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Audio Books versus Print Books; and Recommendations

zordac got me a Creative Zen Vision: M for Christmas, which so far I have used only for NPR Podcasts like This American Life, Fresh Air, the Car Talk Call of the Week, and Marketplace.

In addition to the mp3 player, zordac also got me a year's subscription to Audible.com. I have now banked five (5) credits and will start to lose my credits if I don't spend them after six months (i.e. I will lose the credit I earned in December if I have not used it by the middle of June).

So, I'm writing to find out if you, my literary coven of friends, have any recommendations on what titles I should spend these credits on.

Any fiction or non-fiction is fair game, although I would prefer to listen to something new to me (unless I MUST reread to progress to later installments, such as those endless masochistic works of of fantasy fiction). I would also prefer but by no means require that the performance of the narrator distiguishes the audiobook experience from the book itself.

I am afraid that the audio book will lack the function of quickly accessing information for reference. Historical non-fiction such as The Hero With a Thousand Faces and Sailing from Byzantium: How a Lost Empire Shaped the World, may lose some of its usefulness if I have to listen to the whole thing to find a tidbit of information that I may later want to reference or simply refresh in my mind.
Tags: audiobooks, fiction, literature, non-fiction
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