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Subject: Do you audiobook?
Date Posted: 7/2/2008 10:19 AM ET
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Just wondering what are your favorites to listen to!

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 10:34 AM ET
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I've started listening to a lot of audiobooks in the last few months.  For me, contemporary romance doesn't carry over well to audio.  I really don't like listening to love scenes on the way to the office!  I like chick lit, romantic suspense or thrillers much better in audiobooks.  There are some Jayne Ann Krentz and Amanda Quick titles (Falling Awake, Second Sight) that were excellent in audio. 

If you do like mystery -thrillers, I've really enjoyed the audio books by Phillip Margolin and Joseph Finder.  Jason Priestly reads the latter, and does an excellent job!

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 11:02 AM ET
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I like audiobooks for long drives in my car.   Our library has a decent selection that I can download to my mp3 player.  I just downloaded Death Angel - Linda Howard and No Choice But Seduction - Lindey for our upcoming road trip. 

I can't listen to audiobooks while working, I get give it enough attention to follow the story. 

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 11:06 AM ET
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I actually got into the Outlander series via Audiobooks - the masterful unabridged recording by Davina Porter - and now I can't read/listen to it any other way, which kinda sucks because they are very expensive. The first 3 books I got at a decent price at Audible but they didn't have Drums when I wanted to continue with the series (and I was dying to.) After looking around, I found somebody who sold me a copy of Drums, Cross and Ashes for $35. I felt bad because I would have prefered to buy them the legitimate way, but they were over $100 each!

Sharon - I don't care about sex scenes via audiobooks either. I used to be soo embarassed with Outlander (as if Davina was right there with me) but now I got over it. :)

I listened to Pride & Prejudice (the first time I read the book) and it was wonderful. I actually prefer reading Jane Austen that way - English is not my first language and she has such long sentences! It took me a while to get into the rythym of the paragraphs when I read Northanger Abbey.

I also like Mysteries in Audiobooks. I listened to And Then There Were None and it was also wonderful. Another series I started listening was the Deanna Rayborn "Silent" mysteries (she has only two) but I got upset that they have different narrators for the two books and the hero got an accent for the second one! Yes, I know he's supposed to be Half Scottish and Half Gyspy but they could have figured out the accent in the first book.

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 11:36 AM ET
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I LOVE audiobooks. They are replaced the radio for me. I'm listening to Stephen King's Everythings Eventual which is 5 short stories read by 5 different people. Very good so far.

My favorites are mysteries (The Cat Who mysteries, by Lillian Braun are great!) and suspense. I try to stay away from abridged books. They always leave the good parts out. :(

I'm with Sharon and usually try to stay away from romance that will have sex scenes in it. I'll read those for myself although I just got a copy off of Ebay of the Outlander. I'm sure I will be ok with that one. I can't wait to listen to it. :D

Self help books are another fun one for me. I can read them (they make me sleepy, lol) but I can listen to someone read them to me. I just finished Don't Bitch, Just Get Rich. Great book and read by a guy with a dreamy Aussie accent. Bonus!! It really made me take another look at how I live my life.

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 11:47 AM ET
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I am practically OBSESSED with audio books!! I love to hear a good narrator read a good story, and maybe it's weird to some of you but I have absolutely no issues with the hot love scenes being read into my ears. I have an ipod, and I just strap that thing around my neck on a lanyard and listen while I knit, clean house (rarely), wash dishes, work in the yard, drive to town.

I think it's all about the narrator - a great narrator almost makes me forget I'm not reading it myself!

Anna Fields/Kate Fleming was an incredible narrator - she did all the SEP books available except for Just Imagine - I have every one of them. (unfortunately she was killed in an accident in Dec 06). She has narrated a ton of other books as well.

Simon Prebble is wonderful - he did the 3 Julia Quinn Bridgerton books available on audible.com.

Davina Porter - wow, she is also excellent for the Outlander series as well as the Isabel Dalhousie books by Alexander Smith McCall! Jeff Woodman narrates the Lord John books by Gabaldon, and he is truly great too.

Barbara Rosenblatt is great in the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters.

I did not like Juanita Parker reading Feehan's Dark series, but others did, so YMMV.

Gabra Zackman has done a lot of romance narration, and I think she's good - I got Sarah Mayberry's All Over You with Zackman reading it. All Over You is the 2nd in a series, and the 3rd is Hot For Him with a different narrator, also very good. I didn't like Mayberry's Burning Up - but I loved All Over You and Hot For Him, go figure.

I find when I like the audio book, I'll listen to it multiple times. I have now listened to all of the SEP books at least 3 times and even the ones I didn't like as much are growing on me!! I'm currently on my 3rd time through the Outlander series. Did I mention I was obsessed??

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 11:50 AM ET
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I love audio books. They've been my sanity saver this past couple months.  With a house to sell, a home daycare to run, a cross country move to plan and a new house to find-I haven't had time to sit and read much. But I can wear headphones while doing some work, I play them in the car and while walking. 

The Stephanie Plum books are fantastic on audio.  So are the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris. The Harlan Coben Myron Bolitar Series was great.     I also loved the Harry Potter books, the JD Robb In Death books, The Woman's Murder Club series by James Patterson as well as his Alex Cross books.  Anything by Patricia Cornwell and the Tempe Brennan series. I just loaded up my IPOD with a bunch of Nora Roberts, Laurell K Hamilton, Christine Feehan's Dark series, The Great Gatsby, The Passion of Artemesia and Forces of Nature by Suzanne Brockman.  I got most of them from the library.  I downloaded A Grave Mistake by Charlaine Harris from Audible.

For my cross country trip I have the following CD books already in the car: Shiver by Lisa Jackson, Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich, a Nevada Barr and a Harlan Coben book the names of which escape me right now.

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 1:28 PM ET
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I have only listened to two audio books. It was on a 16 hour road trip to Key West. I can't read in the car without getting violently ill, so that was my savior. I have a very short commute so that wouldn't work for me either, but I have been contemplating downloading some onto my iPod for when I run. I just wonder about my cadence while listening to a story...would I run faster during love scenes? :o) I think the narrator is important too. One of the books I have previously "read" I really liked and one of them I hated....I think that was mainly the book though!



Date Posted: 7/2/2008 2:55 PM ET
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I hit the Library up and I also belong to Simplyaudiobooks.com.  I recently listed to Salem's Lot by Stephen King (only the 9 millionth time) and it was great.

Recent listens:

Tears of the Moon - Nora Roberts

Dark Desire - Feehan

The sex scenes don't bother me...if I can watch them on TV I can listen to someone tell me about them.

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 8:23 PM ET
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I've just started with the audio downloads..my faves so far have been mostly kid's books - A year down yonder is my absolute favorite and the Boxcar Children and Judy Blume 'fudge series'.

In the grownup books I've listened to abridged tapes of janet evanovic's 4, 5 and 6 and they were really good. I also love Rebecca Well's yaya stories - little altars everywhere and divine secrets of the yaya sisterhood. I've downloaded a bunch of nora roberts and a couple of mysteries too to listen at the dog park, while sewing and cleaning, relaxing in the tub, or on longer commutes.

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 8:28 PM ET
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I listened to audio books for my first time when I took a long, long roadtrip from Pennsylvania to British Columbia, Canada.

I really liked listening to Jane Austen audio books and "Tears of Rage" by John Walsh.

I hated listening to romance novels in audio format. My friend and I spent more time laughing over the terrible accents, the terrible male voices, and the overexxagerated sex scenes than we did listening to the actual storyline.

Luckily, I borrowed them from my library, so I could figure out what ones I enjoyed listening to! :)

Date Posted: 7/3/2008 2:58 PM ET
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Wow- you ladies like your books!

Our library has a great selection of audibooks and my DH gave me a gift card to audible.com.  I've already listened to Outlander and DIA but for some reason I don't want to listen to the others, the first two are my faves. Anyway, some of the narrators on audible just drive me nuts, even when reading my favorite authors and I can't hear Davina Porter as anyone other than Claire.  I may give the suspence/mystery books a try, I can't do ALL romance because I'd hate to sew my finger together or clean the dishes with lysol since my mind wanders way too much.

Jane Austin! Why didn't I think of that? Great reads ladies!

Date Posted: 7/3/2008 3:41 PM ET
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I would DEFINITELY urge you to read Voyager in the Outlander series....I had to go and get it the night I finished DIA because I was in immense emotional turmoil :) It's sad really but I am obsessed with that series!

I am going to try Jane Austen too! I have read several of hers but it might be nice "hearing" them....


Date Posted: 7/3/2008 10:39 PM ET
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I've listened to a lot of classics on audio.  Books that are just kind of dry to sit and read (feels too much like High School English class).  They're a little more exciting to listen to instead of read. I mostly listen to mysteries on audio but some romance.  The sex scenes don't bother me much.  The 1st time I heard a man read a sex scene I thought it was kind of odd but now I don't notice.  I do find that I walk faster when a thrilling scene in a mystery comes on or a spicy scene in a romance.  Right now while cleaning the house, purging, packing and such-I've been listening to the Morrigan's Cross trilogy by Nora Roberts. These are not books I normally would have sat down and read but the library had the CDS so I loaded them onto my IPOD.  It helps pass the time when you have a boring task that doesn't require a lot of concentration-like weeding, mopping the floor or whatever. 

I have 6 audio books on CD in my car now for the cross country drive.  2 mysteries, 1 memoir, 3 romantic thrillers.  I bought them all used at the FOL kiosk at the Library or at Half-price books.  I have around 10 loaded on the IPOD.  Although I think the Laurell K Hamilton books might be a little too steamy to sit there and listen to in the car on a long, long drive.  But we'll see.

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Date Posted: 7/4/2008 12:24 AM ET
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I'm another audio lover!  Not too many romances appeal to me as audios, but I've heard several Jennifer Crusie books on audio and they were great, as was Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella (which they say is supposedly chick lit, but it sure follows all the rules for a romance novel if you ask me!)

Yup,  Stephanie Plum rocks on audio! I'd recommend those to almost anyone who's interested in a laugh!  And the Outlander books are great as listens -- I like the narrator for the Lord John ones too.

I also love sci-fi/fantasy and paranormals.  I've found Lois McMaster Bujold's books to be fantastic (often romantic -- even in her pure sci-fi Vorkosigan series, she did one of the books as a tribute to the classic romances) and consistently well narrated.   Her Sharing Knife saga is total romance in a fantasy clothing and made me all smiley to listen to it.

The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer is great on audio -- I'm currently relistening to them all in anticipation of the fourth book coming out next month.

I also really like Rachel Vincent's Stray and Rogue (paranormal werecats -- action/suspence) and Maria V. Snyder's Study series as audios.  I think Audible.com has those as exclusives.

For those of us with a warped, twisted sense of humor, Christopher Moore's books seem better to me read aloud then they do on paper.  I especially liked A Dirty Job and The Stupidest Angel.   It cracks me up how much my mom liked those too!


Date Posted: 7/4/2008 9:26 AM ET
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You know Alexis, I got into Christopher Moore because of Audible - not that I listened to any of his books but somebody was recomending him, I heard an excerpt and cracked up! I couldn't afford the buying the audiobook so I just picked up A Dirty Job in the library. It was a hoot! Another one I read by him was You Suck but I didn't like that one as much...

Date Posted: 7/4/2008 9:59 AM ET
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I'll have to check out that Twilight series..haven't heard of it but if it's paranormal I'm still getting my feet wet there! I wish Jim Butcher's Dresden files were on cd...I've been doing audiodownloads from the library and the selecting is pretty good at 2 llibraries in my area but the 3rd one isn't so good..none have butcher's stuff though :-( but I m ight can find the cd's at the library or at audible..getting used to the free stuff though so hate to part with the money!

I'm on the waiting list ofr a couple jennifer crusie eaudiobooks..hope they're funny on recording..they were hilarious in book form!

Date Posted: 7/4/2008 6:56 PM ET
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Love, love, love audio books. I used to listen to them all the time at work  (when I was doing data entry type jobs). I can't listen to them at work with the job I have now :(

I also loved the Stephanie Plum, In Death by JD Robb and the Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris series'. I used to listen to a lot more suspense though. Robert Ludlum's books are really good, especially the Bourne books.

Date Posted: 7/4/2008 7:11 PM ET
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I'm trying to figure out how to listen to them while doing my job - which I can do but boss recently got ticked off and took it out on someone walking around with their handless setup and cell phone while running a test and said none of that stuff...like it matters since we walk around with the cordless ph one talking to production while we run their stuff and that's actually much more disruptive than the other...on night shift and weekends I usually read between running samples but during the day shift it'd be nice to have something 'light' to listen to..no Laurel Hamilton for that LOL! Mary, my coworker really likes LKH but says s he does put in some pretty graphiic stuff - she's more fantasy than romance.much more actually but says she could easily leave out all that graphic sex and the story would still be good but not sure how to skim through when you'r listening to it and know where to stop!

but I dont think the earpiece is all that noticeable and I have longish hair when I wear it down and not pulled up on top of my head..hmm..the joys of outsmarting the boss!

geez. wonder if there's any audio of erotica?? might be nice to listen to before 'trying' to sleep! :-)

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 6:47 PM ET
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Susanna -

There is on audible.com! I love Megan Hart's novels, but I am not thrilled with the narrators voice, glad they have the 'sample' button : )

And I do the earpiece thing to DH, whom will talk and talk to me without realizing I am listening to a book instead. Works like a charm!

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 6:58 PM ET
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I love audio books.  I have been listening to them in my car since January 2006. 

My favorites are the Outlander series, Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books, the ABC mysteries by Sue Grafton, the In Death series by J.D. Robb...etc.

I've found that I can listen to books that I just couldn't get into in print.  There was no way I'd be able to sit through Outlander, no matter how many times I tried.  But I could listen to it all day!  :)

I am a member of audible.com and I love downloading from the library.

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Date Posted: 7/12/2008 12:03 PM ET
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I am a Audiobook FANATIC! :)

These are the authors I listen to:

  1. Agatha Christie
  2. MC Beaton
  3. Patricia Cornwell
  4. Rex Stout
  5. Donald Bain
  6. Elizabeth Peters
  7. Laurie R King
  8. Carolyn G Hart
  9. Colin Dexter
  10. Dan Brown
  11. Diane Mott Davidson
  12. Margaret Truman
  13. Dorothy L Sayers
  14. Jeffery Deaver
  15. Lillian Jackson Braun
  16. Nelson DeMille
  17. Ruth Rendell
  18. Tim Lahaye
  19. Jonathan Kellerman
  20. James Patterson
  21. Joanne Fluke
  22. Lawrence Block
  23. Kathy Reichs
  24. Kay Hooper- New Author!

 And I am hoping to add more!

Date Posted: 7/12/2008 12:48 PM ET
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I've been downloading from the library and have listened to several children's books and the 1st 2 JD Robbs books.those are really good! I'm listening to Susannah's Garden by Debbie Macomber now.it's pretty good but the 'guy' voices are irritating!

Date Posted: 7/12/2008 2:15 PM ET
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For those of you near a Half Price Books, they're running coupons for this coming week.  Monday & Tuesday 40% off a single item, Wednesday & Thursday 30% off, Friday & Saturday 20% off and Sunday July 20th 50% off a single item.  The last time I was there, there were tons of audiobooks - some new in the package.  40 or 50% off something already half price of retail makes it pretty affordable.

You can get the coupons by signing up for thier email list, or I can forward them to your email addy if you PM me.

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 11:28 AM ET
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well I 've listened to Jennifer Crusie's 'agnes and the hitman', a couple of JD Robb(naked in death and glory in death), debbie macomber's susannah's garden, back on blossom street, and twenty wishes...all have been great listening! just downloaded 'queen of babble' by meg cabot from the library and not really getting into it..storyline bugging me but I was tired so will probably keep listening unless I just can't take it LOL!

love love love the  yaya's (divine secrets and little altars) on audio..awesome stories! haven't listened to the 3rd one yet (in bloom) guess I'm afraid of being disappointed sinc ethey seem to go in reverse order!