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.
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.