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Subject: audio book problems
Date Posted: 7/8/2011 1:30 AM ET
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I have now had two audio books with skips.  the skips are so bad I can't understand the story.  The first person finally gave my credits back.  the second person has not got back to me so far...is there anythng I can do about this?  I would never mail out a book if it has skips.  so now I am out the story and the trade!  Besides the story was really good now I have to go back on the list and wait for a new audio book again!

any ideas???

Date Posted: 7/8/2011 7:03 AM ET
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Have you tried the CDs in another player? Some seem to be more sensative than others.

Date Posted: 7/8/2011 8:29 AM ET
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Try cleaning the CD's . See how at   ehow.com

Date Posted: 7/8/2011 12:15 PM ET
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Yes, please try cleaning the CDs and playing them in a different player or on your computer before contacting the sender. It may be the discs, in which case it is completely appropriate to ask for your credits back, but a lot of skips can also indicate a problem with your CD player.

Date Posted: 7/8/2011 5:46 PM ET
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I have one player that will skip if the cat glared at the CD with thoughts of scratching it, and another that will play almost anything.  It's quite possible that it played fine for the sender, but that your player is more delicate, as mentioned above.

Date Posted: 7/8/2011 5:50 PM ET
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Patty sez "I have on player that will skip if the cat glared at the CD with thoughts of scratching it"

I know this isn't much of a contribution to the thread but Patty you got me falling out of my chair laughing with that one!!!

Date Posted: 7/8/2011 9:03 PM ET
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Audiobooks must be playable to be swapped here, without more than three (minor) skips.

Date Posted: 7/9/2011 9:14 AM ET
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This is why I never trade audiobooks here but get them instead from the library.

1) What if the sender listened to it and it played just fine for them, and the recipient has a cheap player which causes it to skip, so they ask for their credit back? Both are technically in the right--how to resolve? Is the recipient supposed to go out and buy another CD player?

2) Am I expected to listen to the whole book before marking it received? Otherwise how would I know if there are 'more than three 'minor' skips'? Or is there a different procedure for marking audiobooks received with more time allowed? Otherwise, it could be weeks or months before the person listens...if I were the sender and someone sent me a PM two months later saying the book skipped and wanted their credit back, I would tell them to go fly a kite! How do I know it wasn't scratched or damaged by someone in your household during that two-month period?

3) People who very kindly pick up books at garage sales, FOL sales, etc. just to post at PBS should then be very leery of listing audiobooks, since they probably have never listened to the whole thing and would have no way of knowing if there are skips.


Date Posted: 8/12/2011 8:11 PM ET
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Even if you get burned a few time, this is still such a bargain. Especially for audio books.

I've listen to everything the local libraray has to offer. Even to authors I don't really like, just becuase of limited choicesl. Also, most of the library's audios are abridged and I much prefer unabridged.

I just looked at my profile and I've mailed 214 and received 248 (all audios).  I had 2 problems  (someone sent cassette instead of CD and someone sent abridged when should have been unabridged) and in both those cases the people were really nice and refunded credits.  I had one person say an audio I sent had a problem and one time I left a cd out of the box (and couldn't find it). In both those cases I refunded the credits.  Also, I have had maybe  3 or 4 audios that I just didn't pass on because they were too scratched (played ok but had some skips).  This is just to be expected. Their is no lifetime warrenty and eventually the CD's will wear out.

Like I said in the beginning... this is still such a bargain. Especially for audio books.


Date Posted: 8/13/2011 2:50 AM ET
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I second what Debbie said.  There is no way I could pick up audio books cheaper than trading for them here at PBS, even with the best deal I can find at the local thrift/Goodwill. 

I've probably traded for 150 audios, and a lot of what I have traded for are still on my TBR, but so far, I've only had one problem with any that I've listened to - a tape was loose and tangled in my player.  Any CDs that had skips have all been pointed out before hand by the member and were traded in part of a deal as an unpostable.  Maybe I've been very lucky, but I've had great experiences with all of my audios. 

Date Posted: 8/14/2011 11:01 AM ET
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I've received a lot of audios through PBS and haven't had any problems either. It's so much cheaper to trade them through PBS.  I rarely find them used at thrift stores or even the UBS.  I used to find them at Half-price books but even used there they cost twice what 2 credits are worth.  I used to do Audible but you pay $15 for one credit and when you use it it's gone.  You can't trade the book you used it on with anyone.  I don't relisten very often so I decided Audible was a waste of money for me.  I don't trade many audios on PBS anymore but only because I do an audio rental site now and my library has a good selection.

Date Posted: 8/15/2011 8:14 AM ET
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Mary - Which audio rental site do you use?

My library has a great selection of downloadable audiobooks so I never traded here. But in the cases where I had to take the CDs out (like Harry Potter) and transfer them to my iPod, I use a setting in iTunes that fixes some of the mistakes (I know that may not be helpful to those that listen to audiobook in their cars.)

Date Posted: 8/29/2012 1:40 PM ET
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I was recently in a used bookstore that had a large selection of audio CDs and the subject of skipping came up. 
He asked me if I had tried fixing it with the toothpaste method and I said I had never heard of such a thing. 

When I got home, I looked it up on the internet and  here is what I found on eHow:

  • Turn the faucet on warm and have it at medium to low pressure. Hold the CD with your thumb on the edge and your index or middle finger in the center hole. Hold it under the running water just enough to get it wet and clean away any dirt or dust.

  • Apply about a fingertip of toothpaste to the shiny side of the CD (without the lettering or picture on it). Gently smooth the toothpaste over that side of the CD. Make sure you do not scrub the CD with the toothpaste, but gently rub it in. The toothpaste will fill in the scratches.
  • Rinse the CD with hot water and pat dry with a towel. Place the CD back into its case. Repeat this process with the next scratched CD.


    I haven't tried it myself yet, but I do plan on it - Just thought I pass on the info.

    Ann Marie



Date Posted: 8/29/2012 4:29 PM ET
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Ann Marie, that toothpaste method scares me. You know dang well someone is going to try it with a gritty toothpaste and then wonder why their CD is all scratched up :(

I have had mixed luck on PBS with swapping audios. Quality-wise, cassettes were actually better than CDs. The last CD batch I got was the first I've had a lot of skips in. Haven't had time to try to do any fixing on them and the skipping is in my car, which are supposed to be the CD players with the best stabalization and least skipping because they are build to handle a lot of movement. Hopefully I can get them to be swappable.

Date Posted: 8/29/2012 8:52 PM ET
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If you're worried about the toothpaste method, use denture cream.  That's what I use to clean my vintage jewelry with.  It has no grit. 

As far as skipping, I would try cleaning with some rubbing alcohol (that's what comes in the kits...or at least the fancy little kit I bought) and a soft cloth that has no fibers that will stray.  Also, try playing on another player, like your computer. 

Date Posted: 8/30/2012 3:44 AM ET
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Vitallia, Thanks for the idea to try the denture cream - I wouldn't have thought of that. 

I actually try an pick up cassettes over CD most of the time myself.  I know most people don't have players anymore, especially in their vehicles, but I like the convenience of being able to stop the tape, rewind, or move it to another car/player without having to listen to a whole track again like with a CD. 

I have two portable players that I picked up for $2.00 at Goodwill - I have one sitting in the car on the passenger seat - the other I move around the house with me.  This way, I can listen almost anywhere.

And don't lose faith, Melanie - I've had CDs skip in the car, yet play fine in the house - hopefully you'll have the same luck with yours.