Audible - is it worth it?
Posted 24 September 2011 - 05:53 PM
I'm a big fan of librivox and podiobooks and have heard some excellent books from there. I also look on eBay for bargain second hand audiobooks.
I'm thinking of signing up to Audible - what do people think about this service - is it worth it?
I have some specific questions: do I get to preview a narrator before buying a book? If I get the one book a month service and want a second book, do I need to pay full price or is there a membership rate?
Is there another source of reasonably priced audiobooks?
Posted 24 September 2011 - 07:22 PM
Posted 25 September 2011 - 11:12 AM
I miss it at the moment because I've taken a payment holiday (due to husbands redundancy) but I hope to start it up again soon.
Posted 25 September 2011 - 02:19 PM
Posted 25 September 2011 - 04:01 PM
Being able to preview is great and I was also thinking of only getting unabridged longer books. At the moment first on my list is The Help, however that might change when I browse through the site, I'll probably see many that I want.
Posted 25 September 2011 - 04:26 PM
Posted 25 September 2011 - 06:45 PM
The Help was the best audiobook I've heard.
Posted 26 September 2011 - 04:43 PM
I was also quite tempted by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, having never read the book, however, I have seen the 1970s BBC TV version of it, my attention drifted for a moment and then I realised I had no idea what was going on and who everyone was...
Posted 17 December 2011 - 07:57 AM
Posted 17 December 2011 - 02:13 PM
Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:55 PM
If you don't have iTunes I think you can downlaod through their website
Posted 30 March 2012 - 11:34 AM
bad narration can ruin a story.
librivox is an excellent service. I have used it for years and listened to tons of books off it. But as "bad narration can ruin a story" remember that librivox books are read by volunteers and quality varies even chapter by chapter. There is one woman who has a voice like crushed gravel and who should have been banned from any form of public speaking, let alone audio books. Unfortunately, she seems fairly prolific on librivox. Another thing I hate on librivox is Dickens or Stevenson being read with a US accent. Just doesn't work for me. But hey, it's free...
check out "librivox" - they offer FREE audiobooks in loads of languages
well, are you interested in hearing great stories at times when you can't physically read a book. I can't tell you how many books I've finished over the kitchen sink or in the car, or out jogging, or in bed in the dark... it isn't the same as reading a book no, but there are so many books out there and we have so little time. Audio books give us a way to pack as much literature in as we can manage!
I have to say I have never been interested in audio books. I don't feel like I'd get the same feeling I get from reading a book.
Posted 30 April 2014 - 06:56 PM
This thread hasn't been posted in for a while and I was just wondering, does anyone still use Audible? I'm tempted to try it. Is there a choice of file extension or is it just MP3 format?
Posted 30 April 2014 - 07:06 PM
I love it Janet, and have a huge audiobook library on there. What would you use to listen on?
Posted 30 April 2014 - 07:27 PM
I'd like to listen on my Nokia 520 but it only appears to play files in .wma format.
I tried putting Nicholas Nickleby on it (from LibriVox) but for some reason chapters 1 and 5 (of the first 10 chapters) wouldn't show up, but when I tried dragging them again it said they were already there!
I don't have an MP3 player since my iPhone died. I have considered maybe buying an iPod or something - but if I could use my phone instead then obviously that would be better.
Posted 30 April 2014 - 08:04 PM
I still use audible a lot, It's a great service! I listen on my iPod though.
Posted 30 April 2014 - 08:13 PM
Ah, that's a shame. Thanks, Michelle.
I guess I will have to rethink.
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