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Award-worthy fiction in audio?

I have occasionally enjoyed audiobooks, but it's been hit and miss. My attention isn't 100% with audio, so books that are relatively simple to follow seem best, right? And of course a great reader is crucial. I usually read recent books classified as "literary fiction," and I have a huge to-read list. Which ones should I pick for audio and which should I save for paper? [more inside]
posted by Frenchy67 on Dec 26, 2016 - 12 answers

Podcasts: Speech Pathology/English/Psychology/Criminology

Hi. I'm a 27 y/o woman and I'm looking for something interesting to listen to on my way to work, so maybe something that's about an hour long. My interests are speech pathology, english, psychology, mysteries, criminology, history (american, history of language). Audiobooks are great too (mystery, historical fiction, etc) [more inside]
posted by crystal_stair on Nov 28, 2016 - 16 answers

How to run with audiobooks while keeping pace?

I am trying hard to become a runner, and I like to listen to audiobooks while I run so I don't get bored. But I find that I often slow down unconsciously because I'm not listening to "upbeat music" to keep me moving along at a quick pace. I have a potential solution ... somebody tell me if this is possible and/or stupid ... [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii on Nov 25, 2016 - 4 answers

Pimp my post-election audiobook reading list.

I have a bunch of holdover credits from Audible (6 and soon to be 7) that I need to use at some point. I want to feel like I'm reading some things, both fiction and nonfiction, that are either productive or motivating or in some way relevant to making the world better than what it is right now. I also just moved and I've got a much longer commute now, so it seems like a good time for this. What should I be listening to?
posted by Sequence on Nov 15, 2016 - 13 answers

Windows Phone: Transfer audiobook from phone drive to Audiobooked app?

I have an audiobook file I saved to the drive of my Nokia Lumia 521 Windows 8.1 phone. I have the app Audiobooked. It will only find audiobook files from an SD card (which I don't have and don't want), or OneDrive, or Dropbox. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Sep 11, 2016 - 2 answers

Pokemon Go Potboilers

Help me find audiobooks I can listen to while playing pokemon. The best "page turners" that aren't too difficult to follow along with while also paying attention to the game. Female protagonists (hopefully). "The Girl on the Train" and "Gone Girl" are serviceable examples of what I am looking for. Not interested so much in stuff related to the military. The main criteria is that it is a page turner. And available as an audiobook. Thanks!
posted by skjønn on Aug 24, 2016 - 8 answers

This is a long road with nothing to listen to

Asking for a friend, who's doing the Portland<>LA trip next month. She's looking for some plot driven audiobooks (i.e. without much purpleness). In particular, she's looking for CDs so she can keep her phone away and is trending towards some noir-ish, detective-y books. She's read Sherlock and I was considering recommending The Monster of Florence as you all seem to like that a bit. [more inside]
posted by DeepSeaHaggis on Jul 22, 2016 - 16 answers

Audiobooks 2016

I am thinking of getting my mum an mp3 player for Christmas so that she can listen to audiobooks - she likes books on tape, but the library doesn't stock many of them now, and she finds CDs hard to use. I've not bought one for years - any advice? Some more details inside! [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jul 13, 2016 - 15 answers

What is the best mp3 player for audiobooks?

Basically I want a MP3 player that is of good quality and will last a few years. I love the functionality of my old Sansa Clips and would love something similar but better quality. I am willing to spend up to $300. I want multi-book bookmarking, podcast bookmarking, and minimum 10GB of memory, prefer a smallish size (but it's not a dealbreaker), also want a sleep function, I will also be using for music. Thank you all! [more inside]
posted by risaroni on Jun 27, 2016 - 7 answers

Audible trial bang for my buck

Just got a 90 day Audible trial and as best I can tell that lets me choose three books. I would like good looooong books, well read, quite possibly scifi or urban fantasy, recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Jun 12, 2016 - 21 answers

Kick it into Overdrive!

It looks like Overdrive will be my source of audiobooks to keep me sane at work. What tips, tricks, and guidelines do I need to maximize my Overdrive usage, and keep the audio flowing? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Oct 29, 2015 - 12 answers

Best fantasy books on Audible.com

Looking for beautifully written, beautifully performed fantasy audiobooks available on Audible.com. A skilled reader is key. If possible, I love when the book is less a reading and more a performance, like the exquisite Listening Library performance of The Golden Compass. But I will settle for a great narrator. The delightful British narrator of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, skilled in multiple accents, is my favorite so far. [more inside]
posted by lieber hair on Sep 25, 2015 - 16 answers

Seeking heartwarming, non-upsetting books

I'm pregnant, and with the hormones, I am in the mood for warm-and-fuzzy books. I can't handle my normal murder mysteries. I'm especially drawn to books about families, people settling in to new communities and coming to feel at home, people creating a home for others, and that sort of thing. Books and audiobooks would be great. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Aug 22, 2015 - 58 answers

Escapist audio books

I get all my best audio book recommendations from Ask Metafilter! I'm looking for books like Ready Player One, the Golden Compass (I read this one on paper), or on a slightly different note, The Likeness (Tana French). Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jun 17, 2015 - 25 answers

European History for the ignorant

I was staring at the map of Europe yesterday, and I realized that I know very little history. To start I would like to learn about the Colonial Period and the major power players there in. I seem to be ingesting a lot of podcasts and audiobooks lately so that would be perfect. To be clear, I'm looking for an introductory level work to get me started. [more inside]
posted by aeighty on May 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Spoken Word for the Great Outdoors

I recently bought a pair of Aftershokz bone conduction headphones, with the express purpose of using these to listen to podcasts, audiobooks etc. without shutting out the sounds of the world around me when hiking. As hoped, they work brilliantly, so I'm now looking for new ideas of what to listen to when spending quality alone time surrounded by nature. [more inside]
posted by protorp on May 3, 2015 - 9 answers

What are some audio resources on gentrification and new urbanism?

I'm interesting in better understanding the roots of gentrification (on both a historical level and a systemic level) and what some of the ways that new urbanists, activists, community groups and city planners are working to make cities and small towns more equitable. I know its much more complex than "rich people move in and push the poor out." [more inside]
posted by minicloud on Apr 2, 2015 - 9 answers

Audio fiction about being in over one's head and finding one's way

I'm seeking audiobooks where the characters are thrust into new and overwhelming circumstances, work hard, wonder if they're on the right track, stay disciplined, experience setbacks, gradually become more competent, overcome challenges, and eventually succeed. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Mar 10, 2015 - 8 answers

I would rather listen than read

I've discovered I prefer listening to audiobooks to reading paper books. I have an Audible.com subscription, but some books I want to listen to are not available on Audible. Are there other sites where I might find audiobooks Audible doesn't have? It seems that some books are simply never recorded - why is that? Is there anything I can do to encourage the publisher to produce an audiobook of a particular title?
posted by southern_sky on Jan 19, 2015 - 7 answers

I'm a great listener. Sound me up.

I commute 2 hours round trip, 4 days a week. Sometimes I listen to music, but mostly I like to listen to audiobooks. I'm just about out of ideas. What are some great, really long audiobooks or podcasts I might like? I'm into horror that makes me think, character-driven sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal thrillers (NOT of the vampire romance genre), paleo-lifestyle, and cool/funny non-fiction. [more inside]
posted by kythuen on Nov 15, 2014 - 49 answers

Best Device for Listening to Audiobooks

Challenges: Needs to be VERY easy to use. This is for a 99-year old who is forgetful, and has both hand mobility and vision issues. It needs to be something that is just very, very basic. She is hard-of-hearing, and also needs a good headset with clear audio at higher levels. I will be loading up audiobooks, probably from my local library, so she doesn't need to learn to do that, just the playing of the book.
posted by nanook on Nov 7, 2014 - 15 answers

Great Librivox books?

What are some great librivox audiobooks? &amp who are some great Librivox readers? (This exact question has been asked twice before, but since the last time was in 2011 I think it's not too gauche to ask for an update.) Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine on Oct 23, 2014 - 7 answers

Earbook Recommendations!

I’m looking for some in the background audiobook recommendations, special details inside. [more inside]
posted by edbles on Oct 3, 2014 - 8 answers

How do I audiobooks?

I want to start listening to audiobooks on long hikes and drives. Specifically I'd like to start with an unabridged "Lord of the Rings," but eventually others. How do I obtain them as plain mp3s? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Aug 8, 2014 - 17 answers

Audiobooks for Long Runs

I'm looking for long, upbeat, engaging audiobooks to listen to while on long runs. Bring on your recommendations! [more inside]
posted by whodatninja on Aug 4, 2014 - 12 answers

Could you recommend some audiobooks?

I'm seeking audiobook recommendations for books that are escapist, engrossing, generally feel-good, and fast-paced (without being frightening). [more inside]
posted by slidell on May 29, 2014 - 16 answers

Mom-safe audiobooks for a car trip?

Tomorrow, I will be driving my mother on a ten-hour road trip. I desperately need some entertainment for the drive, but most of the stuff I already possess for my own entertainment would annoy, offend, or disturb my mom. My mom is very religiously and politically conservative. I am looking for audiobooks, podcasts, etc. that we could listen to in the car and that we could both enjoy. It doesn't have to be 100% squeaky clean but nothing worse than a PG movie or network television show like NCIS. Bonus if it is (a) long (b) available for free as a podcast or I can use an Audible credit to get it (c) entertaining enough to keep me alert as I drive. I'm thinking maybe clean humor, English-style "cozy" mysteries, heartwarming but not cloying books like All Creatures Great and Small, something along those lines.
posted by oblique red on May 15, 2014 - 31 answers

What's the quickest/easiest way to get audiobooks from a CD to iphone 4?

I can rip the audiobooks from the compact disc to itunes quite easily, but the problem is if they are just added to my phone under the music icon, it won't save my place in the book. What is the easiest and fastest way to make this happen. I am willing to download apps that cost $ if necessary.
posted by skjønn on Mar 24, 2014 - 5 answers

Audiobook Q & A, subject matter irrelevant

I like to listen to audiobooks before I fall asleep. I would like to find audiobooks with a question and answer format. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Mar 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Post Apocalypse Fic in a Car

My husband needs audiobooks for a boring night shift that work on his (android) phone. He really likes apocalypse and dystopian fiction, as well as classic sci-fi. More inside. [more inside]
posted by blue_and_bronze on Nov 22, 2013 - 17 answers

Audio for Sale -- lots of it

How might I distribute approximately 750MB of DRM free audio to paying customers? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Nov 4, 2013 - 4 answers

MP3 Players for the nearly blind (with a budget!)

I have a large collection of audio books that I would like to send to a relative in a format that is easy for her to listen to while in recovery. [more inside]
posted by studioaudience on Oct 6, 2013 - 7 answers

What's the audio version of Dateline?

I'm not-so-shamelessly enamored with true-crime specials like Dateline and 20/20. What can I listen to that has the same flavor? [more inside]
posted by frizzle on Sep 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Audiobooks For A Person With Snowflakey Preferences

This past year, I started listening to audiobooks while driving. I'm particularly drawn to how well a great audiobook reader can draw out the subtleties of the text. The reader who performed Gatsby was particularly amazing. Can folks recommend some particularly well performed audiobooks I may like? They must meet my criteria: [more inside]
posted by Hennimore on Jun 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Audiobooks for the technologically illiterate

I want to provide a way for a relative to listen to audiobooks while working out. He is almost completely technologically illiterate, and his wife will have to put the books on the device for him. His wife is ok technologically, but has to have new things spelled out very clearly. I'm thinking iPod Shuffle + Audible. Am I'm missing a simpler solution? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on May 6, 2013 - 10 answers

What are your favorite audiobooks?

I am going to be doing a lot of driving this summer, and I would like to find some great audiobooks to listen to in the car. What do you recommend? I am especially keen to hear entertaining audiobooks that are not just someone reading aloud in a monotone voice. What I want are books that realize the full potential of the audiobook format. For example, books with music or sound effects, or books with multiple readers performing the dialogue, would be wonderful. I look forward to your suggestions
posted by mortaddams on May 5, 2013 - 33 answers

How can I break into audio book narration?

I've been listening to audiobooks for many years and would like to become an audio book narrator. I am not a professional actor and have never done any work like this. However my current job is creating elearning and whenever I record the narration, I get compliments from my customers for my reading voice. Any suggestions about how I might pursue this career?
posted by SallyHitMeOntheHead on May 3, 2013 - 14 answers

audio ebook for car ride

What audio ebook should I download for this long car ride with my bookish 10 year old, me, and my literate adult friend? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Mar 25, 2013 - 28 answers

you can stop reading to me now, itunes

I love listening to audiobooks as I fall asleep. I hate skipping around trying to find my place the next day. Is there a way to tell itunes to stop playing after X minutes (probably 20 or 30), so that it doesn't keep on keeping on long after I've conked out? The books are all on my computer in audiobook form (not as music, which I know itunes sometimes does), so I can't separate tracks into sleep-friendly playlists.
posted by tan_coul on Mar 9, 2013 - 11 answers

best dramatized audiobooks?

I've been recovering from a brain injury and find reading very hard, so I've really enjoyed listening to audiobooks. But not books just read out loud: dramatized adaptations of them, with a varied voice cast, background music and sound effects -- the lot. I've listened to the BBC dramatization of the Hitchhiker's Guide and a wonderful version of the Foundation Trilogy. What other fantastic dramatized audiobooks can I feed my temporarily defective brain with? Happy to consider both free and paid suggestions. Thanks in advance!
posted by idlethink on Feb 24, 2013 - 19 answers

New Audible book recomendations please!

DU's comment got me wanting to expand my Audible library. I have a few credits to burn so help me fill up my library! I love biographies and science fiction but would like broaden my listening habits. Bonus points if you can recommend any narrators that you have found enjoyable as well. [more inside]
posted by zerobyproxy on Jan 23, 2013 - 15 answers

Audio Books for Young Children

Asking for a friend who needs to commute to day care with a 3- and 5-year old and is really sick of kid's music. Can you recommend audio books for this age range which might keep the kids entertained for the ~30-minute trip?
posted by GenjiandProust on Dec 1, 2012 - 19 answers

Fast-paced and smart audiobooks

Can you help me find some audiobooks that are relatively fast-paced and simple, but also have good dialogue, characters, and themes? Even if you don't listen to audiobooks, maybe you know page-turners or beach reads that are deeper than the normal fluff? Or maybe you know good literary fiction that is simple and fast-paced? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Sep 19, 2012 - 29 answers

Best way to signal a section change in an audio book?

In audio books, what's best-practice for signaling a section change within a chapter? [more inside]
posted by silusGROK on Sep 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Please recommend light audiobooks for a long car ride

Please help two different people agree on audiobooks for our upcoming (tomorrow!) road trip [more inside]
posted by lizjohn on Aug 6, 2012 - 17 answers

Listening is not the same as reading.

Should I strongly encourage my 12-year-old daughter to read a book that she needs to have completed before the start of the next school year, or since she'll be on a lot of buses travelling with a lot of time on her hands this summer, let her listen to the audiobook? Some other details inside... [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Jun 21, 2012 - 47 answers

Podcast or audiobook app for iphone

Is there a good iPhone app for listening to my own downloaded podcasts/audiobooks that I have as mp3's? I would love an app that I can upload the mp3's to over wifi, and that has tempo control so that I can speed it up a bit. The app should remember the position I am in on each file I listen to, not just the last file.
posted by davar on May 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Is there anything similar to Paul Oakenfold's Urban Soundtracks?

Is there anything similar to Paul Oakenfold's Urban Soundtracks? [more inside]
posted by poxandplague on Apr 4, 2012 - 5 answers

oh hai existential terror

Can you recommend audiobooks (downloadable only) or podcasts for handling anxiety? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Mar 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Great CD Audiobooks of the Western World

My question is very simple. I want to "read" the Brittinanica Great Books of the Western World on CD audio while I'm doing housework. [more inside]
posted by KMH on Jan 30, 2012 - 5 answers

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