Audiobook Week: Discussion on no0bs

Jen from Devourer of Books is having a June is Audiobook Month celebration with audio week. You should go check out her posts from the week, even if you haven’t listened to audio. Today’s discussion is audio books for people who haven’t tried them, and mine will be YA and Kidlit based.

I want to try an audiobook!

I did too! So not long ago I set up an audible account that I completely ignored. I lost credits/money and hardly ever downloaded anything because I forgot. Then I realized I was losing my credits/money and promptly downloaded seven books I never listened to.

Fast forward a few months and I ended up in a conversation with a Brilliance Audio publicist. He sent me a HUGE box of audio books and I looked through them. I stared at them. I read the backs of the boxes and I was scared. I chose to listen to The Piper’s Son read by Michael Finney.

I don’t have an AUX plug in my car so for the moment I enjoy employing CD audio books.

So you are new at this too? What have you listened too so far?

I am new at this :D I tried for two years to get into an audio book and my reasons were. I can read faster, I have a toddler, I never go anywhere in my car (which is still mostly true so it takes me a while to complete a book). Since The Piper’s Son however I am enjoying audio more than I ever thought I could. My daughter has become a HUGE audiobook fan and we listen together a lot as well. Here is what I have listened to so far.

The Piper’s Son
What Happened on Fox Street
Eona (in progress)
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid

What book should I start with?

I don’t feel qualified to answer that question. Mostly every book people told me to start with didn’t start me off either. I would say simply pick a genre you love, or a book you can read over and over again and start there.

I have questions for audiophiles

If you guys listen to tons of audio can you answer these for me?

Do you ever want to come inside and continue with paper? (So far I haven’t but I am close to doing that with EONA)

Where else can I listen to my CDs besides my car?

Is it okay to rip the CD and put it on my MP3 player or is that bad?


6 Responses so far

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    I’m definitely an audiophile.

    Do you ever want to come inside and continue with paper? – Occasionally I do, with a great mystery or something. If so, I just get the hard copy from the library or something and pick up where I left off.

    Where else can I listen to my CDs besides my car? – I listen while cleaning, grocercy shopping, working out, walking, taking a shower, while doing just about anything that your body can easily do without thinking too much about it.

    Is it okay to rip the CD… I do it all the time. I use CDs I own or library books. It makes it easier for me to listen to books while doing other things and it gets the library books back into circulation faster.

    Hope that helps! Please feel free to e-mail me if you have more questions. I’m always excited when someone new discovers audiobooks.

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    Bummer that audible didn’t work out for you, but kudos for trying again. I think that’s really the key – just switch around a few things that turned you off the first time and make it work, a la Tim Gunn. As for your other questions…

    Do you ever want to come inside and continue with paper? – Yeah, but try not to do that – it can be really disconcerting to go back and forth. I did it with The Help because I just needed to find out what was going to happen, but it really messed up my experience. I try to squelch this impulse and keep my print and audio reading separate.

    Where else can I listen to my CDs besides my car? – I had this problem too since the only CD player I have in my house doesn’t really move. If you have a computer in a good spot, or move your laptop around, you can listen to CDs there – I do this all the time. And on this subject…

    Is it okay to rip the CD and put it on my MP3 player or is that bad? – No idea if it’s good or bad (I’m not a big fan of reading fine print), but I know I do it all the time with library books! I make myself feeling better by deleting the files after I listen to the book, so my conscience is assuaged that way. I download everything to my iPhone, and since my phone is always with me, I always have a book. I carry it everywhere and either use headphones or just let it play out loud. I think you can do this with most MP3 players as well.

    I hope you find some good audiobook recommendations this week and that you have more success with them in the future!

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    Yes, I rip the cds and put them on my mp3 player. Does your car have a tape deck? You can get an adapter for your mp3 player so you can plug it into the tape deck, then you can just move from the car and continue listening inside while you make dinner, clean, etc.

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    I’ve ripped CDs to my ipod. It’s the only way I can listen to them. I listen while doing housework and running. So far I haven’t had to switch from audio to paper.

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    I’m still debating on the audiobook experience myself. I only ever listened to Stephen King reading his short stories which was great.

    I’m not sure if it’s legal/illegal to rip CD’s. I know iTunes allows you to import them into your library, but if they’re CD’s you don’t own, like from a library or borrowed from a friend, I’m not sure. It can be done, though, easily. But as I only owned one audiobook I can’t be of much help. Sorry!

    If I’m sitting at home, not in the car or out and about, I find it easier to read the book rather than listen to a tape, but I never like missing out on another way to experience a book.

    Was Linger a good book to listen to? I think that might make an interesting series to hear on audio.

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    Listening to audiobooks took some getting used to for me (I’m a visual learner), but now I really enjoy them. Lucky for me, because my car radio isn’t working that well now. I also listen to them while cleaning house or walking. It’s a great way to catch up on good books that I never got around to reading. I’m listening to THE UGLIES now and loving it. The best I’ve listened to is M.T. Anderson’s FEED– I’d recommend getting that one even if you’ve read the book. Another favorite is THE LIFE OF PI.

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