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Rick B. (bup) - ,
Subject: Experiences with Audio Books?
Date Posted: 11/2/2008 9:42 AM ET
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I listen to audio books on my commute, but I've been paranoid about getting an audio book at paperbackswap.com. I have plenty of problems with library copies of books.

What have been peoples' experiences with PBS audio books - both CD and cassette? One scratch on one cd and a cd book is basically useless. With a cassette, what happens if you mark it received and then one tape is totally garbled or blank?

Have people had good success or problems with audio books here?

Date Posted: 11/2/2008 10:50 AM ET
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I've had decent success with it.  The player in my car isn't as sensitive to scratches as the one at home, and so far I've only gotten one disc that had a single track (10 minutes) that wouldn't play on the car player.  I used one of those CD resurfacers on it, and it played great - home and car.   That's out of maybe 30 audiobooks I've ordered from here.

Date Posted: 11/2/2008 11:03 AM ET
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Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 11/2/2008 11:04 AM ET
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How do you tell for sure if an audio book is abridged or not?

Date Posted: 11/2/2008 2:07 PM ET
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I either look at the close up picture on the book info page, or look on Amazon for that ISBN and see what they say.

Date Posted: 11/2/2008 5:25 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/2/2008 6:39 PM ET
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I've never  had a problem with the CD audiobooks I have recieved on pbs.  And I have recieved several.   My old car had a cassette player and out of maybe 15 books on tape recieved, I only had a problem with 2. 

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Date Posted: 11/2/2008 9:25 PM ET
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my mom reads tons of audios from here

all have been in very good shape

wish i could say the same about those from the library....

Date Posted: 11/5/2008 2:14 AM ET
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I ordered one audio book that had 8 cd's and they were all great!

Date Posted: 11/5/2008 8:41 AM ET
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I help my dad with his PBS account and he ONLY orders audiobooks... he has never had a problem with the books he has ordered.  So far he has gotten 3 audiobooks (the ones he wants are usually WL'd).

As far as the abridged or unabridged books....he also has a preference for unabridged books so I basically wrote it into the RCs for him.  Seems to work.

Date Posted: 11/5/2008 10:00 AM ET
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I have gotten several CD audio books from PBS  and have not had any problems so far.  I love to listen to these when I am doing a lot of driving by myself. It makes the time pass much faster.   I have gotten both unabridged and abridged


Date Posted: 11/5/2008 1:23 PM ET
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I ordered my first audio book from PBS last week. I just got it in the mail a couple days ago. The CD's look brand new! I was very impressed and I told her so. She replied that she never has good luck with CD audio books here. So I might just stick with the library and not use my credits here.

I guess you never know.

Date Posted: 11/5/2008 3:16 PM ET
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The few books on tape that I've ordered have been fine.

Date Posted: 11/5/2008 6:44 PM ET
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The number of people having issues with books is something we always see on the question forum. I have yet to see anyone complain about CDs not working or cassettes being mangled.

The CDs here get less use then at a library where they can be checked out at least 20-40 times before being unplayable. So the odds that CD here will be scratched is alot less then a library's copy.

I would give it a try and see what you get, if it doesnt work then you RWP and get your credit back.

Date Posted: 11/5/2008 8:08 PM ET
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I work in a public library and my feeling is that many people don't take the same care of CDs and tapes that don't belong to them personally. You would not believe the stuff we have to clean off. I've seen some CDs that look like there is PB&J on them.


Date Posted: 11/6/2008 9:43 AM ET
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I have ordered several audiobooks, and the ones I have listened to so far have been just fine. 

I like amazon for figuring out which book is unabridged vs. abridged.  The two different versions generally have different ISBNs, so if you search by the ISBN, or put that on your wishlist, you should get the want you want.

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 9:47 AM ET
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I have ordered quite a few audio cds & cassettes. I have not had any problems with the tapes or cds but sometimes the box they come in are destroyed. One was so bad the po had to repackage (in a plastic bag thingy)  the whole thing. However I dont mind that at all as long as I can listen to the book. My problem comes in re-listing these audio books. I dont like to relist unless they are somewhat in good condition.  Does anyone else have this problem and what are you thoughts?



niffir - ,
Date Posted: 11/7/2008 10:50 AM ET
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I believe that the PBS guidelines say that the audio books don't even have to have their packaging at all, let alone that it be in good condition.  I wouldn't worry about the condition of the containers too much.