Audio Books (I need your help!)

I m getting super bored of my commute and music isn’t cutting it anymore to keep me awake.

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In the past when I have reached this point I have always listened to audio books, and it seems to work really well.

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The only problem is I am cheap and don’t like paying for audio books.  There are apps where you can find free versions of most of the classics, but I have listened to all the good ones and am not really in the mood for a classic anyway.

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So I have decided to buy an audio book!

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But I need your help!  I am looking for a current ish book that translates well into audio format.  That means there can’t be a ton of politics and names that I have to keep track of.  It also means that I don’t need to pay super close attention. (I will be driving) So what are you thoughts?  What book should I choose?

Why did you choose the one you did?  Let me know in the comments! Also, how do you buy/listen to your audio books?  I was thinking Audible, but I don’t really want to do a subscription?

21 thoughts on “Audio Books (I need your help!)

  1. I use Overdrive through my local library. It’s great. They have soooo many titles available and you can generally borrow them for 2-3 weeks. I also recommend The Cuckoo’s Calling. It was a great audiobook.

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  2. I chose Daughter of the Pirate King, but I haven’t read it. I just have it on my list coming up. The Harry Potter series on Audible with Jim Dale is great. Also, many are on YouTube. Hope that helps. 💖

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  3. I was going to vote, but I actually haven’t read most of those. I listened to Nevernight as an audiobook, but I’d say ultimately that I think this one is better read since the book itself subscribed to footnotes (which I think is really cool, but it doesn’t transfer over super well in audio format).

    You can find a lot of audiobooks on YouTube nowadays and there’s also a site I used occasionally to listen to them called, which has a fair selection.

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  4. Honestly, I think audible is super worth it. Because you can get one book a month with you’re “free” credit, and then they have sales and specials ALL the time, so you can get some audio books for like $4 or less, and even factoring in the monthly fee of $16, that’s still less than most audio books on their own. And if you only listen to a book to and from work it may take you a while to get through it and then you’ll have time build up credits and get a few books at a time.
    (I say “free” because technically you get the credit the day your monthly fee is charged)
    I do recommend listening to a sample of the book to be sure you don’t absolutely HATE the narrator.
    At the very least, you can do a one month free trial of it, and get one of the books on your list.

    OR if you have a used book store nearby, or even good will, and a way to play them, you can check there for physical CDs of audio books. I’ve gotten tons for super inexpensive at Half Price Books in Texas.

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    1. I have justified buying Audible using those very reasons, but I tend to not use subscriptions to their full potential (mostly the gym) so I am hesitant. If I can find something cheaper than I will try that first. In the past I have used an app called “audiobooks” by Inkstone Software Inc. They have a free section for LibriVox Live books that has all the classics. You can buy other books too, but they are similar priced to Audible’s full prices so it would be better to subscribe, like you said. I didn’t really know of any other options so that is why I threw it out there 🙂 just to see what else I could do. I will probably end up with Audible because I trust Amazon, but we will see what I can figure out. I like the youtube idea from Mischenko but I am guessing they won’t have a lot of the newer stuff?

      I do like the idea of listening to the sample first! That is super helpful. I have noticed that some narrators I like and others I don’t, but it didn’t occur to me to listen to the samples. For some reason I was thinking of those as tools to tell if you would like the book, but I always read the synopsis so never bothered with the sample. (but the books were free so it didn’t matter if I didn’t like it!)

      Thanks for the response! Its super helpful 🙂

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  5. My favorite audiobook so far has been Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor which I got through Audible. Excellent narration, story is very well done and unique yet easy to follow. I tend to listen while in the shower or in the car both of which involve a four year old’s company so I can definitely attest that it was a listen that didn’t require 100% concentration.

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  6. I voted for Ready Player One. I loved that book, I think there should be enough to keep you entertained over a long commute! Plus, not a week goes by without hearing praise for Wil Wheaton’s narration for that book it seems, it’s definitely a fan favorite among audiophiles!

    Also, I see someone has mentioned checking out your library’s Overdrive titles. Honestly, I couldn’t live without my library’s Overdrive audiobook collection. I even pay a for an out-of-state membership to access Brooklyn Library’s titles, because they have a lot more books. So worth it, for like $40-50 a year.

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  7. An update on this.

    I looked at all the books suggested in the comments but I wanted a fantasy book so I went with the winner of the poll: Ready Player One. Ready Player One received 2 votes. Daughter of the Pirate King, The Gender Game, and Nevernight all received 1 vote. I looked on youtube and couldn’t find a good version that hadn’t been removed. I looked at my library but they only had 2 audio copies and there was a HUGE waiting list. (I didn’t know they had waiting list for digital audio-books? Apparently they don’t just open it to anyone you still have to “rent” it) So I went ahead and got Audible. It seems like it is the best resource for Audio books.

    I am a little over 2/3rds through the recording and I am loving it!!! I can’t wait to hear what happens. I got the Wil Wheaton Version and he is awesome! Thanks again to everyone who took the time to comment and share their thoughts!


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