I love the 99.9% of Amazon books I have enjoyed using both the books and the FREE Talk To Me feature - especially on Fire Tablets where the various voices really do work with the text.
I also love / adore / live for the excellent Audible available books that have real actors and fantastic life and fun injected into them.
I've recently re-listened to the excellent "The Martian" on audible. I am sorry, but the book is ok, the Audible is just incredible.
I downloaded "ready, player one" and loved most of it. I can not imagine how any movie could capture the book.
I'm bedtime listening to "Shogun" - yes, I am re-living the wonderful 80's (?) tv series, but the audio is hard to walk away from.
Reason for the post:
1 - eBooks can have the free Talk To Me feature turned on - great for 101 different occasions.
2 - Audible is truly a fantastic opportunity to enjoy old favorites or discover new ones.
3 - Currently Audible charges £7.99 per Credit (roughly) - so that's your total cost of a fantastically crafted and mastered audiobook read by fantastic readers.
I'm still enjoying the Stephen Fry complete Sherlock Holmes collection (Audible buy price= 79.99 / audible credit price = 7.99)
To me, the Stephen Fry complete Sherlock Holmes collection, is the best Audible.com book there is. I have still have 30+ hours to go.
Our Audible prices on this side of the pond are a tad higher at about £11.67 ($14.95 USD) per credit. There are books we can not get here by specific narrators, like any of the Harry Potter books narrated by Stephen Fry, we are "stuck" with Jim Dale. While I have nothing against Jim Dale, I would rather have Stephen Fry do the narrations. So, at this point I choose to have neither...
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Due to failing eyesight I'm building up an "Audible" library and am on the 24 Book Annual Plan, when those credits are used up I can buy 3 more for £11 (£3.67 each) and when those have been used, another 3 and so on. £3.67 is often below the ebook price. I also, occasionally, take advantage of the £2.99 daily deal to try something different.
I agree about "The Martian" and I've listened to it twice. I also love the variety offered by Audible and have many BBC recordings including comedy and drama. I particularly like The Navy Lark, Round The Horne, Just a Minute and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. At the moment I'm listening to Stephen Fry reading "A Bear Called Paddington" and Andrew Timothy reading "The Count of Monte Cristo" with the latter being my bedtime listening as the 19th century language needs a little extra concentration. I'm also enjoying the "Lux Radio Theatre" recordings as they're adaptations of movies and last around an hour each. In many instances they feature the original movie stars. They're the perfect length for some of my bus journeys.
BBC RadioPlayer app is slowly being supplanted by BBC Sounds app, which does not yet allow downloads (but will in future), but has lots of handy things like subscribe to a series. There is a huge amount of drama to be had as well as comedy, as DenP mentioned.
Well worth a look for anyone and especially for those who are not sure about whether they would like the spoken word or not.
Just as an aside, has anyone else started searching for audio books on Audible by presenter? I have come to respect some of the actors who help to translate words into magical aural patterns. I particularly like Ray Porter. First met him reading "The Big Sleep" and he just has a wonderful presence. David Thorpe presenting "Company Of Liars" is formidable.
I've found that I need to stick to just one episode at a time for the comedy boxed sets. Working though "Yes, minister" and "yes, Prime Minister". I think I actually prefer them on radio than on the TV. I fell in love with the timer/chapter auto switch off. Getting a bit sick on only staying awake for the first 2 chapters ;)
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@CombatWombat. I'm finding The Count a very rewarding listen but I accept it's not a book for everyone. I last read it over 50 years ago and recall it took me most of the summer. Yes, it is one of those books that used to be given as a gift but never read. I was lucky in as much as I had access to an early edition which, of itself, made it intriguing but I found the typeface a challenge. No typeface problems with audio books, thankfully, but the English of the time is not that with which we are familiar today.
"Generations have been enthralled by Alexandre Dumas' characters, especially the wronged hero in The Count of Monte Cristo and the daring swordsmen in The Three Musketeers. Yet few realize that these memorable characters were inspired by Dumas' father, General Alex Dumas, the son of a French count and a black Haitian slave. Tom Reiss brings the elder Dumas alive with previously unpublished correspondence and meticulous research, providing the context necessary to understand how exceptional his life as a mulatto general in a slave-owning empire truly was. From single-handedly holding a bridge in the Alps against 20 enemies to spending years held captive in a fortress, Alex Dumas is a fascinating character that not even his son's vivid imagination could have dreamed up."