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message 1: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Dec 01, 2010 03:28PM) (new)

Bentley | 22987 comments Audiobooks have become a way to spend some time while traveling in the car and/or commuting via train, bus or ferry. Even while taking the dog for a walk in the park.

Many folks even like to listen to audiobooks as an art form.

However, you have used audiobooks, they have become extremely popular.

Here is a segment to discuss some of the more enjoyable audiobooks, your favorite narrators and why their narration style appeals to you, some of the audiobooks that have won recent awards and why you just loved the last one you listened to.

Bentley


message 2: by Jason (last edited Oct 03, 2010 05:56PM) (new)

Jason (JasonCT) | 56 comments Thanks for the warm welcome, and greetings Bentley.

I look forward to sharing my love of audio and great non-fiction with everyone. Please feel free to say hello anytime, and/or send me an email if you have any questions.


message 3: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 22987 comments We are glad to have you with us.


Michael Flanagan (Loboz) | 984 comments Hi all I am interested in finding out when you listen to your Audiobooks.

For me I listen to them when I am driving and waliking the dogs.


Kristi (KristiColeman) I listen when I cook, while I am drafting at work, while I knit, pretty much any time my hands are doing something that leaves my brain free...


Michael Flanagan (Loboz) | 984 comments Kristi wrote: "I listen when I cook, while I am drafting at work, while I knit, pretty much any time my hands are doing something that leaves my brain free..."

Cooking I had never thought about that, I'll have to give it a go. As for knitting I need all my concentration for that as I suck at it.


Michael Flanagan (Loboz) | 984 comments My interest never wains. I would like to hear how people discovered the joy of Audio books. For me it was when I was a child, my mum used to by my a magazine series called Story Time. Each month the magazine would come with a tape jam packed with stories.

Audiobooks are something I have always enjoyed. Many a hour was passed when I was greenkeeper listening to stories as I mowed the greens.


Michael Flanagan (Loboz) | 984 comments Why I am on a roll I was interested if anyone has tried any of the free audiobooks off the Gutenberg project. If so what is the quality like.


Laura (apenandzen) | 147 comments I've never tried any of those, Michael, but I'd be curious what they're like myself!

I audio all the time, even in the shower. And definitely at night when I can't sleep. Much better than tossing and turning. Only time I can't do it is when I'm working.


Michael Flanagan (Loboz) | 984 comments Laura wrote: "I've never tried any of those, Michael, but I'd be curious what they're like myself!

I audio all the time, even in the shower. And definitely at night when I can't sleep. Much better than tossi..."


I miss being able to listen to books at work. Mind you it is one of the only things I miss about my old career.


carriedaway I've got a couple from Librovox that are free that I'm trying out, "The Federalist Papers" The Federalist Papers Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton and "Wealth of Nations" The Wealth of Nations (Modern Library) Adam SmithAdam Smith.

I would love for Witch of Prague The Witch of Prague F. Marion CrawfordF. Marion Crawford as an audiobook but alas, it might be back in copyright and out of their purview but not quite in say, Audible.com's.

Normally I listen to audiobooks and podcasts while I'm knitting or late at night. My commute isn't long enough anymore, not that I mind that.


Elizabeth S (esorenson) | 2063 comments Wow, let us know what it is like to listen to The Federalist Papers Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton. I have to stop and ponder and re-read so often while going through that one in print. Listening to it must be kinda heady.


carriedaway Elizabeth S wrote: "Wow, let us know what it is like to listen to The Federalist PapersAlexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton. I have to stop and ponder and re-read..."
It's almost other-worldly, Elizabeth. Especially since it is ACTUALLY Alex- okay, no, sorry. I do crack myself up. I have to give the Librovox readers a big hand, those sentences must taking getting used to reading aloud but hearing the cadence makes reading it later easier.


Elizabeth S (esorenson) | 2063 comments Hmmm, that makes sense about hearing the cadence. Kinda like how it is easier and nicer to listen to Shakespeare versus reading silently.

And many :) :) about Alex reading it himself. I was going to joke about that, but held off because I wasn't sure if you had the right kind of sense of humor to appreciate it. Now I know! (After all, Alex only read some of the papers for the audio, he let James and John read some too.)

(Just realized, it is a good thing Alexander Hamilton's parents didn't name him Peter. 'Cause then The Federalist Papers would have been written by Peter, James, and John...)

Back to being serious, how many different readers are there? Do they switch for every paper?

William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare
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The Federalist Papers by Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton, James MadisonJames Madison, and John JayJohn Jay


carriedaway Elizabeth S wrote: "Hmmm, that makes sense about hearing the cadence. Kinda like how it is easier and nicer to listen to Shakespeare versus reading silently.

And many :) :) about Alex reading it himself. I was goin..."


And after hearing William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare performed well, reading his plays comes more naturally.

The readers switch off for sections of the book but I don't think they're particularly reading one writer. I could be wrong. And where is Paul? (stop me from making a joke about Paul being one of the Beatles instead.....)


message 16: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited May 03, 2011 07:16PM) (new)

Bentley | 22987 comments I have suggested in the Federalist Papers discussions that it is best to have the written paper in front of you and listen to it being read. The nuances come through.

The Federalist Papers Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton


Elizabeth S (esorenson) | 2063 comments It would really be the ideal to both listen and read. For books like that, I like to read with a pencil in hand. (Sometimes I even use the pencil.)


message 18: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Feb 18, 2012 04:52PM) (new)

Bentley | 22987 comments Are folks finding that audiobooks are becoming even more important for those long rides and commutes to work and to keep your mind active while busy around the house, yard, walking the dog?

Do you find that listening to an exciting audiobook makes you inattentive while driving or do you think it does not affect your concentration?


Michael Flanagan (Loboz) | 984 comments A good Audiobook while it grabs my attention certainley does not impact my driving. On the other hand a boring one lets my mind wander...huh what a red light...Then I have to rewind back to where I rember.


Craig (Twinstuff) | 341 comments Audio books in the car have replaced my radio and music and/or NPR listening (I may still listen to NPR at times, but barely ever listen to music on my own in the car any more). I don't find one more distracting than the other. I still can notice all those other drivers on the road looking at their phones and/or texting and make sure I keep my distance from those inattentive drivers. o)


message 21: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 22987 comments Yes, Craig and Michael - good comments and I often wonder about just exactly the points you brought up. However, the phone and texting users worry me a lot too.


Michael Flanagan (Loboz) | 984 comments It illegal over here to text or use your mobile when driving so not much of an issue for me.


message 23: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 22987 comments We have laws in this country too but they are ignored.


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