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Aug 04, 2011 02:54PM

596 I love Unseen Diversity and The Basics of Genetics (Modern Scholar books by Betsey Dexter Dyer)
Apr 19, 2011 11:59AM

596 It was Hawkings' A Brief History of Time, published by Books on Tape, but I don't remember the narrator.
Mar 15, 2011 12:19AM

596 In this last sale I bought:
Fiasco by Stanislaw Lem (*waves to Sandi*)
Count Zero by William Gibson
Grave Sight by Charlene Harris
The Modern Scholar: Unseen Diversity, The World of Bacteria by Betsey Dexter Dyer
Audiobook sale (90 new)
Feb 26, 2011 12:40AM

596 I was annoyed that Audible's advertised "40% off" was actually figured from Audible's regular price, not the members' price. Most of the books are about 15% off the members' price. (Still a pretty good deal though.)
Feb 21, 2011 05:58PM

596 Thank you for providing this information! A while back I searched the Librarians group to find out how to catalog Audible downloads. The information I found said that the Edition field should say "Audible edition." I'll use "Unabridged - Audible Download, US" from now on.
Winter 2010 - 2011 (626 new)
Feb 07, 2011 11:49AM

596 Doreen, I preferred Perlman's narration to Orestes's, and the switch in narrators annoyed me, mainly because they didn't pronounce the protagonist's name the same way! But I still enjoyed listening to the books.

My reviews:
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
Winter 2010 - 2011 (626 new)
Feb 06, 2011 11:20AM

596 Doreen, the second book in The Strain trilogy has a different narrator (Daniel Orestes).
Winter 2010 - 2011 (626 new)
Jan 15, 2011 08:50PM

596 I would recommend getting a paper copy of Guns, Germs and Steel to look at while you listen to it; it has some interesting charts that would be hard to narrate.
Favorite Narrators (451 new)
Jan 01, 2011 10:22PM

596 Chris, has Alan Rickman read audiobooks other than The Return of the Native?
Dec 31, 2010 12:16PM

596 I thought Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil deGrasse Tyson was pretty good. It's a collection of essays about astrophysics.
Copyright Issues (29 new)
Dec 31, 2010 12:14PM

596 In most cases it's a copyright violation to keep a copy of a library audiobook, the same way it's a copyright violation to keep a copy of a whole paper book.

That said, you're unlikely to get in trouble for keeping a copy. So really the choice to keep a copy is between you and your conscience.

Personally if I like a library book well enough to want to read or listen to it again, and the author is still alive, I buy my own copy. I figure if I like it that much, I would like the author to write more stuff, and they'll be more likely to write more stuff if they get good royalties from this book, and if I buy a copy, they'll get more royalties than if I don't.
Dec 30, 2010 01:43PM

596 Here are my not-yet-read audiobooks. Sorry no tidy list of links.

asimov, end of eternity
barnes, great sky woman
buck, the good earth
camillieri, excursion to tindari
camillieri, snack thief
child, echo burning
christie, murder on the links
due, good house
dumas, three musketeers (simon vance)
fleming, goldfinger
fleming, quantum of solace
gruen, water for elephants
haley, roots
hanh, art of mindful living
hosseini, kite runner
innes, appleby's end
kowal, shades of milk and honey
lynch, lies of locke lamora
macdonald, princess and the goblin
maugham, short stories vol 1
mosley, fear of the dark
sundaresan, the twentieth wife
updale, montmorency
varley, press enter
vonnegut, sirens of titan
waters, role models
woolf, mrs dalloway
Winter 2010 - 2011 (626 new)
Dec 30, 2010 01:36PM

596 I'm really enjoying The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. It's a fantasy about thieves and con men. That's not my usual thing but it's really well done, I care about the characters. The narrator, Michael Page, is excellent too. He does a dramatic reading without overdoing it.
596 On Goodreads, narrators don't affect what star rating I give to a book, but I usually comment on the quality of the narration in my review.
Audiobook sale (90 new)
Nov 27, 2010 08:19PM

596 My haul from the Audible sale:

Roots by Alex Haley
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Death by Black Hole by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Medicus by Ruth Downie
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Nov 21, 2010 10:38PM

596 More on the thriller end of things: the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child

Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series
Nov 17, 2010 02:16PM

596 I really liked Davidson's reading of War & Peace.
Autumn 2010 (220 new)
Nov 17, 2010 01:51PM

596 I listened to The Strain and now I'm listening to the sequel, The Fall.

The Strain was narrated by Ron Perlman in a pretty deadpan style (which was good because the book is seriously overwritten and that kind of rescued it), except that he hammed up the old vampire hunter (I hope that's not too much of a spoiler) and gave him a reasonably plausible Hungarian accent.

The Fall is narrated by Daniel Oreskes in an even-more-deadpan and soft-spoken style. He doesn't attempt to give non-American accents to anyone. But I find it especially annoying that he pronounces the first name of the protagonist differently. Couldn't the narrators, or the publisher, have asked the author how it was supposed to be pronounced, and made it consistent?
Oct 25, 2010 09:24PM

596 Linda, one of the lowest per hour was Thackeray's Vanity Fair. At 28+ hours and $32 member's price it worked out to about $1.10 per hour. My membership credits are worth about $9.60 each, so purchased with a credit it wound up being about 33 cents per hour. (The member's price has dropped; it's now $20.)

I've stopped calculating price per hour for most books, but I am still careful to buy books that are less than $10 with cash rather than a credit. And I balk at buying short stories that are more than $3 per hour.
Sep 27, 2010 11:25AM

596 Dacia, I just got an iPod Touch. Apple recently upgraded it to a higher resolution screen. Text is clear and easy to read, but the screen is pretty small compared to the size of a book page, and I'm not sure I will be able to get used to reading for long stretches on it.

The iPods/iPhones use an LCD screen whereas the Kindle and many other e-readers use e-ink. There's a big difference so you might want to check them both out and see which you prefer.

The least expensive iPod Touch is $229. If you don't mind carrying two devices, you could keep your shuffle and buy a dedicated e-reader. That way you could have your choice of e-readers instead of limiting yourself to the ones supported by Audible. The e-readers are really dropping in price so you might even be able to save a few bucks by doing it that way.
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