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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) I am new to the audiobooks scene. I have a really long commute for the next couple of weeks at least, so I decided to grab some from the library.

I am going to listen to these two:

Angelology and Parable of the Sower, and I'll get back to you, Tracey!


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Leighann | 159 comments Tracey - um maybe it's time for a new car :)

I have never been able to get into audio books. For me it's like the idea of an e-reader. I need the tactile feel of the book in my hand. I like to create my own images and voices for characters etc.

However my biggest pet peeves are the Ben Stein type readers. So if you can "preview" the book first I would recommend that.

(Bueller, Bueller, Bueller...)


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) I don't really like the narrator for the book I'm doing now. I've read the book in print before, and his weird voice is making me want to read the book again in print to get his voice out of my head.


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MrsJoseph *grouchy* (mrsjoseph) | 7282 comments I can't do audio books. They put me to sleep and I can't concentrate on them. :-( I wish you luck!


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Leighann | 159 comments I am failing miserably at my read in '11 challenge. I'm 24 books behind and am not sure how I can catch up.

My problem is unlike most I read one book at a time. I can't do multiple books...


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More) (gatadelafuente) I would only use them for the car, or at bedtime. I am listening to Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales as I try to go to sleep at night. It actually lulls me to sleep. I hope I can find a Grimm's Fairy Tales one too.


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MrsJoseph *grouchy* (mrsjoseph) | 7282 comments Leighann wrote: "I am failing miserably at my read in '11 challenge. I'm 24 books behind and am not sure how I can catch up.

My problem is unlike most I read one book at a time. I can't do multiple books..."


I can't imagine only reading one book at a time. I need to have something to read on me at all times. Currently I have a DTB version of Magician: Apprentice in my purse, an ebook reader (I'm reading about 2 books in there right now), I have Calibre on my work computer, and I have several reading apps on my iPhone. If I can't read any of the DTBs I'm currently reading (space/location) I just switch up to the ereader. If pulling out the ereader looks bad (or dangerous!) I just whip out my phone. If I'm at work, I read from the ebook viewer in Calibre.

Books. Don't leave home without them.


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Becky (beckyofthe19and9) Tracey wrote: "LOL - This *is* my new (to me) car. We don't get along.
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I tried the Librivox Pride and Prejudice, and the girl reading it sounded like a high school student drafted into reading an essay in the auditorium."


Sounds like you need a new radio... BestBuy is your friend!

And regarding Librivox... she probably was a high school student drafted into reading an essay in the auditorium. Those are all regular people reading books and uploading them. Which is nice, because it makes more books accessible to those with disabilities, but the quality can be... not the best.

I love audiobooks though. I didn't used to. I used to be of the "Ugh. I can't have someone else's interpretation of inflection and tone and whatnot in my head... it'll ruin the experience..." blah de blah de blah.

But now I love them, conditionally. I am a picky audiobook girl. I need a great reader. I need a reader who GETS the story, rather than just reading it. I need a reader who lets the story flow through them in to me... I should forget that I'm listening to someone else, and I should be caught up in the world they are describing.

Not all of them meet these requirements, and I'll admit, sometimes it takes a while for a reader to click with me, but if they do, it's a beautiful thing.

Some of my favorite audios off the top of my head:
Duma Key by Stephen King, read by John Slattery
Lisey's Story by Stephen King, read by Mare Winningham
The Shining by Stephen King, read by Campbell Scott
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, read by Lenny Henry
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, read by Neil Gaiman
The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, read by Frank Muller (1-4) and George Guidall (1 revised, 5-7)
American Gods by Neil Gaiman, read by George Guidall (OK, I haven't listened to this one, but Guidall is a great reader)
The Help by Kathryn Stockett, read by Jenna Lamia & others I can't think of right now but are awesome.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, read by Roses Pritchard
The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling, read by Stephen Fry (the UK editions). I know people swear by Jim Dale's version, but I didn't care for it at all. Too over the top for me.
Go The Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach, read by Samuel L. Jackson

Right then. :D


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MrsJoseph *grouchy* (mrsjoseph) | 7282 comments I did enjoy Go the Fuck to Sleep. It sounded like Sam Jackson wanted to strangle that kid. :-)


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Becky (beckyofthe19and9) Well, I like a subtle reader, Tracey. I like one who doesn't over-act or do voices, but who just breathes life into the characters and allows THEIR personality to show through the reading. If that makes sense. Stephen Fry was more to my taste, in that regard. But like I said, I'm vastly outnumbered when it comes to the Jim Dale Debate. LOL


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Eileen Audio books are great if I can't sleep or have alot of menial tasks to do. I to can only read one book at a time. That's another reason I like audios, because I can have another book started. My favorite place to listen to audios is by the pool.

Becky, I've listened to some of the
books on your list, the others I'll have
to checkout.

A couple I really enjoyed:

Misery by Stephen King
Afraid by Jack Kilborn
The Bad Place by Dean Koontz


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The audiobook of The Lies of Locke Lamora was excellent. Sadly I've only listened to four audiobooks sum total so I'm not an expert. I enjoyed the woman who voiced The Deeds of Paksennarion as well :)


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Amanda (daughterofoak) I've only had two good experiences with audio books, though I've tried many. "Tried" as in only listening to the first few lines, so that's probably why I haven't found many good audio books.
I loved V for Vendetta and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close in audio. Both were amazing and I would catch myself standing frozen in the middle of doing something, just listening. Otherwise, I prefer to hold the book in my hand and read it.


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MrsJoseph *grouchy* (mrsjoseph) | 7282 comments The audio book for Polgara the Sorceress would only put me to sleep. I did enjoy the audio book for The Alchemist but it made me sleepy, too.

My husband has The Gunslinger and he made me listen to a chapter. It was punishment because the reading was so dry and boring. Gah!

He's reading Monster Hunter International right now and seems to be enjoying it a lot! I haven't heard any of it but I can only assume the voice is great since he hasn't complained.


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Becky (beckyofthe19and9) Oh MrsJ, I thought the same thing about Frank Muller at first... The first one was hard to start, and eventually (read: 2nd book) I came to love his reading. It was his Eddie Dean voice that won me over. It was PERFECT.

But then some of his accents (from the 4th book) were hard to take. *shrug*

It's trial and error... I'm going to be listening to the audio of The Three Musketeers soon, because reading it myself will take much longer. I have probably listened to the samples of all of the different readers a dozen times, and I'm only 75% decided which one I'll go with. LOL


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MrsJoseph *grouchy* (mrsjoseph) | 7282 comments The 2nd book? I think I can get Hubby to read it (after he finishes Midnight Riot and Starship Troopers). I already have it in DTB so I'll only check it out in audio if he reads it.


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Becky (beckyofthe19and9) There you go! LOL


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Tiffany Majors | 35 comments I love audiobooks for driving and housekeeping. Finnikin of the Rock was great on audiobook. It's a YA fantasy and was very good.


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Kara (sterlink) | 143 comments MrsJoseph wrote: "The audio book for Polgara the Sorceress would only put me to sleep. I did enjoy the audio book for The Alchemist but it made me sleepy, too.My husband has The Gunslinger and he made me listen to a chapter. It was punishment because the reading was so dry and boring. Gah!..."
Yes, yes, and oh my yes! I have experienced all those and agree.

I can finally help!

These are all excellent books with excellent audio. It's not everything I've listened to, but it's the best so far. (I also concur with Dresden and Gaiman audio mentioned earlier...)

The Way of Kings, narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer (These two also narrate The Wheel of Time series, by Robert Jordan)
Mistborn: The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages, more Michael Kramer.

The Curse of Chalion, narrated by Lloyd James & Paladin of Souls, narrated by Kate Reading.

The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man's Fear, The Knife of Never Letting Go, all by Nick Podehl

The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire, The Darkest Road, narrated by Simon Vance

Soulless, Changeless,Blameless, narrated by Emily Grey




☠The Dread Pirate Grant☠ wrote: "The audiobook of The Lies of Locke Lamora was excellent. Sadly I've only listened to four audiobooks sum total so I'm not an expert. I enjoyed the woman who voiced The Deeds of Paksennarion as we..."

Good to know on both accounts.

Tiffany wrote: "Finnikin of the Rock was great on audiobook. It's a YA fantasy and was very good."

Also good to know!


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James Gonzalez | 131 comments I liked the audio books for the Dresden files. They are read by actor James Marsters (Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). He does a great job.

Although it's not technically fantasy, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War is also a great audio book. It's read by Max Brooks but has it's own voice acting cast, with Mark Hamill, Alan Alda, Rob and Carl Reiner, and a lot more!


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 5387 comments The new one is read by John Glover...had I known that would be the case I might not have pre-ordered it... Hope he's even nearly as good as Marsters.


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I listened to Hard Magic this past week as narrated by Bronson Pinchot, one of the stars of the 80's sitcom Perfect Strangers. Holy Crap, he is Awesome. I just never would have pictured him as a narrator but his voice range is excellent (tho some of his accents were a bit yokel-ish) Overall tho, I'm highly impressed with his talents and plan on seeking out more of his work


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Jason (darkfiction) | 3204 comments I love audiobooks! I listen to them at work all the time. My job is mindless drivel, so I'm lucky in that area.


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Tina | 177 comments I have to second the recommendation of Lloyd James reading The Curse of Chalion.

I also like Stephen Briggs as a reader of Pratchett's discworld series. I especially liked his reading of Monstrous Regiment.

Susan Erickesen is excellent reading all 40-ish books of JD Robb's ...In Death series. So much so that I get the audio first and then buy the books in paperback.


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Vivian (_vivian) | 114 comments Recently started listening to audios, so loving the suggestions! Just started The Knife of Never Letting Go and enjoying it.


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Kara (sterlink) | 143 comments How'd you end up liking it Vivian?

I'd also add the Kate Daniels series to my recommendations for audio listening. Great fun UF, with a hint of romance. Lots of action, magic, and great characters! Starts with Magic Bites, read by Renne Raudman... (give here an hour before deciding on her voice - at first I thought it didn't fit and was a bit monotone, but I quickly changed my mind - she's good.)


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Vivian (_vivian) | 114 comments I liked it a lot, thought the narrator was awesome. It took me a couple chapters to get used to some of the character voices, but I grew to love them. That was a fun week of driving, didn't even mind sitting in traffic :)
If I read the next books, I might go for the books over audio only because I get anxious about what's happening next and I can't speedread through audios, lol.


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Kara (sterlink) | 143 comments Wonderful!


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Emily | 95 comments Becky wrote: "Well, I like a subtle reader, Tracey. I like one who doesn't over-act or do voices, but who just breathes life into the characters and allows THEIR personality to show through the reading. If that ..."

I liked Stephen Fry's reading more too, although I was only able to find the first book through my library system. :(

Kate Reading did a great job with Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series too.

My two other favorite readers (who haven't been mentioned yet):

Davina Porter, for Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series

Patrick Tull, for Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series (Master and Commander, etc.)


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Tyrone (28daysearlier) | 87 comments Emily wrote: "Becky wrote: "Patrick Tull, for Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series (Master and Commander, etc.) ..."

I assume that this is the unabridged versions. I have listened to most of the abridged versions narrated by Robert Hardy and Hardy is just fantastic...to me he is the voice of Jack Aubrey.


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Emily | 95 comments Tyrone wrote: "Emily wrote: "Becky wrote: "Patrick Tull, for Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series (Master and Commander, etc.) ..."

I assume that this is the unabridged versions. I have listened to most of th..."


Yep-unabridged.

I haven't heard Robert Hardy's renditions-it's great when they really capture the character.

I've only heard Patrick Tull, and he reads like he's relishing every word.


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Gavin | 20 comments I am another big audiobook fan.
I have mostly enjoyed Urban Fantasy and romance books, I've had a more difficult time with epic fantasy in audio format for some reason.
Hated the SOT series by Terry Goodkind as an audio,
which surprised me as I loved it as a book.
I did enjoy the Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling, well the first three anyway, I've not worked up the courage to try the later books due the the change in narrators.
I've had both the Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay and The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold on my IPod for well over a year now.
Should I take the plunge and give one of these series a go, and if so which is the better choice.
I love Kay, but have always been told Fionavar is not his best work and the lack of a consistent narrator for the Chalion series has always left me hesitant, after a bad experience with multiple narrators on Sharon Shinn's Twelve Houses.


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Vivian (_vivian) | 114 comments I just started the audio for Curse of Chalion and I like the narrator so far. If you don't like a different narrator later in the series, you can always switch to paper copy.

I listened to New Spring and like Kate Reading a lot, though I'm not sure yet about Michael Kramer. Reading did most of the book, and this was my first book with multiple voices, so maybe I had trouble adjusting to him since he only did a couple chapters.


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 5387 comments I'm listening to The Rook as I type this... :)


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Gavin | 20 comments The Curse of Chalion it is then. Unfortunately the paper copy is not really an option for my poor eyes nowadays, so I'll just hope for the best in regards to the narration.

Mike - The Rook sounds interesting, and they have it over at Audible, so I'll give it a go at some point.


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 5387 comments That's where I got it. :) I usually seem to have an unused credit or 2 at Audible.


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Kara (sterlink) | 143 comments Been listening to Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor Daughter of Smoke and Bone... excellent narrator, Khristine Hvam. Truly very very good with the accents and voices, but also a voice quality that is enjoyable to listen too. Only a little ways into the story, but it seems like good YA fantasy.


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Kara (sterlink) | 143 comments Gavin wrote: "The Curse of Chalion it is then..."

Hey Gavin, I LOVED Lloyd James's narration of Chalion, BUT, Kate Reading rocks it with Paladin of Souls also, and it makes sense to have the female narration (as the main POV character changes to Lady Ista).

I loved them both, and listened to them both, but actually found myself enjoying Palidin of Souls more as a story. Hence, I highly recommend you carry on and can confirm that the lack of consistent narrator is not a deal breaker with the Chalion series.

Oh, and also, concerning The Fionavar Tapestry... I just finished book three this month. I started the series on audio late last year, and they are the only GG Kay books I have read, so I can't say how they compare to his other works. I CAN say, that the story is excellent high fantasy, with VERY involved & interwoven storylines, and great characters. If you like traditional high or epic fantasy, then I don't think you can pass up on Fionavar.

Also, the narration by Simon Vance is excellent! Very few could have pulled it off so masterfully.

The one downside I would mention, is that the audio is LONG, and the storyline between the three books is pretty much continuous. Personally, I had to take breaks and lighten up my listens in between books with some Kate Daniels of Parasol Protectorate. But I'm really glad I've read the series, and I enjoyed the listens a lot!

Oh, one last downside. I don't remember any other audio making me weep quite so much. But I believe that's Kay's writing... not Vance's narration.
=)


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Emily | 95 comments I cried so much at the end of that book-what a wonderful trilogy.


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Gavin | 20 comments Kara wrote: "Gavin wrote: "The Curse of Chalion it is then..."

Hey Gavin, I LOVED Lloyd James's narration of Chalion, BUT, Kate Reading rocks it with Paladin of Souls also, and it makes sense to have the femal..."


I loved Curse of Chalion, and cannot imagine anyone doing a better job with the narration than Lloyd James.

I have just finished Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, great book, and very much enjoyed the performance of both narrators, Kate Reading and Michael Kramer. I would have moved straight on to Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold if I had not found the change in accent of the narrator Kate Reading a little jarring!. She sounds so different speaking in her native English accent.

I'll definitely read the Fionavar Tapestry at some point, I have enjoyed all the other Guy Gavriel Kay books I've read.
I also familiar with Simon Vance as a narrator. I found him a little cold while listening to Casino Royale by Ian Fleming. Then again its not as if Bond is the most lovable guy so perhaps Vance portrayed him well.

I almost always take breaks between books from a lengthy series in audio format. No idea why?. I never did when I was reading books


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Kara (sterlink) | 143 comments Never listened to Vance for anything else... but his voice is very cultured and it works well with GG Kay's writing style (flowing, descriptive, poetic), and also Fionavar (old magic, people of many races, expansive).

Hard to explain, but his voice seemed right for the part.
It's funny, but recently I've found I have a hard time associating a narrators face with their voice. I always end up picturing my imagined character from whichever book.


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Gavin | 20 comments It has been an exiting few weeks for new fantasy audiobook releases over at Audible. Now available are:

The Darkness That Comes Before, The Warrior Prophet, and The Thousandfold Thought by R. Scott Bakker

The Lions of al-Rassan, Sailing to Sarantium, and Lord of Emperors by Guy Gavriel Kay

The Stormcaller by Tom Lloyd

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

I know these are not new books but as far as I can tell it's the first time any of them have been released as audiobooks.

Personally, I've been waiting years for the Bakker and Kay books to get an audio release.

Now if only someone would get round to releasing David Gemmell and Jennifer Fallon's books in audio I'd move from excited to ecstatic!.


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Sandra  (sleo) Yowza! I'm getting Lions of al-Rassan! And thank the stars it's another narrator besides Simon Vance.


message 44: by Sandra (new)

Sandra  (sleo) Yowza! I'm getting Lions of al-Rassan! And thank the stars it's another narrator besides Simon Vance.


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Gavin | 20 comments Sandra aka Sleo wrote: "Yowza! I'm getting Lions of al-Rassan! And thank the stars it's another narrator besides Simon Vance."

Agreed, Simon Vance has a lot of fans but I'm not one of them. I'm not familiar with Uwin Morton but he sounds fine from the audio sample.


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 5387 comments I've wished for a long time someone would get a good reader and contract for Gemmell's books. I'd also like to see Zelazny's Amber books in audio.


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Tracy For an audiobook the reader can make a book or break it. I have put aside many a book that I didn't enjoy listening to the reader. Sometimes I would pick up the nook and sometimes I wouldn't. I have listened to books that I know I would not have read.


Mike (the Paladin) (thepaladin) | 5387 comments True. I've mentioned before that I got started with audio books when they were on cassette (pre-disc). I was getting them out of the library for my wife who had many health problems. Since I had them out, I listened to them to, in my work vehicle. I'm not a mystery fan, but ended up listening to a lot of mysteries just because she liked them. On the other hand books I already knew I liked could be "un-listen-to-able" because of a poor reader.


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Emily | 95 comments I'm currently listening to 101 Dalmatians with Martin Jarvis as the reader. Simply delightful. Another great kids' book on audio was The Witch of Blackbird Pond, read by Mary Beth Hurt.


Nikki (aka Quinn) | 9 comments My favorite fantasy audios...

From Graphic Audio: (takes a sec to get use to since they use background music and sound effects but i looovee it now!)
Elantris, Part 1 of 3 by Brandon Sanderson Warbreaker, Part 1 of 3 by Brandon Sanderson The Way of Shadows. Part 1 of 2 (Night Angel, #1.1) by Brent Weeks
Shadow's Edge. Part 1 of 2 (Night Angel, #2.1) by Brent Weeks Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel, #3) by Brent Weeks

Regular:
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline World Without End by Ken Follett
Abhorsen Trilogy: Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1) by Garth Nix Lirael (The Old Kingdom, #2) by Garth Nix Abhorsen (The Abhorsen Trilogy, #3) by Garth Nix
Curse Worker Trilogy: White Cat (Curse Workers, #1) by Holly Black Red Glove (Curse Workers, #2) by Holly Black Black Heart The Curse Workers, Book Three by Holly Black
Skinjacker Trilogy: Everlost (Skinjacker, #1) by Neal Shusterman Everwild (Everlost 2) by Neal Shusterman Everfound (Skinjacker, #3) by Neal Shusterman


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