I checked out Audible.com and $15/month seems a little steep for only one book each month. What other/better sites are out there? Where do you get your books on "tape"?
And...before anyone suggests the public library, I recently moved overseas and don't have access to an American style library (although I can still log into DC's library system, I bet, online for things like kindle lending).
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ETA: Wow! That was so easy - I didn't even need to find my library card, the login had an option to use my dl number.
Thank you Skye!!
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I read/listen to 8-10 books a month. There's no way I want to spend that kind of money on something that I will use once. I don't reread or relisten to books--there are too many out there that I want to get to.
I'm not a tv watcher so like rescuedog, I have a book on in every room of my house so when I'm cleaning, folding laundry, knitting, etc., there's a book an audio book going on. And, of course, there's one on in the car!
If you are home and working out and you are near a computer, play the youtube video while you work out.
And the cost is perfect -- FREE !!
THANK YOU for telling us about audio books on You tube!! I am listening to Doctor Sleep right now by Stephen King. I only allow myself to listen when I walk on the treadmill and I have been walking A LOT!
btw, I LOVE you name
I have been trying to find a reliable source of audio books that are reasonably price (not $28 from the publisher -- Really??!!). I don;t understand why I can buy a paperback for $7.99 or a hardback for $24.99, but the exact same audio book is $28 or more!
One site I found, the first book was great but the others I ordered were obviously bootleg. I have stopped ordering from that site.
I tried Audible.com (which is owned by Amazon) and had one of the worst user experiences intertwined with one of the worst customer support experiences that I literally canceled my membership within 30 minutes without getting anything. I wrote a complaint to Amazon and their response was "well, we don;t run the site so we don't care" (I am paraphrasing obviously)
I am trying another site right now. You pay a monthly fee and can listen to the book, but not download. I will report back if it like it.
I also checked with my local library, but they did not have much of a selection and had nothing available that I wanted to listen to.
Dr Sleep by Stephen King was a complete book on You Tube. And also a very good book, IMO
However 2 other books by Stephen King, Fire Starter and From Buick 8, were both no goes. Fire Starter turned to static after about 2 hours and From a Buick 8 was yanked (bootleg) when I was on about 2 hours.
I had good luck with an older Lee Child book (Jack Reacher series), but then started to listen to a newer book (Never Go Back) and it is not complete -- only about 1/2 was available. Thankfully someone added a comment about it, but only after I started to listen. grrr
And a David Baldacci story (The Forgotten) also ended about 1-2 chapters short.
Michael Connelly's The Gods of Guilt was complete.
So I have had about 50/50 luck with You Tube. But the frustration of getting into a book and then having it cut off??? ARGH!!
My wife "orders" her audiobooks on the intra-loan website. When the audiobook arrives, our library sends her an email.
When she "orders" a book, she is put in a queue for the resource. When her name gets to the top, that's when the audiobook is delivered. Some books can arrive in a week, others (like a current popular title) could take 3 months. Your mileage will vary.
I listen to audiobooks a lot (for the same reasons as Skye ) and use my local library's online service and subscribe to audible. I only use my credits for books that cost more than the monthly subscription price.
I also buy used audiobooks on both amazon and ebay. The most recent/popular books are not usually cheap, but less popular or older books are sometimes very cheap. On amazon, you usually need to click on "Check all formats" to see the audio version prices.
Cheaper still, are the audio books in thrift stores and at the bookstore and donation sales run by my local library. (These places seem to have books by John LeCarré, John Grisham and/or David Baldacci in particular abundance.)
Finally, if you are prepared to listen to abridged versions of some books, then BBC radio is a very rich source of book readings, dramatized versions of books and plays. Most of the readings are only available for a week after the broadcast, but you can listen to them 24/24. (It's also possible, of course, to find software that enables you to record them.)
I particularly enjoy Classic Serial, which usually divides books into 2/3 or 4 parts, each lasting about an hour. Book at Bedtime and Book of the Week serialize a variety of books in shorter episodes, over a week, or two weeks. One often has recent books which have received a lot of publicity (eg The Goldfinch) but, as I said, they are abridged, to fit into the time slot.
You can subscribe to a free weekly email that alerts you to what's coming up. If you're interested in finding more, go to the web sites for BBC Radio 4 and/or BBC Radio 4 Extra; select "Categories" and then "Drama". Radio 4 is the main one, Radio 4 Extra is mainly repeats, but often has an omnibus of the serials, rather than the individual episodes.
Radio 3 is principally a Classical music station, but also offers some plays of a more highbrow nature.
PS If any of this is not clear or you have more questions, you're welcome to send me a private message.
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