Audio Books - What are you listening to?

Audio Books - What are you listening to?

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ollyprice87

262 posts

127 months

Monday 2nd March 2020
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Just finished "The Warringham Chronicles part 1". Waiting for the second part to drop so now listening to "American Dirt" little bit different to my usual.

GetCarter

27,727 posts

246 months

Monday 2nd March 2020
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toasty said:
Just finishing another enjoyable Stephen King book - The Institute. Reminiscent of his earlier Firestarter and Dead Zone, this combines the two with an evil institute full of psychic kids.

Looking forward to another Evan Smoak book but have opted for (after another recommendation on here) Peter F. Hamilton's Night's Dawn trilogy to keep me busy for the next year or so.
Just finished the fifth (and last) Evan Smoak. Great stuff. Really great stuff.

Now on The Outsider (Stephen King). About 10 times better than the Sky TV version.... not that that is particularly bad.


Edited by GetCarter on Monday 2nd March 15:39

toasty

6,348 posts

187 months

Monday 2nd March 2020
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GetCarter said:
toasty said:
Just finishing another enjoyable Stephen King book - The Institute. Reminiscent of his earlier Firestarter and Dead Zone, this combines the two with an evil institute full of psychic kids.

Looking forward to another Evan Smoak book but have opted for (after another recommendation on here) Peter F. Hamilton's Night's Dawn trilogy to keep me busy for the next year or so.
Just finished the fifth (and last) Evan Smoak. Great stuff. Really great stuff.

Now on The Outsider (Stephen King). About 10 times better than the Sky TV version.... not that that is particularly bad.


Edited by GetCarter on Monday 2nd March 15:39
Added to my list

bracken78

974 posts

173 months

Tuesday 3rd March 2020
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GetCarter said:
Just finished the fifth (and last) Evan Smoak. Great stuff. Really great stuff.

Now on The Outsider (Stephen King). About 10 times better than the Sky TV version.... not that that is particularly bad.
I just finished the 3rd Evan Smoak book due to you mentioning them last year, fantastic. The 3rd is the best so far. Going to start number 4 soon.

GetCarter

27,727 posts

246 months

Tuesday 3rd March 2020
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bracken78 said:
GetCarter said:
Just finished the fifth (and last) Evan Smoak. Great stuff. Really great stuff.

Now on The Outsider (Stephen King). About 10 times better than the Sky TV version.... not that that is particularly bad.
I just finished the 3rd Evan Smoak book due to you mentioning them last year, fantastic. The 3rd is the best so far. Going to start number 4 soon.
Did you know, if you ring 'the number' you get a response recorded by Scott Brick? Nice touch.

blingybongy

3,020 posts

113 months

Tuesday 3rd March 2020
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bracken78 said:
GetCarter said:
Just finished the fifth (and last) Evan Smoak. Great stuff. Really great stuff.

Now on The Outsider (Stephen King). About 10 times better than the Sky TV version.... not that that is particularly bad.
I just finished the 3rd Evan Smoak book due to you mentioning them last year, fantastic. The 3rd is the best so far. Going to start number 4 soon.


You're in for a treat as the 4th was my favourite, listened to it last week.
Scott Brick could well be the best narrator of all the books I've listened to.
At the minute I'm listening to Kolymsky Heights (Thriller set in Siberia) by Lionel Davidson which is extremely good (I keep making excuses to go and do things for an hour).
Then, the latest Orphan X which I'm looking forward to.

condor

8,767 posts

215 months

Friday 27th March 2020
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I've downloaded a Bill Bryson audio book from my free local library service. 'The road to little dribbling'.
I'm enjoying it. I listen to it when I go to bed, and I fall asleep very quickly. In the morning I repeat the episodes that I've slept through.
It seems to take a lot more time to listen to the words that it does to read them, and it takes a lot longer to focus on what's being said.
I can see myself repeating the episodes a few times over when if I was reading the book I'd get it straight away.
Presumably it's practice - but how do you stop your mind from drifting and losing concentration?

GetCarter

27,727 posts

246 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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condor said:
I've downloaded a Bill Bryson audio book from my free local library service. 'The road to little dribbling'.
I'm enjoying it. I listen to it when I go to bed, and I fall asleep very quickly. In the morning I repeat the episodes that I've slept through.
It seems to take a lot more time to listen to the words that it does to read them, and it takes a lot longer to focus on what's being said.
I can see myself repeating the episodes a few times over when if I was reading the book I'd get it straight away.
Presumably it's practice - but how do you stop your mind from drifting and losing concentration?
We listen when driving... it occupies exactly the right part of the brain. According to Audible we are on book number 117! (I should point out that our nearest supermarket is a 128 mile round trip, so we get plenty of time to listen).

Of the recent listens, I highly recommend Stephen King's 'Mr Mercedes'. Fantastic performance by Will Patton and a very exciting plot.

jontymo

804 posts

117 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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blingybongy said:
bracken78 said:
GetCarter said:
Just finished the fifth (and last) Evan Smoak. Great stuff. Really great stuff.

Now on The Outsider (Stephen King). About 10 times better than the Sky TV version.... not that that is particularly bad.
I just finished the 3rd Evan Smoak book due to you mentioning them last year, fantastic. The 3rd is the best so far. Going to start number 4 soon.


You're in for a treat as the 4th was my favourite, listened to it last week.
Scott Brick could well be the best narrator of all the books I've listened to.
At the minute I'm listening to Kolymsky Heights (Thriller set in Siberia) by Lionel Davidson which is extremely good (I keep making excuses to go and do things for an hour).
Then, the latest Orphan X which I'm looking forward to.
The Orphan X series was epic, i did all 5 books in a row on my my commute to work.

I Listen to a lot of Peter May books with my favourites so far being the Enzo Macleod series and The Lewis Trilogy. Tony Parsons DC Max Wolfe series is also a good listen, i think my favourite listen over the last year or so is Robert Whites Rick Fuller series.

funinhounslow

952 posts

109 months

Saturday 4th April 2020
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"Me" by Elton John, read by Aaron Egerton. I got it from the library for something to listen to when out my for daily Covid walk.

This is the first time I've tried an audiobook (I read the book proper last year) and am thoroughly enjoying it. As noted above, I'm surprised how much longer it takes to listen to than read though... But Egerton's delivery adds an extra dimension. It is very pleasant being "read to" for the first time since I was a child..

The book itself is wonderful and I would highly recommend it - even if you're only a casual fan of Elton John's music. Parts of it are laugh out loud funny, and he speaks honestly and movingly about his difficult upbringing and various struggles over the years.

funinhounslow

952 posts

109 months

Saturday 4th April 2020
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Also, I've never used it, but heard great things about https://www.overdrive.com/

It's a system for "borrowing" audio books from libraries. Many libraries are members, so check your local ones.
Definitely worth popping into your library to find out about borrowing audio books and e-books

My library uses Borrowbox and RB digital...

Ortega56

34 posts

36 months

Saturday 11th April 2020
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Everything by David Sedaris

condor

8,767 posts

215 months

Tuesday 21st April 2020
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I'm now on my 6th audiobook courtesy of my local library ( they use RBdigital). The quality of narrator is so important and I wonder if the authors realise how their work is being portrayed. I'm currently listening to a well known golf pro's autobiography and the narrator can't pronounce 'th' properly , so we have bruvver instead of brother, ovver instead of other, wevver instead of weather etc. It's a book I would prefer to read rather than listen to because of the poor diction.
A book based on beer making in France, which surprisingly had lots of good reviews. The narrator read very quickly and phrases got lost as there wasn't enough time for the brain to process unfamiliar French names or beer making terminology. At the end the narrator read out the Glossary, which would have been better if it had been an optional chapter at the start of the book. It would also have been good if someone had told him to slow down. There was a lot of unnecessary swearing as well, which if you're reading you can gloss over. Having someone shout offensive swear words in your ear as you're dozing isn't that relaxing.
Another autobiography, this time the narrator was good. Although there were some 2 way conversations when the narrator would say who was speaking ie Peter, Yes, me , that's right. Peter, what's right, me, what you just said. Peter....you get the idea. I think 3 whole chapters were like that, or it felt like it!

I've only listened to 6 books so far!

The other 3 have had good narrators. 'The money that never was' by David Luddington had an entertaining narrator who used lots of different voices in his story telling, which made it fun to listen to. The Bill Bryson book was read well to, as was Roger Moores' diary from filming 'A view to a kill'.

I'm sure others will have their pet hates too. Would be interesting to hear more views on the narrator's skill or lack of.. biggrin

GetCarter

27,727 posts

246 months

Tuesday 21st April 2020
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condor said:
Would be interesting to hear more views on the narrator's skill or lack of.. biggrin
On audio book number 118 and there are three narrators that stand out IMHO:

Michael Sheen (Who reads Philip Pullman novels)
Scott Brick (Who reads Gregg Hurwitz novels)
Will Patton (who reads Stephen King novels)

Peter Forbes (who reads Peter May novels) is also worth a mention.

chilistrucker

4,541 posts

118 months

Tuesday 21st April 2020
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GetCarter said:
condor said:
Would be interesting to hear more views on the narrator's skill or lack of.. biggrin
On audio book number 118 and there are three narrators that stand out IMHO:

Michael Sheen (Who reads Philip Pullman novels)
Scott Brick (Who reads Gregg Hurwitz novels)
Will Patton (who reads Stephen King novels)

Peter Forbes (who reads Peter May novels) is also worth a mention.
I got into audiobooks last year and find that the choice of narrator can really make or break a book for me, especially the way it flows and believability of characters. I mainly listen to non fiction crime related stuff.
Mostly modern day stuff relating to covert operations from the side of police, and other operatives, as well as stuff relating to gangs and the underworld from street level, to Mr 'Bigs.'

Good books with good narrators,
Crack House, by Harry Keeble/Kris Hollington, narrated by Damian Lynch
Terror Cops, as above
County Lines, by Jason Farrell, narrated by Paul Thornley.
Soldier Spy, by Tom Marcus, narrated by Jason Langley.

Mr Roper

12,026 posts

161 months

Tuesday 26th May 2020
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Recent ones for me..

Jaws - Peter Benchley.

Just finished Mario Puzo's, The Godfather.

Now onto Michael Chrichton's, Jurassic Park.


toasty

6,348 posts

187 months

Tuesday 26th May 2020
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Absolutely nothing at the moment. No commute, no audio books. frown

K12beano

20,842 posts

242 months

Tuesday 9th June 2020
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toasty said:
Absolutely nothing at the moment. No commute, no audio books. frown
I know - sort of got out of the habit.

I had the Steven Levy book "Facebook: The Inside Story" lined up and I really haven't cracked it yet, because there's so much dross to watch on YouTube, or plenty of Music to consult with....


But "Facebook:TIS" is - well frankly, it's bit boring, so if I sit down with it I'm probably going to fall asleep, and then wonder where I was!!!

manwithbeard

58 posts

132 months

Sunday 28th June 2020
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Lots of audio books to listen to for free on YouTube.
I play one every night to help me fall asleep.
Currently working/sleeping my way through Ngaio Marsh whodunnits - Inspector Alleyne.

condor

8,767 posts

215 months

Monday 6th July 2020
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There are some audio books that are so bad that I have to give up on them.
I don't want to, I listen to the early chapters at least twice to make sure I'm not missing meanings - but sometimes, the books have no appeal, no humour, zero interest.
I then wonder, why would someone bother to recite something so boring/banal that no one would want to read or listen to it? Why would a library list it?
I've downloaded a couple more, so not a big deal smile