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Audiobooks

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Anyone here like listening to audiobooks? They've quickly become my favourite method of absorbing books, especially while cycling.

I'm almost at the end of Volume 2 of [Caleb Williams](https://librivox.org/caleb-williams-by-william-godwin/) and have started listening to Orwell's [Homage to Catalonia](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAiQndiWMog) as well.
 

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Yes, to entertain the kids in the car. E.g. Star Wars, Harry Potter, several Disney movies that have audiobooks, Paddington.
 

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I once listened to part of the audio book for Frankenstein, because I was halfway through the book and couldn't find the time to finish it, so I listened to it while I played a game. I want to start listening to audio books while I read, I feel it'll help me get through them quicker.
 

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I have to travel a lot due to work (car, not plane) and have been listening to audiobooks for years between home visits. Favourites include Star Wars novels, audio dramas and fan audio dramas, and Star Trek novels. I'm currently about half-way through the James Bond novels - Fleming and his successors, including film novelizations - and BBC Radio 4 audio dramas. My next big undertaking is the Dune saga, from 'Hunting Harkonnens' to "Sandworms of Dune'. Should take me about 9 months, I reckon.
 

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I listen to a lot of audiobooks on my commute. A great place to find them is through your local library, especially if they partner with Overdrive, which has an audiobook app called Libby.
 

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Are we allowed to talk about audio dramas here as well? I found an awesome fan made X-men audio drama a month or two ago, and binged the first season in a day. I plan on listening through season 2 once it's finished.

Also, along with the Frankenstein audio book, I have purchased a radio drama adaptation on CD from a thrift store. Coincidentally, that day I also bought some Ian Fleming Bond novels.

My library has a bunch of audio books, I should look through them next time I go.
 

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One of my favorites is Tim Pigott-Smith's reading of Bernard Cornwell's The Warlord Chronicles.
 

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I got through the Hitchhiker's Guide with audiobooks. It was weird. The first book I listened to was read by Martin Freeman. The next four were by Douglas Adams. The final one (written by some other guy) was read by some other guy, and it only highlighted the different writing style and poor continuity in the final book. 

Got really heavy into audiobooks for a while, then the Big Finish Eighth Doctor stuff. Now I think I prefer audio dramas.
 

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I've listened to multiple audiobooks to pass the time, mostly Star Wars and Harry Potter. Others include The Martian by Andy Weir, Mythos by Stephen Fry, and BBC Poirot's Finest Cases Audio Drama.
 

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I find it incredibly hard to listen to audiobooks. Unless I close my eyes, sit perfectly still, and send the amount of time necessary concentrating on the words being spoken, it quickly and easily becomes background noise for me. Suffice to say, I much rather sit back and relax with a real book.
 

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Duragizer said:
I find it incredibly hard to listen to audiobooks. Unless I close my eyes, sit perfectly still, and send the amount of time necessary concentrating on the words being spoken, it quickly and easily becomes background noise for me. Suffice to say, I much rather sit back and relax with a real book.

If you ever have a long commute or road trip, it's the best way to pass the time and keep calm while driving, in my opinion. Difficult to listen to at home when tv is an option. I think in some situations we're trained to tune out sounds that last longer than 20 minutes.
 

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addiesin said:
If you ever have a long commute...

Duraguy's only commute is from his bedroom to the bathroom, which is also in his bedroom.
 

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jrWHAG42 said:
I found an awesome fan made X-men audio drama a month or two ago, and binged the first season in a day.

What's it called?
 

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My audiobook library is growing all the time. I'm constantly finding new audiobooks on Audible I want to listen to.

Currently standing at a little over 300 audiobooks on my media server.
 

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While cycling, I got good mileage (literally) from the World War Z audiobook.

Having gone from seeing the mediocre Brad Pitt to this audible odyssey was quite a spectacle. They got so many different actors to do all the parts, I know Mark Hammil was one of them but I couldn't for the life of me figure out which one.
 

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Zamros said:
While cycling, I got good mileage (literally) from the World War Z audiobook.

Having gone from seeing the mediocre Brad Pitt to this audible odyssey was quite a spectacle. They got so many different actors to do all the parts, I know Mark Hammil was one of them but I couldn't for the life of me figure out which one.

Oh my gosh, now I want to listen to this. I never thought about the potential of this as an audio book. I never finished the book unfortunately, I may end up listening to this instead.
 
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