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The New Explosion in Audio Books

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Mark Holtz, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. Mark Holtz

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    From Wall Street Journal:

    The New Explosion in Audio Books
    How They Re-emerged as a Rare Bright Spot in the Publishing Business
    FULL ARTICLE HERE
     
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  2. AntAltMike

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    Other than hearing Uncle Remus telling the tale of Brer Rabbit or some other narrative where the "voice" of the narrator contributes to his identity, I can't for the life of me imagine how anyone could choose to ingest material at such a slow rate while necessarily giving it their full attention.
     
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    I tried a couple of audible books. Never could adapt to them. The only time I have to listen is while driving -- and I immediately found that I couldn't pay attention to the book while driving.
     
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    Audio books can be extremely good. As an example, Frank Muller's reading of the Dark Tower series from Stephen King is a masterpiece of reading. Unfortunately after a serious accident, he was no longer able to work and died several years later so several books are read by someone else. With Muller, you knew who was talking just from the voice.
     
  5. Mark Holtz

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    I am currently listening to A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 3) which is the third book in the Game of Thrones series. It is narrated by Roy Dotrice, and is quite excellent, with a unique voice for each character. The problem is that the first three books were released between December, 2003 and March, 2004, while the fourth and fifth books were released in 2011. From what I understand, a different audio book publisher was used, and they didn't make the time for Roy to go back and re-listen to the original voices.

    There is a great way to find out though. One of the deal sites, Humble Bundle, currently has a deal from now until February 4th where, if you pay more than the average price of around $6, you get eight audio books in MP3 format. As far as I can determine, they are unabridged versions, and are HUGE downloads. The price range for ONE of those books, according to Audible, is $14.69 to $25.46, with the average price being $20.75.

    The service that I use now is Audible (owned by Amazon). The monthly fee is $14.95 which, in turn, gives me one credit for the purchase of one book per month, which I have been using to purchase individual books the very expensive series such as Lord Of The Rings and Song of Fire and Ice. However, I would advise keeping a good eye on the daily deals which has a different book at a good price (usually $1.95 to $5.95), as well as making a wish list selection for sales. Their standard trial is one free book for 30 days, however, I suggest looking around the deal sites for special Audible offers.
     
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    Mark Holtz

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    And, right now, I'm holding off on purchasing more audiobooks. The big issue is that I am in the middle of A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 3) and have 35 hours to go. Most typical unabridged audiobooks run for 6-12 hours, with some hitting maybe 16-20 hours. But, George RR Martin is not known for writing short books, and this third Game of Thrones book clocks in at 47 hours.

    Right now, the number of Audible credits that I have is at 5, with the limit being 6 for the subscription plan that I am on. The next credit I get will be at the beginning of March, and then I have to spend a credit before the beginning of April. The only audio book purchases that I'm making are from the Daily Deals where the book can cost $1.95 to $5.95. Needless to say, I have a slight backlog.
     
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    Steve

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    Same with Jim Dale's "performances" of the American Harry Potter series. Jump to about 2 minutes in:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjIdb6eZ0Aw&feature=player_detailpage#t=121
     
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    billsharpe

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    I can understand listening to an audio book on a long drive through desolate areas. At home, I much prefer reading books on my Kindle or PC, as I can get through them much faster. I have also read books on my iPod Touch -- works well on an airplane in a cramped coach seat. There's no way I would fall asleep reading on the iPod; I have to change pages every 30 seconds or so.
     
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    Mark Holtz

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    I do know that Audible has a feature called Whispersync which allows you to pick up your place between your audiobook and your Kindle. But, each has it's own place. And, there is no denying the fact that printed or Kindle books are cheaper than Audible or audiobooks.
     
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    My library card links to a OneClickDigital account, which has thousands of current audiobooks available for download. You have to place holds, though, and wait your turn in queue, depending on the # of copies of the book your library actually paid for. Key is to have enough items on hold that something is always available.
     
  11. Mark Holtz

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    From Paste:

    Ice T Recording Dungeons and Dragons Audiobook
    FULL ARTICLE HERE
     
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    From MASHABLE:

    10 Free Audiobook Sites to Get Your Bookworm On
    FULL ARTICLE HERE
     
  13. Mark Holtz

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    From New York Times:

    Audiobooks and the Return of Storytelling
    FULL ARTICLE HERE
     

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