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Audio Books

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by String, Nov 1, 2019.

  1. Nate--IRL--

    Mobster

    Joined: Jul 20, 2004

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    Location: Dublin, Ireland

    This is my current favourite - Narrated by Patrick Tull. I'm currently on Treason's Harbour.

    Nate
     
  2. AndreWright90

    Associate

    Joined: Oct 10, 2019

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    Ya gotta do, what ya gotta do ;) I understand what you mean to be honest, but sometimes it's better that way
     
  3. Angilion

    Man of Honour

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    Location: Just to the left of my PC

    Maybe it's tolerable to some people, but I really wouldn't recommend it to anyone who wants to try an audiobook because it's very likely to put them off audiobooks entirely. A skilled voice actor doing a proper job makes a great deal of difference to an audiobook. Text to speech software is a completely different thing. It's more than the difference between highest quality fresh ground coffee and lowest quality instant coffee powder swept up from the dregs of dried coffee. Technically the same thing, but really rather different things.

    What you'd need for a good automated text to speech audiobook is a program that can understand a book in the same way a person can and make the subtle changes in speech that people make to indicate context, emotions, thoughts, distractions...everything that's included in writing. It would also have to be able to determine which text was being spoken by which character in order to make the voicing consistent, in addition to the aforementioned changes applied correctly for each character and for text not spoken by a character. That's not currently possible. TTS is far better than it used to be and it's a very useful aid to people who can't read or have trouble reading easily, but it's not comparable with a good voice actor for reading a book.
     
  4. Andybtsn

    Don

    Joined: Oct 23, 2005

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    Location: North Yorkshire

    Hi guys,

    I started a 30 day audible trial and nearly finished the book I chose. I was under the assumption that £7.99 a month allowed me to pick and choose whatever book I wanted but it sounds like this isn't the case. If I get one credit a month, how do I pay for another book?
     
  5. Flibster

    Caporegime

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 31,569

    You can either buy 3 extra credits for £17 - https://www.audible.co.uk/extra-credits
    Or, you can buy the books direct through their web site, Amazon, or the app. You can use any payment method you've got linked up in Amazon.
     
  6. Andybtsn

    Don

    Joined: Oct 23, 2005

    Posts: 39,488

    Location: North Yorkshire

    Thank you, I've listened to this first book within a week so I'm guessing the more expensive sub might make sense for me.
     
  7. Danm54

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 20, 2009

    Posts: 1,695

    I started listening about 6 weeks ago and after I'd finished a book I returned it and got my credit back.
    That worked for 8 titles and I'm not eligible to return the 2 since.
    Bought 3 credits for £18 though so still better than ~£20 per book.

    I try and get books that are 9+ hours so it's better value!
     
  8. Werewolf

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    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

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    Location: Panting like a fiend

    Also keep an eye open for the sales you get access to as a member (£3 a title seems to happen once a month or so for a couple of hundred titles), 2 for 1 offers and if you keep an eye on the kindle offers you can potentially pick up an ebook for £1 then add the audible version for £3-5 as they discount the audible cash price if you have the ebook ;)
     
  9. Flibster

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    I'm on the 2 book subscription and have been for 10 years I think. Sitting at close to 1000 books now. 90% of them listened to. Very few returns over that period as well. Daily deals, 2 for 1's, general freebies... dread to think how much it's cost me over that time, but it's been worth it. My sanity remains... Just about anyway. ;)
     
  10. bainbridge

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    I highly recommend the free Audible production about the hunt for the Golden State Killer.

    At first I had my doubts and was contemplating abandoning the audiobook because the surviving victims (before he became a killer) describe, in their own words, the ordeals they endured. Normally I really don't like this sort of stuff, but it must have taken so much courage for them to tell their stories, after years of keeping quiet because of the stigma attached to rape victims in the past, I figured I owe it to them to hear what they had to say.

    I'm so glad I stuck with this book. The detectives, many now retired, describe how they managed to connect the crimes, then connect the rapes cases to the later rapes and killings, then finally realise it isn't 3 different serial offenders. It's one man.

    Then as technology finally progresses they hunt for the owner of the killers DNA and finally ID their man, then gather evidence and move in on him.

    It's a superb book, loads of ups and downs, twists and turns and all recounted by the people involved.

    Another good free Audible production is the hunt for the DC sniper, I won't go on about that one but it's also in the same format and really good.
     
  11. Mr109

    Hitman

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    @[FnG]magnolia I’ve nearly finished 11-22-63 and want more Wasson. I’ve read some Ellroy but I can’t find Ellroy/Wasson combinations on Audible. Am I a half-wit?
     
  12. Colonel_Klinck

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 3, 2007

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    Location: London, UK

    Listening to the Witcher books again because the TV series was just on. I’m a massive fan of Peter Kenny and he reads them all. He also read Iain M Banks books and the Culture novels are some of my favourite books. If you like the fantasy genre of books I highly recommend The Witcher series.
     
  13. Tombstone

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 17, 2007

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    If you want a superb series of audiobooks. Then I have 3 words for you.

    The Bobiverse series.

    /endthread
     
  14. builder22

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    'The Boaby' you say?

    my word
     
  15. Colonel_Klinck

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    ‘thanks they do look good. Added to listen to list.
     
  16. bainbridge

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    Andy McNabb Nick Stone series is good. Read all the paperbacks more than once but the audio books are great too.
     
  17. Flibster

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    Yup. They're great. Bobiverse #4 and #5 should be out this year. Original plan was to be about a month apart in release date.

     
  18. Kutter

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    The coming storm was a freebie last year on Audible and it was a great listen, esp about Noaa, accuweather and how rich companies are making billions from the free information they get from publicly funded NOAA.