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Subject: How Many CDs?
Date Posted: 2/16/2012 4:23 PM ET
Member Since: 1/7/2010
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I am an audiobook fanatic.  But, I have a combination of menopause brain and ADD which makes it hard for me to pay attention to things for long. 

That said, I usually want abridged books but occasionally, I want something so badly, I order the UNABRIDGED version.  Members are great about sending what I ask for but because of my menopause/ADD, I can't do long books. 

Is there a way to find out how long audio CDs are?  I am talking about how many hours a book lasts.  The other day, I got a book the other day that was 18 CDs.  I know there are many members who love unabridged books but not me. 

Where can I look to learn this info before I order?  It would be nice if PBS had that info listed when a book is posted.  It might save some of the conditional requests we get. 

Thank you for any assistance. 

Date Posted: 2/16/2012 4:51 PM ET
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18 CDs is will be about 20 hours of listening. General rule of thumb is 1 hour plus 10 minutes per CD. 

I do wish they would list how many CDs and how long it runs for on the information. Even amazon does not seem to list it.

It IS something listed on the back of most audiobooks (50 out of the 61 audiobooks I have next to me have it listed)

Last Edited on: 2/16/12 4:56 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/16/2012 11:24 PM ET
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Can you check Audible.com and see what their listing says the length of the book is?

Date Posted: 2/16/2012 11:52 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/17/2012 6:03 AM ET
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AudioLady, I love your bookshelf!  Hope you don't mind a friend request, so I can find you.  Although I am the opposite and prefer the unabridged versions. I usually check the Amazon listings. You have to scroll down to where they list the ISBN and details, not the picture area.

Subject: Thanks for the info
Date Posted: 2/17/2012 8:21 AM ET
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I shall check all the suggested sources.  Thanks for the leads on how to find the info.  Would be nice if it were just pulled in with the description though. I guess I can't have everything I want, huh.

It really is a great forum of nice folk we have here.  I need to learn how to use the club resources to greater benefit.

Lori, please feel free to send the friend request.  I also buy books at Amazon, alibris.com, azulio.com, and barnesandnoble.com.  Sometimes, it seems there are not as many new audiobooks as I would like so I use  other resources. 

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Date Posted: 2/17/2012 5:23 PM ET
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Members of the Data Editing team always try to add the running time into a description if we have the information.  Any member can submit a Data Edit to add the information if they know it and it is missing from a PBS listing.  Simply go to the Book Details page, click on the More Options button to the right of the book cover image, then choose Edit Book Data link to bring up a page where the book data details are shown, and the running time and number of CDs/cassettes (and narrator information as well as any other missing information) can be filled in.  It's ok to add the information into the description area if there isn't a specific field for the information you wish to add.  Then click on Submit Edit box at the bottom and your information will go to the Data Team for approval to be added to the system.

I add audio book information at the end of the description section, after the summary in the following format:

Abridged/Unabridged: XX Compact Discs/Cassette Tapes, Running Time: xx hours, xx minutes, Narrator: xx.

Date Posted: 2/17/2012 5:39 PM ET
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I horned in and sent a friend request too. :-) I am always looking for audio books, which I listen to in the car when I'm driving. I haven't listened to "Real" radio in so long. Seems hard to find lots of audios. I would prefer unabridged, since to me the longer the better, but abridged works too if it's something I like. My friends list is on auto, so anyone can friend me too. I have some audios on my shelf, but friends in general are nice :-)

Subject: Friends
Date Posted: 2/18/2012 4:52 PM ET
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Bring them onyes.  Heather and Lori, I am happy to add you. 

Marc B., WordCat.org has exactly what I want.  I can get the summary of the books, number of CDs, running time, etc.  I shall edit my posts to include that info.  Hopefully, it won't take too long for the moderators to accept the info. 

To those that sent personal notes, you are kind.  I have gotten less afraid to disclose my affliction.  It is amazing what age can do for you.  enlightened


Date Posted: 2/18/2012 6:05 PM ET
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OK I thought it was just me. I drive a school bus and when I am driving between runs or on the way to or from I love to listen to books. "The Help " was so good in audio I did not read the book. In fact it was so good by disk 3 (from the library) I went out and bought it retail. I will find some new friends here today and I promise to go and add the running time , no. of cd's, and narrator info to the review of the book if nothing else.

Date Posted: 2/18/2012 6:15 PM ET
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I listen to audiobooks as well and will start editing the info!

But I get most of mine from the library (I belong to 3 of them and the selection is great) so I don't trade here at all.

Date Posted: 2/19/2012 6:24 AM ET
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When you submit an edit, if the info isn't readily verifiable online, it help the data approver if, in the "reason for edit" box, you include the source of your info.  If you have the book on the table next to you, that's a valid source too!!