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Old 08-31-2009, 07:39 PM   #1
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You can get these all over and some place free however I am pretty sure that the leading Spam site removed by moderator is emusic.

The only downside I see with this is they only have the top books, anyone know where I can get some more books.

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Old 08-31-2009, 08:31 PM   #2
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You might check out your local library as well. A lot of libraries have downloadable audio books that you can check out for a limited time period.

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Librivox.org offers recordings of public-domain books. These are the same books you can find at Project Gutenberg.
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Old 08-31-2009, 10:37 PM   #5
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I have had an Audible account for about 8 years. I positively adore it. I truly dont care how long my drive is. Im listening to my book.

Someone asked me one day how I could read one book, and listen to another, and in fact would I get them confused.....

I said "How many television shows do you watch....do you get them confused"? lol.

Audible is a most excellent site (especially if you have the monthly or yearly plan).
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Old 08-31-2009, 10:58 PM   #6
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I use Audible (long time member) or my public libraries site where they have both OverDrive and Netlibrary.


I did a 'trial' with eMusic about a year and a half ago and found the selection small and didn't really care for the way things operated.
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Old 08-31-2009, 11:18 PM   #7
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I listen to audio books extensively. I have checked them out of my libraries, downloaded from my local library on-line site with Overdrive, and purchased a very few at Books-on-Board.

But for the audio books I want to have permanently, I buy them from Audiobookstand. They have great prices, and almost all of their selections are offered as MP3 disks as well as regular disks. I ONLY buy MP3 unabridged books, and I found Audiobookstand has the best prices.

http://www.audiobookstand.com/default.asp

I know Audible has good prices but I refuse to go on a contract basis. I never joined book clubs and I won't pay a monthy fee when I only want a few books. It would not be cost effective for me.

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But for the audio books I want to have permanently, I buy them from Audiobookstand. They have great prices, and almost all of their selections are offered as MP3 disks as well as regular disks. I ONLY buy MP3 unabridged books, and I found Audiobookstand has the best prices.

http://www.audiobookstand.com/default.asp

I know Audible has good prices but I refuse to go on a contract basis. I never joined book clubs and I won't pay a monthy fee when I only want a few books. It would not be cost effective for me.

AJ

I'm a huge audiobook fan also - would never have survived several years of a 4 hour per day (round trip) commute without them. I download most of the books I listen to from the library, but fill in with Audible.com. I really like Audible, their membership plans are great if you intend to buy consistently (averaging a minimum of one book/month), but I can see how they wouldn't be the best source for an occasional purchaser. Amazon.com occasionally has some great sales on audiobooks, and they have a lot of their titles on mp3 CDs (I will also only buy unabridged mp3 format). A couple of years ago I picked up about 7 or 8 titles from them that I'd been looking for (on mp3 CDs) for less than $8 each.
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Old 09-01-2009, 11:46 AM   #9
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I'm a huge audiobook fan also - would never have survived several years of a 4 hour per day (round trip) commute without them. I download most of the books I listen to from the library, but fill in with Audible.com. I really like Audible, their membership plans are great if you intend to buy consistently (averaging a minimum of one book/month), but I can see how they wouldn't be the best source for an occasional purchaser. Amazon.com occasionally has some great sales on audiobooks, and they have a lot of their titles on mp3 CDs (I will also only buy unabridged mp3 format). A couple of years ago I picked up about 7 or 8 titles from them that I'd been looking for (on mp3 CDs) for less than $8 each.

I have a few reasons for listening to audio books also.
First, I went through a rough emotional spell, clinical depression, and the only thing that kept my mind from my troubles was to have an audio book in my ear 24/7. It worked great.
Second, I use them to sleep to. I have never been a sound sleeper, but with an audio book playing in my ear, with an earbud AT THE LOWEST LEVEL, I find when my mind wakes, the book puts me right back to sleep.
Third, as I work around the house, I'm retired now, I can listen to a book while I do housework, and even shop. No one even comments on the earbud or my player hanging from my neck. And even my occassion laughs from the funny scenes don't even invite comment in stores.
And last, yes, my husband and I take our yearly visit to relatives, 13 to 14 hours driving each way. This last year I played an audio book, Eragon, and we both agree, the trip was a lot shorter. We didn't even get through the entire book on the way down there.

I love audio books, that's why I've chosed the Astak EZ Reader Pocket Pro. It has the Text to Speech. So now I'll be able to use my ebooks, which I don't have an audio to, and listen to them. I know the electronic voice is hard to get use to, but I have a program now that converts them and I do have several electronic audio books I listen to. Now I won't have to store the audio file for my ebooks, unless I want to.

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Old 09-01-2009, 12:12 PM   #10
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Elsi recommended Librivox about a year ago. I shared the link with friends, family, and co-workers. Now it is common to see co-workers in their cubes, plugged into their computer speakers, listening to books while working.

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Old 09-02-2009, 03:01 AM   #11
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I have had an Audible account for about 8 years. I positively adore it. I truly dont care how long my drive is. Im listening to my book.
I didn't extend my subscription for Audible last year. For various reasons, one being I don't go by public transport to work anymore, the other that the price had gone up dramatically.
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Old 09-02-2009, 06:21 AM   #12
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I've never been a fan of Audible's contract stuff. I'm only interested in unabridged too. I like Blackstone Audio. And I check Book Closeouts once in a while to see if they have anything in worthwhile. I've found a few nice things very cheap.

I also like W F Howe which is where I found audiobooks of Dorothy Dunnett who I consider one of the two greatest writers of historical fiction. And the other writer is Patrick O'Brian and I found his audio books at Isis Publishing. Both stores have many other authors obviously

Oh and they have a few at Buy.com, which is particularly good if you catch a sale.

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I'm about to cancel my audible subscription. They won't sell me any of the books I actually want because of my location.
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Just out of curiosity, how much is "too much" when you are buying an audio book.

Most of the books I buy I'm willing to spend up to $19.99. I might, if I want it really bad, go to $22.99. Unfortunately, there is one series I want but they have not converted to MP3, and the standard CD's sets are $39.99.

What are your thresholds?

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I was a long time Audible subscriber...from the time when they were offering the Rio 500's for $50 when you signed up for an account. My first book purchase was May 2001. I love the service...and I was "grandfathered" in on one of their original super-good deals. I was able to download two books a month for $14.

I finally cancelled my account in January of this year--Since I've been getting books from the library, my Audible library had steadily been increasing with books I haven't listened to yet. I still have many hours of Audible books that I haven't listened to yet, but am slowly whittling it down. I don't know if I'll ever join again, because although they have good deals now I'm able to download a lot of the books I like to listen to from my local libraries.

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