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View Poll Results: What friendly book will we read in June?
Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian 7 53.85%
A Catskill Eagle by Robert B. Parker 3 23.08%
My Brilliant Friend by Elana Ferrante 5 38.46%
Absolute Friends by John Le Carré 6 46.15%
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas 8 61.54%
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman 4 30.77%
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery 5 38.46%
The Little White Bird by J.M. Barrie 6 46.15%
The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff 2 15.38%
Truth and Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett 3 23.08%
Greyfriars Bobby by Eleanor Atkinson 3 23.08%
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Old 05-13-2018, 01:20 PM   #46
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I will admit, I'm going to have to power through this somehow. I wasn't super keen on Monte Cristo, which I just finished a few weeks ago. I never would have tackled it if I had known I was just going to have to turn around and read him again.

I was hoping Librivox would have a good audio version, but no dice there. No joy with Lit2Go either. I'm still hoping I can find a good, free audio version. If anyone out there stumbles on one, I'd appreciate a link!
Hoopla and Overdrive both have several unabridged versions. Also, there are a number of readings at YouTube.
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I will admit, I'm going to have to power through this somehow. I wasn't super keen on Monte Cristo, which I just finished a few weeks ago. I never would have tackled it if I had known I was just going to have to turn around and read him again.

I was hoping Librivox would have a good audio version, but no dice there. No joy with Lit2Go either. I'm still hoping I can find a good, free audio version. If anyone out there stumbles on one, I'd appreciate a link!
I got a free version of the ebook through Amazon and then got the John Lee narrated audiobook through Whispersync for $0.99.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004TP8ZZE
https://www.amazon.com/The-Three-Mus.../dp/B001UL7NXU

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Hoopla and Overdrive both have several unabridged versions. Also, there are a number of readings at YouTube.
Hoopla isn't an option for me and Overdrive has a long waitlist, alas. The YouTube versions seem to be the librivox version. I will investigate that option further though.
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Hoopla isn't an option for me and Overdrive has a long waitlist, alas. The YouTube versions seem to be the librivox version. I will investigate that option further though.
Oh, too bad.

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I got a free version of the ebook through Amazon and then got the John Lee narrated audiobook through Whispersync for $0.99.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004TP8ZZE
https://www.amazon.com/The-Three-Mus.../dp/B001UL7NXU
This was going to be my next suggestion--picking up free Kindle versions. Many times the Whispersync price will apply to many of the Audible books, not just the one shown at Amazon.
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I bought The Red Sphinx a while back, but I haven't read it yet, so I think I'll go with Lawrence Ellsworth's translation.
And maybe dig out my DVDs of the Richard Lester Musketeer movies from the 70s.

I haven't read Twenty Years Later so maybe I'll give that one a go also.

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Was just about to "buy" the Kindle edition from Amazon (free with Prime), with the accompanying audiobook for an additional £2.18. Good job I paused for a second. The audiobook is in Slovenian! WTF????

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Old 05-14-2018, 12:14 PM   #52
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Was just about to "buy" the Kindle edition from Amazon (free with Prime), with the accompanying audiobook for an additional £2.18. Good job I paused for a second. The audiobook is in Slovenian! WTF????
Try this combination: AmazonUK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CWR4J9M (£0.88), plus AudibleUK: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Classic...ook/B004FUFS08, £2.49

No, not free for the book, and a shade more for the matching audiobook, but the best combination I saw. And still quite inexpensive.
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Try this combination: AmazonUK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CWR4J9M (£0.88), plus AudibleUK: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Classic...ook/B004FUFS08, £2.49

No, not free for the book, and a shade more for the matching audiobook, but the best combination I saw. And still quite inexpensive.
Thanks Charlie. I managed to sort it by going via Audible, taking the option there to buying the Kindle version first, which took me back to Amazon and a proper copy of the additional narration. As with your example, it wasn't free, but £1.40 was an acceptable price for the book.
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Thanks Charlie. I managed to sort it by going via Audible, taking the option there to buying the Kindle version first, which took me back to Amazon and a proper copy of the additional narration. As with your example, it wasn't free, but £1.40 was an acceptable price for the book.
Yes, that's how I do it as well, to ensure that I get the right match. Pick the Audible version, and click back to Amazon, and then I know I have the correct matching book. Sometimes annoying, but it works.
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Yes, that's how I do it as well, to ensure that I get the right match. Pick the Audible version, and click back to Amazon, and then I know I have the correct matching book. Sometimes annoying, but it works.
And sometimes an Audible version matches more than one Kindle book. I think it's always worthwhile to pick up any free public domain Kindle versions; sometimes it will unlock one or more Audible versions that only link back to a different (and more expensive) Kindle book. It's particularly annoying as it's a trick that probably works with cheaper Kindle books also, but you can't start buying up all the cheap books just to see what might match.
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I have been reading reviews of the various translations, and the Richard Pevear gets a lot of praise. One review made me laugh out loud: it described Milady as a cross between Marilyn Monroe and Myra Hindley, with a dash of Margaret Thatcher.

It certainly sounds as if all the steamy bits are there, issybird. (Having read one of the bowdlerised versions in my distant youth, I thought when I read your post "Naughty bits? I didn't know there were any!")
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For those who might be interested in a further book by Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo, is available today only on AudibleUK for £2.99. Good price(~$4 USD), and a decent narrator. A massive book, but an all time favourite.

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A massive book, but an all time favourite.
Hear, hear! 1400+ pages of pure bliss.
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