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RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I've been working out to Speaking of Faith mp3s lately. In case you aren't an NPR listener (although it seems like many of us are, doesn't it?), Speaking of Faith is a radio show about religion, spirituality, etc. Here's their website, where you can download all their programs and uncut interviews for free by clicking on the individual programs in their archives:


I also like librivox.org, which I think I mentioned on TN not long ago. It's a free site on which volunteers read public domain works and upload their readings. It's a bit more hit and miss, as far as readers are concerned...some are, well, somnabulent...but I've had some good luck here, too:


Question...do you know of any other good free mp3 sits with radio shows, interviews, lectures, etc? I use a Creative Zen mp3 player so I hate the ones that try to send you to itunes for the download...anyone have any ideas?

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Our Library system has audio books that you check out just like a regular book, you may want to see if your does. It has a fairly decent selection, at least of what I was looking for.

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RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I drove 1200 miles in three days this weekend and had my first real audiobook experience. On the way out I listened to The Odyssey. That was fun...I knew the material, could kind of drift in and out, and I thought the reader was excellent. On the way home I listened to Arabian Nights. Besides some jaw-droppingly anti-women sentiment the reader was again excellent although this story doesn't lend itself as well to first-time experiences via audiobook because the stories seem to layer on top of each other and I couldn't entirely keep track of everything. But both stories, I think, were based on the oral tradition, so that helped, I think. I got the Homer from the library website and Arabian Nights from Libravox.

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Aynge (ayngemac) | 1202 comments I check out audiobooks at the library and transfer them onto my iPod. It's so much easier and faster than trying to download them from the internet.

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Sarah | 13815 comments I think you can get the TED talks directly from their website. The New Yorker has some great lectures and readings and interviews but I think I've only listened through iTunes.

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Louise I've found many cool ones here

http://www.guardian.co.uk/audio they have a lot of stuff about books and culture

radio theatre, plays and a nice book podcast

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ms.petra (mspetra) RandomAnthony wrote: "I drove 1200 miles in three days this weekend and had my first real audiobook experience. On the way out I listened to The Odyssey. That was fun...I knew the material, could kind of drift in and ..."
RA, the Harry Potter series is awesome in audio form! I also loved The Road. I think I listened to that over just a couple of days. I know there is an audio thread somewhere, but while working/working out/yard work, I have listened to a lot of the classics I missed when I was younger.

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Lobstergirl | 24154 comments Mod
The Slate audio book club.


message 9: by Helena (new)

Helena | 1058 comments I listen to a lot of audio books- I get almost all of mine from the library through the website. I think it’s called Overdrive.

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