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Old 03-30-2013, 03:03 PM   #16
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I just love OTR and archive.org is a real treasure. My current favorite is "You Bet Your Life" with Groucho Marx. The episodes are around 20 minutes long and they never fail to give me a good laugh.

I also highly recommend "Lux Radio Theater" - first class (mainly) dramas by the major stars of the day.
Try this one --20th Century Radio -- schedule of current shows.
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Old 03-30-2013, 03:04 PM   #17
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As well as the recomendations above from Old time radio i've downloaded some Sherlock Holmes.

If they dont get me into audio then nothing will.
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I love audiobook novels. The narrator is key. Some people make that whole multiple man/woman character voicing so amazingly seamless that I've thought about it afterwards and marveled at the fact that it was just one person doing the whole book.
Susan Ericksen, who reads the JD Robb "In Death" series, does an amazing job*, as do several other people I've encountered.

(*such a good job that I forgive her for making Peabody sound like Julia Sweeny's "Pat" from SNL.)
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:09 PM   #19
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The whole experience left me disconected from the book.
The narrator makes a very big difference.

BARD probably has the best narrators, and creates the best quality audio books. This is also the most restricted audio format, and distribution that you will encounter.

The audio books produced for the major New York publishing houses can vary from barely acceptable, to extremely good.

Then you have outfits like LibriVox, which leave a lot to be desired. You are literally better off using the text to speech software of your ebook reader, or computer, to read the original Project Gutenburg text file, than the readers LibriVox uses.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:02 PM   #20
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I really had a hard time getting into audio books at first also. I couldn't for the life of me comprehend, my mind always wondered. But I ordered a couple from books I had read several times and found they worked for me.

I still can't really get into an AB unless I have read the book first, but I now have app. 60 or so books I listen to regularly. I use them to fall asleep, while soaking in the tub, while cleaning house, while driving long distance, etc. I do I really enjoy them.

Some of my favorites: bridges of Madison county, Watership down, devil in a blue dress, prince of tides, the strain trilogy, guilty pleasures, silence of the lambs, etc.

Oh and I can't forget Angela's Ashes read by the author Frank McCourt. I think that was the first book I got into.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:18 PM   #21
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I've had a hard time with audio books as well, but I'll track down McCourt. I enjoyed his books and, judging from his interview on CBC, he's a good oral storyteller too.
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:41 PM   #22
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Radio drama isn't completely dead. I listened to an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere recently on the BBC website. Unfortunately, they didn't leave them up for very long.

Christopher Lee was looking mighty good in the picture they had. I wish that I felt a tenth as good.
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:01 AM   #23
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I listen to a lot of audiobooks, but it did a little practice for me to get into them. But I don't use them like I use books: I have a hard time just sitting and listening, so I pretty much only listen to them when I'm doing something else. If I want a quiet night at home, I'll read.

I also find that a few books don't work as well as audiobooks, in part because I might be distracted, but also, I think, because it can be harder to catch things when they are spoken. Nonfiction about science doesn't work well in audiobooks, for example (IMO), but biographies and history work very well.

Complicated fiction is difficult in audiobook format because there's not an easy way to flip back and check something - a particular problem for books with a lot of characters.
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:15 AM   #24
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Try graphics audio they have great audio dramas. They advertise as movie for your mind.
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:34 AM   #25
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Then you have outfits like LibriVox, which leave a lot to be desired. You are literally better off using the text to speech software of your ebook reader, or computer, to read the original Project Gutenburg text file, than the readers LibriVox uses.
Oh, that's a little harsh, I think. There are some very good readers at LibriVox. One I really enjoy is Elizabeth Klett.
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:46 AM   #26
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I never liked audio books either. It's like they go in one ear and out the other! Just prefer reading books myself.
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:08 PM   #27
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Today i finally took the plung and tried an audio book on my kindle and i hate it.

The whole experience left me disconected from the book.

Normally i can get in a charactors head and feel what they feel, i just couldnt get this with the audio book.

Is it only me who feels this way?
Did you get it from Audible.com by any chance? Maybe you can return it and get another one. I don't know the specifics of the return policy, but I know a lot of people love it because they don't have to get stuck with a crappy audiobook now.

Also, would you mind sharing the narrator? Some narrators really suck. They don't act the book, or they act it too broadly, or they read it badly. There has been some controversy about that recently with the increase in the number of titles. Some of the indie publishers are releasing audiobooks with narrators who are fairly new to audiobooks. There was a post about Untrained Narrators on the All About Romance news blog, and it generated a lot of comments. In fact, if you're trying to get into audiobooks, check out the Speaking of Audiobooks category of posts. (Speaking of Audiobooks also has a Goodreads group.)

Also, some of the trained narrators are often matched with books that aren't suitable to their voices and styles. Some readers are too dramatic, some aren't dramatic enough, etc. That's when the reviews can be really helpful. For example, the reviews of the Pyramid of Doom audiobook put me off buying it even though I can buy it for $4.99.

Or you might be like me. I might be too easily distracted for audiobooks. I like them in the car, etc. But if I try to listen at other times, I find myself reading a magazine or something, and then... wait, it's Chapter Nine now?!
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:27 PM   #28
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Audio books might be a good help or motivation if you're reading a book in a foreign language. It can be fun to listen to these words while you're reading them.
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My problem is that listening requires more concentration than reading, and the bit-rate is much lower. It takes more work and more time for the same result. I find them harder to follow, and it's much harder to flip back if I miss something (which I do often).

Some may love them, they don't work for me.
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They're definitely not for everyone. I almost gave up on them...several times. Now I can't seem to live without them.
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