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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.

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everraven From: everraven Date: May 9th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC) (link)
I really haven't got into audio books - which I should, I mean it isn't like my trusty Zen couldn't hold a few dozen on him.

Howfor good is this "Audible.com" you speak of?
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: May 9th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC) (link)
I haven't yet downloaded a single thing. kesterly has been using Audible for quite a while for re-listening to The Wheel of Time and some of the lighter other fantasy fiction for the first time.

I wouldn't use it for any of the podcast services that they have for the NPR stuff, because you're essentially pay for things that you'd otherwise get for free.

I think audio books are ridiculously expensive, but the membership program allows you to get credits per month that in turn can buy audio books for significantly cheaper than if you were buying them outright. Then again, Audible isn't having to stamp CD's or warehouse/inventory anything, so they are making money hand-over-fist.
birdofparadox From: birdofparadox Date: May 9th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC) (link)
The Devil in the White City

Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: May 10th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC) (link)
Based on the descriptions, both of those sound perfect for me. Thank you!
gsan From: gsan Date: May 9th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC) (link)
I've really enjoyed Nothing's Sacred by Lewis Black (read by him). It's basically his autobiography, mixed in with a good bit of misc. humor. It really gives you a sense of how he got to be the messed-up, hilarious wacko he is :p
wyldkyss From: wyldkyss Date: May 9th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC) (link)
The only podcasts I listen to are NPR ones I think. We are geeks :)
kesterly From: kesterly Date: May 10th, 2007 01:32 am (UTC) (link)
my god.. i can't list everything i've downloaded.. ok .. probably could but that would take effort. Wheel of Time, Song of Fire and Ice, dune series (esp the newer ones)....uumm... snow crash :P
but then I'm on the road lots, which is when i mostly listen. But I love Audible.com. Only had problems with a couple files which they fixed and resent to me.
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