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Michael in ABQ

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Audible Book Recommendations
« on: February 11, 2018, 04:11:33 PM »
I've got one credit on Audible that I need to use in the next day or two before I cancel my free trial.

However, most of the books I find are also available through my library with some of the newest ones likely to take a few months because there are so many holds.

So, any recommendations for a good book that is only available on Audible? I mostly read science fiction and military fiction. I listen to a lot of non-fiction books from the library, mostly about history or military history, sometimes on business. I find that it's hard for me to just read a non-fiction book but I am in the car a fair amount so I enjoy listening to them. Fiction on the other hand I can read in a matter of days so I usually prefer an ebook of that.


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Re: Audible Book Recommendations
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2018, 02:06:43 PM »
I listened to Gone Girl on Audible and it was great!
The Haidmaid's Tale read by Clare Danes was good.
For non-fiction, I enjoyed The Book of Joy, a series of conversations between the Dali Lam and Desmond Tutu.

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Re: Audible Book Recommendations
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2018, 04:37:52 PM »
Is there a particular genre you enjoy? Are you only looking for newer books?

If you are interested in an older choice, one of our family favorites is "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson, specifically the version that is narrated by Bill Bryson himself. Actually most of Bill Bryson's Audiobooks are amazing, but that is definitely the one I'd start with!

I have also enjoyed listening to books by Carl Hiaasen, who came out with a new one fairly recently called "Razor Girl".

If you have a particular genre, or other examples of Audiobooks you've enjoyed, I might have some additional suggestions you might like.

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Re: Audible Book Recommendations
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2018, 09:01:57 PM »
I second the A Walk in the Woods audiobook. It's one of my favorites. But... it's probably available through your library (I borrowed it from mine).

From Audible, I exclusively buy books that aren't in English. If you're bilingual or picking up another language, that's an option many libraries don't have a wide selection of.


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Re: Audible Book Recommendations
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2018, 07:27:47 AM »
Im a fantasy nerd as my username references. So all of my suggestions are for that genre :P.  You can't rly go wrong with these.

The Name of the Wind

The Way of Kings

Mistborn

Wheel of Time (disclaimer: the entire series is 12-15k pages)

The Fifth Season

Blood Song


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Re: Audible Book Recommendations
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2018, 07:54:01 AM »
I'm listening to "The 5 Things We Cannot Change", right now.


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Re: Audible Book Recommendations
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2018, 10:36:31 AM »
Im a fantasy nerd as my username references. So all of my suggestions are for that genre :P.  You can't rly go wrong with these.

The Name of the Wind

The Way of Kings

Mistborn

Wheel of Time (disclaimer: the entire series is 12-15k pages)

The Fifth Season

Blood Song

Love these! Brandon Sanderson is fantastic, and The Name of the Wind has been really engaging. I'd also recommend the Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks, along a similar vein.

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Re: Audible Book Recommendations
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2018, 08:47:43 AM »
Yeah I've read a few of the lightbringer series. It didn't quite make my personal recommended cut but it is really good for sure!  I listened to it in the Autumn during a beautiful fall and would take long lunches and walk around listening to it, pretty awesome break from a craptastic job lol :).

And BSanderson is amazing. Just writes top notch fantasy more quickly and consistently than I would have believed possible.  He probably has like 10 of my favorite 30 books (including the last 3 Wheel of Time books which he took over when Robert Jordan died). 

Mistborn series is fantastic (Final Empire is one of my favorite books and I should have listed it before).  The Wax and Wayne part in particular is a bit lighter hearted and wonderful (Alloy of Law etc).

His short stories are fantastic as well (Arcanum unbound).

Sorry... I get carried away with Epic Fantasy stuff :P.
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Re: Audible Book Recommendations
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2018, 10:09:23 AM »
Probably a little late, but I started listening to Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari.  Although it doesn't fit your genre, you started off by asking about books exclusive to Audible, and this one fits the bill.  The opening is about 5 minutes of getting told how lazy you are to have Aziz reading the book to you.  He also talks about how you are missing the charts and images and how funny they are.  It's a really fun listen and of interest to me because I have two Tweens that are part of this modern online social scene.  Even without kids, it is thought provoking about where we are going as a species when we can be so easily manipulated by our devices and good lessons / blind spots to be aware of.  But mostly just fun when Aziz is reading along, then realizes that the Audiobook is missing something or he's quoting someone and gives them a funny accent, etc.

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Re: Audible Book Recommendations
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2018, 10:50:16 AM »
I ended up getting Ready Player One. I hadn't heard of it before I saw the movie trailer and it sounded interesting. Plus, it was going to be a multi-month wait for an available copy at the library as so many holds had been placed on the available copies.

I've been listening to a lot of podcasts lately while commuting instead of audiobooks. I had been making some 6-10 hour drives for work at least once a month until recently so that gave me a lot of time to listen to audiobooks. I should be starting a new job soon without that occasional travel, though I still have a 3.5-hour drive each way once a month when I go to drill for the National Guard, so that will still give me long uninterrupted periods to listen to audiobooks.