Audio Books

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  1. Adanys Wynterwulf

    Adanys Wynterwulf Sparkle Spren Accepted

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    Audiobooks - a reading slump's best friend. It's how I keep my book count climbing when I can't bring myself to read at home. Shorty after I subscribed to Audible, I found Wheel of Time, and over the next year, listened to entire series this way :D
    Great way to keep myself entertained at work, on a long drive, or while doing a puzzle.



    -- Audio Speed --
    I'm currently sitting at 1.2 speed. I get that narrators slow down for dramatic effect and whatnot, but it takes too long. And this handy dandy thing (<---link) tells me that speed cuts 2 hours off an 11.5 hour book. :fistbump


    I remember this one book I was reading (Thunderhead). I'd been listening at 1.2 or 1.25 when I decided I'd try normal speed. When I hit that button, it was like...umm.
    Okay you know when you pick up something you're expecting to be light as a feather except it's instead the weight of a small house? You know how you're already moving forward to make off with it but then it's heavy and your body just jerks to an awkward halt?
    Yea, that's what I did when I slowed the book down to normal speed. I thought he was speaking normally or even a little slowly at 1.25, but normal speed was like the sloth from Zootopia. :lol

    -- Narrators --
    Anyone else get really attached to them? It's one thing to not want to start a new book because you're still living in the last one, but add to that "narrator withdrawal" :lol
    It takes me about an hour or so into a book to get used to the new one, then by the end I don't want to start over.
     
  2. Elania al'Manir

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    The only audio books I've listened to are the Harry Potter ones. We used to listen to them on our long family car trips.
     
  3. Juliya Karasu

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    I love the Harry Potter ones by Jim Dale - they are the best!!

    I've been listening to a bunch of Georgette Heyer audiobooks recently and I just finished Pride & Prejudice. Planning on doing the rest of Jane Austen's books next! I also listened to all of James Herriot's books read by Christopher Timothy who played him in the TV series. They were incredible and I definitely recommend them.

    I've listened to all of the WoT audiobooks and loved them.

    I don't find I'm too picky about narrators, but I got a P&P one out of the library and the narrator was American. Not that I have anything at all against American narrators or accents or whatever, but it just felt like it wasn't a good fit for P&P. I found a different one that was British. Other than that I haven't had a problem with a narrator.
     
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    I am currently listening to The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. :D I've read all of them a bunch of times, maybe 10 years ago, and it is so incredible to hear them again. I started listening because Stephen Fry read the first book, and I love his voice acting so much. Then when I came to the second book I was first so disappointed when Stephens voice was no where to be found, BUT it turned out to be Martin Freeman who read them! :joy I sort of adore him and think he's sooo great in everything from Fargo to The Hobbit. And that he read them who made the movie version of Arthur Dent is really fun. He is doing a superb job reading it all loud. It is like you can feel how much he himself appreciate the series.
    I mostly listen when I'm about to sleep, but it is hard with these books because I just keep giggling. :giggle
     
  5. Adanys Wynterwulf

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    I have the first HP on Audible, but I decided those were books I wanted to read physically. I started, but that's put on hold for now.

    I listened to the Lady Sherlock series, written by Sherry Thomas and narrated by Kate Reading (from WoT). Those books are a.ma.zing.

    Not just the way they're written, but the way they're read as well. Kate's narration is so, so good! :love
     
  6. Feros Sandulf

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    I really enjoy the audio books. The are a blessing on those long drives when all the music is done and can't find anything on the radio. Some of the original stuff the audible is releasing now is pretty good as well.
    I am currently listening to Emma, it like I am watching/listening to a play performance.
     
  7. Juliya Karasu

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    Feros that is awesome!! Emma is one of my favourite books of all time. Does it have multiple voice actors?

    What do you all think of multiple voice actors doing the book? Also how about the ones where the narrator doesn't say much and there's background noises (doors slamming etc.)? I think I prefer just one narrator who does everything but I haven't really listened to the other kinds.
     
  8. Aduiavas Ida

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    I like it in Wheel of Time, when there is a man doing the man POV chapter and a woman doing the woman POV... Other than that, I like it being the same person doing the whole thing...
     
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    It was interesting it took me a while to get used to the different voice actors but there are sound effects as well like weather, riding in the carriage and other things it. I believe each character in this story has there own voice actor.
     
  10. Ealandrelle Melyma

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    Hi, I'm Eala, and I'm addicted to audiobooks :lol

    Oddly, I don't mind listening to them at normal speed. I've not tried speeding them up, but I've never felt the need to.

    I do enjoy Michael Kramer and Kate Reading - though I felt it took them a while to find their feet in Wheel of Time. I really like their narration in the Brandon Sanderson books. Also, Kate does a brilliant job with the Codex Alera by Jim Butcher :)

    I have mixed feelings about the audio plays, and it does come down to "some I like and some I don't". I found the noise and change of voices intrusive in the BBC version of the Chronicles of Narnia. However, I really enjoyed Neverwhere, with James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer and Anthony Stewart Head in the cast.
     
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    I have tried to find the Narnia books, but it doesn't seem like Audible have them :( Or at least, not in English :look
     
  12. Ealandrelle Melyma

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    Weird. Your Audible must be different - I have both the BBC dramatised version, and the actual books. Certainly available on the UK Audible. How odd.
     
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    Aduiavas Ida Aes Sedai Mistress of Revels - Europe Forum Moderator

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    Hmm, maybe I should see if I can combine the two... Norway don't have Amazon, so I usually use either the American or British one....
     
  14. Juliya Karasu

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    Not sure how it is in Europe but we have RBDigital from our library, it's an app, and it has a lot of audiobooks that I listen to on my phone or iPod for free. Also Libby or Overdrive. RBDigital has all of the Narnia books.
     
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    I love audible and swear by it!
     
  16. Adanys Wynterwulf

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    Ha!
    I just bought 3 books today :lol

    *cue frantic reading*