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Subject: Question about condition of audio book on CD.
Date Posted: 12/15/2008 3:33 PM ET
Member Since: 7/24/2005
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I thought I'd ask here rather than in the Questions about PBS thread.

I have an unabridged book (MURDER LIST by Julie Garwood) on 10 CD's.  When I first listened to it on my very inexpensive personal CD player, tracks 49 - 58 (about 10 minutes) on disc 1 would not play; just skipped very badly and then stopped playing.  The part of the disc before and after those tracks played fine.  Also, the remaining 9 discs played perfectly also.

Later, I tried disc 1 in another CD player, my clock radio/CD player, also an inexpensive CD player, and it also wouldn't play tracks 49 - 58.

I bought a CD repair kit and used it on disc 1, but it didn't help.

However.........I later discovered that the entire disc played just fine in my computer and also played perfectly in my car's CD player, but still wouldn't play those particular tracks on my "cheap" CD players.  Obviously, it needs a good quality CD player.

My question is this:  should I post this audio book?  It is on several members' wishlists.  Should I post it and explain that tracks 49-58 of disc 1  won't play except on a good quality CD player? Or should I just offer it for 1 credit instead of the usual 2 credits?

I appreciate any thoughts.


Last Edited on: 12/17/08 1:37 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Subject: Skips
Date Posted: 12/16/2008 7:35 AM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2008
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I think I would post the CD with a tag listing the problem.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 12:31 PM ET
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I think I'd post it and PM the requester.  The tag will attach to all copies of that book in the system.

I have found that  it's not uncommon for a CD to play better on one player than on another.  The boombox I have in my house even skips on new CD's right out ot the package, but there's rarely a problem in the car or on the computer.

Date Posted: 12/21/2008 12:15 PM ET
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Last Edited on: 6/5/11 12:51 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/21/2008 2:03 PM ET
Member Since: 7/24/2005
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Thanks for the input! 

I had just recently started listening to audio books so I had little experience with problems that could be encountered.  This particular one was the first audio CD that I've had that problem with.  However, as time goes on, and I obtain more and more audio CD's, I'm finding a lot of skips occurring when I use my "cheap" boombox or personal CD player.

I believe I will post the audio book (the number one wisher has it on auto-request) and then explain the potential problem to the requestor.  It could be that the requestor will be listening to the audio CD's on an expensive CD player such as I have.  So I'll give him/her the option of refusing; I will then cancel on my end of the transaction if the requestor declines.

This entire unabridged audio book is about eleven hours of listening, but I found only about 10 minutes of it would not play on my inexpensive CD players.

THanks again for the input.