE: How many people here listen to Audio Books?

I have to make sure I don't listen to books while I'm doing anything that requires any amount of thought. Once I was sewing a baby quilt while listening to a vampire romance, and I sewed all the little hearts onto the squares facing the wrong direction.

I don't listen to them often anymore because of bandwidth restrictions, and the files are so very, very large that I'd need to take myself to the library to borrow books on CD.
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Offline JamesParkin Reading Safe House by Chris Ewan
22 Jun 2012, 10:13 AM | Post: #26

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RE: How many people here listen to Audio Books?

I love both audiobooks and audio plays, I also listen to one while I'm cleaning, ironing or going for a walk.

I used to have problems falling asleep if I sat in a chair listening to one, so I started doing jigsaws at the same time to keep me awake! However, I find I can now stay awake without having to do this.

I do tend to be a fairly slow reader, so audiobooks allow me to 'read' more than would otherwise be the case. One of my favourites is A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr At the moment I'm listening to Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters by Malcolm Hulke which is a bit of a strange experience as it was announced yesterday that the reader, Caroline John, has sadly died.
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22 Jun 2012, 11:22 PM | Post: #27

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RE: How many people here listen to Audio Books?

I'm a great fan of Audible books and podcasts. I spend five hours a day commuting, and walk for another hour so a phone full of Kindle books, podcasts and Audible books is an absolute godsend.

I'm a fully paid up member of the TWiT army (This Week in Tech, This Week in Google, Windows Weekly, Security Now!, Floss Weekly, Triangulation) and listen to a variety of other podcasts including "The Kindle Chronicles" and the very informative "Stuff You Missed in History Class". I've currently got a backlog of 213 hours on my phone, despite averaging an hour or two's listening a day - so whatever my mood, there is always something suitable to listen to.

I signed up with Audible's £8/month plan a couple of years ago and love it. I think £8 per book, given the one's I listen to are typically 20+ hours long, is pretty reasonable - certainly much better than buying individual books. I mainly listen whilst washing up and making my lunch for the next day - and Audible is the main reason I haven't replaced our broken down dishwasher - I'd lose my daily dose of hard Sci-fi. I've just finished listening to all Alastair Reynolds' novels back-to-back - which were fantastic!

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Offline Bob295
28 Nov 2012, 01:26 AM | Post: #28

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RE: How many people here listen to Audio Books?

I discovered audiobooks fairly late in life while working at a temp data entry job. Now I'm hooked and often prefer them to print books, though that may sound blasphemous to some Smile Why? It's more relaxing not to have your eyes fixated on the page. Plus, a good narrator can really captivate the audience. You can also do other things while listening, like drive or exercise. I still love print books too, but am glad there's an alternative.



(01 Apr 2011 09:13 PM)sezo Wrote:  Hi everyone Smile

Im just nosey as to how many people listen to audio books?

A friend gave me some of Tolkiens stuff on CD, which is fab, but I kept falling asleep rather than listening and (and often) following the text at the same time.

I love the idea of audio books, but I just dont see how people can prefer them over text books.

So... please enlighten me! Or at least tell me how I can stay awake when listening to them! lol
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28 Nov 2012, 08:05 AM | Post: #29

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RE: How many people here listen to Audio Books?

I listen to audio books all the time and find them a great way to devour stories when you don't have so much time to sit down and read. I do sometimes find I've missed something because I'm often doing something else while listening, but it's easy to go back. I agree with earlier comments that Audible are very good and great value. Another thing I like about audio books is that I often find myself reading books that I might not otherwise have read because of length or content as it's easier to listen to some books than to physically read them.
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Offline Bob295
30 Nov 2012, 04:33 PM | Post: #30

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RE: How many people here listen to Audio Books?

I managed to get through all of the unabridged Lord of the Rings on audio a few years ago. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit, and I had already read the print version. If you're sleepy when you start listening you might fall asleep. However, if you're driving or doing other things it can help the time pass by.

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