Audiobooks discussion

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message 1: by Grumpus, Hearing aide (new)

Grumpus | 388 comments Mod
I’m curious to know how everyone is shelving & logging their audio books. If you have the CD, then you have an ISBN and can accurately account for it here at goodreads. No problem. But what if you're like me (a [] subscriber) and download the books on to an MP3 player? In that case there is no ISBN to add the book at goodreads. So, what do you do? In my case, I always try base my review/rating on the hardcover edition of the book because we can always combine editions. Not a big deal.

Now back to the shelving issue…under the “explore” tab there is a “top shelves” link showing the most popular shelves. I would like to suggest that anyone listening to an audio book create a shelf entitled, “audiobook”. That will permit others to see how many and which audio books are being listened to in the “explore” tab and secondarily it will serve to standardize this category as I currently see shelves for “audio”, “audiobook”, “audiobooks”, “audible”, “audiblecom”, “listen”, “listened”, and “listenedto” to name a few.

If our group can agree to this standardization, it will make it easier for everyone to find the audiobooks goodreaders are listening to. Does this make sense? Other ideas? Or simply keep the status quo?


message 2: by Holly (new)

Holly Booms Walsh (gypsyjolie) | 159 comments I changed my "audiobooks" folder to "audiobook". I think your idea has merit.

I download from and I also rip library audiobooks on CD, which I don't note down and track the ISBN for. I also have been trying to use the main hardcover edition of the book as the basis for my listing of the audiobook, and note that it is the audio version in my review.

message 3: by Grumpus, Hearing aide (new)

Grumpus | 388 comments Mod
I too added an "audiobook" shelf. Anybody else?

message 4: by Leslie (new)

Leslie (Alabamagrrl) | 7 comments I added an audiobooks shelf. I have over 50! However, I have been listening to audiobooks diligently since about 2003.

message 5: by Poppy (new)

Poppy I added one too. I only have eight so far. It's a bit time-consuming to enter them while I'm on vacation and they're ripped to my iPod.

message 6: by Beth (new)

Beth (bibliocat4) I added a shelf also - I need to go back and sort my audio books!

message 7: by Amy (new)

Amy (fluffypenguin) | 14 comments I changed mine too. I haven't gone back through all my "to-read" yet but I'll do that from this point forward. Excellent idea.

message 8: by Susan (new)

Susan | 55 comments This is a great idea and I created an audiobook shelf, even though I only have one title so far(I'm fairly new here). Another thing I'd like to see is the addition of descriptors in the book record that matter to audiobook listeners, like abridged or unabridged, the narrator, and length in hours.

message 9: by Sherry (new)

Sherry I've added my "audiobook" shelf. Some of mine are listed in goodreads as paperback, etc., so I'm going to Barnes and - they have other versions of each book listed and getting the ISBN that way. Eventually my goodreads list will show all audiobooks as audiobooks, etc. As for adding additional information in the review or book record, I think anyone who's interested in an in-depth look at a particular book can click the Amazon or B&N links. That is, if you have the correct audiobook listed on your shelf. If I get too in-depth with book information and organization, my OCD kicks in and pretty soon the laundry starts piling up!

message 10: by julie (new)

julie (maguire708) | 10 comments good idea! I'll do it... I'm a total addict these days!

message 11: by Alan (new)

Alan I also added audiobook shelf. Most of my listens were from the library, and it's harder to keep track of the history. Amazon lets me know what (oh my!) I've bought, but that's mostly print.

message 12: by Dacia (new)

Dacia | 102 comments I know what you mean! I LOVE audible. It makes it actually reasonable to OWN audiobooks. I bought the $250 plan that gave me 24 credits for the year. Then I also buy books on top of that. They often have deals where I can get unabridged audio books for less than $10 - which is basically the equivalent of buying a paperback new (and much cheaper than a hardcover). I've even had a couple of books on audible that were released in audio almost as soon as they were in print (within weaks) and the audible version was cheaper. Since I only buy unabridged, I think this is VERY cool. My poor little ipod shuffle has gotten a real workout!

message 13: by Barbara (last edited Jan 16, 2008 07:18PM) (new)

Barbara | 250 comments I'll change my audiobooks shelf to audiobook. I usually do the goodreads amazon search to get the audiobook to my shelf or, at least, to get the isbn number if I don't have the audiobook itself with me.

I only have the ones I've read since I've been on goodreads listed though, just haven't taken the time to put input previous ones.

message 14: by John, Moderator (new)

John | 3599 comments Mod
Just changed mine to "audiobook" (singular).

message 15: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 250 comments When I click on Explore, then Top Shelves, I don't see anything related to audiobooks. I'm assuming that you're hoping that if we all go to one label we will show up there. Have you found any other way of searching and finding audiobooks here though?

message 16: by Maureen (new)

Maureen | 5 comments I am new to this group. I listen to audiobooks almost exclusively, so just about all of my books will be there.

message 17: by Grumpus, Hearing aide (new)

Grumpus | 388 comments Mod
Hi Barbara!

Yes, when going to the Top Shelves, "audiobook" is not there as there would have to be nearly 6,000 of them to make the list. I am hoping that if everyone creates an "audiobook" (singular) shelf then we could search on that term to find the most popular audiobooks even though it doesn't make the top shelves list (and probably never will). Right now I have to search individually on the myriad of terms I listed in my 8/14 post.

As we appear to be a small but devout group, I'm hoping we can all come together!


message 18: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 250 comments Thanks, Mike, "small but devout" is a good description.

message 19: by Suziqoregon (new)

Suziqoregon | 13 comments Just echoing a suggestion I noticed in the Goodreads Librarians discussion - if we're going to be encouraging folks to use "audiobook" (as all one word) for the shelf name, wouldn't it also make sense for this group name to be the same format as in "Audiobooks".

Grumpus - you mentioned in the Librarians group that you would consider this if the Audio Books group would go along with it.

I personally support consistency in our terminology for audiobooks.

message 20: by Suziqoregon (new)

Suziqoregon | 13 comments Wow! that was fast ;-)

message 21: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth I am a newish librarian and this seemed like a good place for the quesiton. I just edited info for the audiobook of Last Child in the Woods based on the copy i got from the library. It has 10 discs so i put that as the number of pages. I think this will make it easy to track progress through the book.
But Audible books are trickier... should there be a seperate edition for the Audible version? I have been using the CD edition to rate and review my audible books so far.
Grumpus i await your input.

message 22: by Laura (new)

Laura (QuestionableAdvice) | 12 comments Count me in. I added my audiobooks to the "audiobook" shelf. I took a look at the shelf and it says we have 3,272 books on it. More than halfway to Top Shelf status!

message 23: by Muphyn (last edited Feb 12, 2009 06:28PM) (new)

Muphyn I'll also change my "audiobooks" shelf to "audiobook" - great idea! fully support it!! :)

I've also got dramatised versions in my audiobook shelf (e.g. a number of BBC productions of Agatha Christie) - do other people include dramatised versions in the audiobook category? or strictly narrated ones only?

message 24: by John, Moderator (new)

John | 3599 comments Mod

I've been putting number-of-discs for pages as well; the format clearly states "Audio CD", so it's not possible to (reasonably) infer a 10 page book!

I search out the actual information on Audible books, and post them as the underlying CD's. I do have one audiobook that was apparently recorded straight-to-audible, in which I added it w/o an ISBN, with audible as the "publisher", and the number of pages as one (part).


I don't listen to dramatised versions, but yes they should certainly be included!

message 25: by Sara ♥ (new)

Sara ♥ (saranicole) | 366 comments All right. My "audiobooks" shelf is now "audiobook".

A few days ago I added a suggestion over on the main list to allow librarians to change number of pages to number of discs/cassettes for audiobooks. I, too, have been inserting the number of discs into the page number slot.

I also wouldn't mind having a place to enter the total run time of the audiobook.

message 26: by Andrew (new)

Andrew (thisisace) | 9 comments Do we add the reader anywhere, when adding the item to GR ? I'm tempted to add another author and put "reader" in the role bit.

message 27: by Sara ♥ (new)

Sara ♥ (saranicole) | 366 comments That's what I've been doing--adding the reader as a second author and writing "Narrator" as their role.

message 28: by John, Moderator (new)

John | 3599 comments Mod
Sara - yes, that's the way it's done.

message 29: by Patty (new)

Patty My shelf is audiobook. I will go back and add the narrator as stated above.

message 30: by Vicki (new)

Vicki | 83 comments I have switched my shelf to audiobook and added 480 books

message 31: by Grumpus, Hearing aide (new)

Grumpus | 388 comments Mod
Yay! Thanks everyone for doing original post was about 1.5 years ago and it seemed to have died. I'm glad to see it resurrected.

As Laura said in Msg 22, we're getting closer to the Top Shelf status I hoped for.

Thanks everyone for your efforts.

message 32: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Speaking of shelves there are lots of duplicate shelf entries, like nonfiction and non-fiction. Graphic Novels seems to have the same problem as Audiobooks. In fact the whole first page of popular shelves is mostly the same headings repeated in two or three different ways. Maybe some high powered user could go in and combine obvious duplicate common shelf titles, starting with Audiobook of course.
I checked the librarians group and couldn't find a discussion on this topic.

message 33: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 250 comments I still have trouble when shelving Recorded Books audiobook productions. I list the ISBN number that they use, the 13 digit one which is supposed to be ok for goodreads too. But, I think they are only going to amazon or other sources that don't list Recorded Books. Any hints for that?

message 34: by Kerry (new)

Kerry (geniusscientist) | 57 comments Barbara, what exactly is your question? Are you saying that you have problems creating audiobook editions on GoodReads?

message 35: by Barbara (last edited Feb 23, 2009 08:13PM) (new)

Barbara | 250 comments Kerry, if I want to put an audiobook that is sold on Amazon on my shelf, I simply type in the ISBN number in the Search spot and I will either get all the information, cover art, etc. through a goodreads search or an amazon search. However, Recorded Books which does spectacular, usually unabridged productions, are not sold on Amazon. So, instead, I am required to manually add it, download the cover art to identify the audiobook, etc. That's all time consuming and kind of a pain in the neck. Even the importing a book from a website option doesn't work for me.

message 36: by Muphyn (new)

Muphyn Barbara,

I understand what you're saying now (like Kerry, I couldn't quite understand your comment). I've also added a lot of the Bolinda audiobooks manually because most of them aren't sold through Amazon or rather are not in their database (which is where GR retrieves their book info from). oh well, I'm just glad I can actually add them manually, though I agree it's very time-consuming. :)

message 37: by Kerry (new)

Kerry (geniusscientist) | 57 comments Ah! Yes, I agree. I choose Recorded Books whenever possible as well, and yes, it is a pain in the butt. Sometimes I don't even bother. Since Amazon doesn't sell them, though, they have to be manually added by someone at some point. It is what it is.

message 38: by Katie (new)

Katie (cowgirl-up) | 42 comments Good idea. I'll be changing my shelf from "audiobooks" to "audiobook."

I listen to mostly CDs so I choose the "Audio CD" edition whenever possible. If there's not an audio option for the book then I log it under the hardcover edition and just add it to my audio shelf.

message 39: by Ancestral (new)

Ancestral Gael | 154 comments As Amazon, or any other bookseller site, is no longer an acceptable source of information, I click on the publisher's from the download site, go to the publisher's site and find details there to upload audio versions of books not already listed on Goodreads.

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