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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

Read to me

Asking for a friend -- haven't found a recent post that quite addresses this: Is it possible to download audiobooks (mp3) from a public library using Overdrive onto an iPod touch? Or will the iPod touch only accept audiobooks from iTunes or Audible? [more inside]
posted by vitabellosi on Jan 24, 2012 - 6 answers

My ears and brain are occupied, now, what about the rest of me?

What can I do to keep my hands (or the rest of me) busy while I'm listening to audiobooks? [more inside]
posted by eloeth-starr on Jan 7, 2012 - 32 answers

Better living through audio

I am interested in hearing some historical and educational audiobooks/audiocasts. Anyone have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Nov 23, 2011 - 13 answers

Audio book suggestions, please!

Audiobook suggestions! Looking for action or any other genre that are well-paced (fiction or non) audiobooks for regular 8 hour road trips. [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 on Aug 30, 2011 - 14 answers

Ich würde gerne besser Deutsch sprechen.

Best free/low-cost podcasts and audiobooks for becoming fluent in German? [more inside]
posted by guessthis on Aug 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Looking for resources for extreme commuters

Please recommend any online communities or other resources for long or extreme commuters, and please share your experiences with audiobook websites such as audible.com. [more inside]
posted by tckma on Aug 17, 2011 - 7 answers

Stockholm syndrome

14 hours in a car with my dad. Recommend an audiobook or comedians we might both enjoy. [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on Jul 24, 2011 - 37 answers

Stuff to do with my eyes closed

Stuff to do with my eyes closed [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna on Jun 28, 2011 - 17 answers

I need audiobook recommendations!

I need some new audiobooks! I'm a screen printer and find that listening to an audiobook helps me to focus and get more done during the day and consequently, I get through 3-4 books a week. I'll listen to just about anything (science fiction, biographies, western, you name it), as long as it's engaging but doesn't require too much concentration. I've listed my favorites below. Tell me what you've enjoyed listening to and what I've been missing! [more inside]
posted by emilygraves05 on Jun 11, 2011 - 39 answers

Sway, sway, baby, you're so audio

What can I put on my MP3 player to get me through hours of much-hated housework & chores, particularly now that I'm packing up to move house (not long after I finished unpacking after the last move, dammit, so I haven't much motivation)? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Apr 30, 2011 - 18 answers

Favorite non-fiction audiobooks?

Favorite non-fiction audiobooks? [more inside]
posted by Homo economicus on Apr 27, 2011 - 41 answers

“Those who are clever, who have a Brain, never understand anything.” - Milne

We have this terrific audiobook of Winnie The Pooh (with Stephen Fry as Pooh and Judi Dench & all sorts of wonderfulness) and were wondering if there are any more like it? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Apr 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me find more audiobooks read by more than one person.

I'm trying to find other audiobooks recorded with multiple readers. [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Mar 12, 2011 - 17 answers

Free or cheap fiction audiobooks or podcasts

I'm looking for entertaining, free or inexpensive audiobooks or podcasts that can be easily downloaded from an iPhone.  [more inside]
posted by slidell on Mar 8, 2011 - 18 answers

Looking for Delightful Audiobooks

Recently listened to Stephen Fry's reading of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy while driving and had a car full of happy. What other audiobooks could provide me a similar experience of delight?
posted by JustKeepSwimming on Jan 25, 2011 - 34 answers

AudioMagazine

Is anyone doing audiobooks for magazine and web articles? If not, why not? I wouldn't mind being able to hear a Malcolm Gladwell article read to me while I am on my commute or on a run. Are there any services that offer this? I haven't been able to find any, and I am wondering why. Copyright? No market? If I wanted to start a audiobook company what are my obstacles?
posted by jasondigitized on Jan 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Nonfiction audiobooks with a strong point of view

I want to listen to a good, persuasive argument. I'm looking for nonfiction audio books in which the author makes strong factual arguments for or against a certain point of view. Particulars inside. [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on Dec 4, 2010 - 13 answers

Best audio resources about the Medieval world?

I'm almost finished with the audiobook version of A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century, and I'm not ready for it to be over. I want to learn more about the Middle Ages and Renaissance. What should I listen to next? [more inside]
posted by Knicke on Nov 18, 2010 - 17 answers

Covert earpiece

Where can I get a radio small enough to fit into my ear and be invisible so I can listen to information [more inside]
posted by candasartan on Nov 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Mystery audiobooks and other things to pass the time

My grandmother recently had a shoulder replacement and was never a huge television fan, so I'm looking for audiobooks and podcasts to put on a digital audio player for her. [more inside]
posted by ayerarcturus on Oct 16, 2010 - 5 answers

Is there life after Dickens?

Is there life after Dickens? (What should I try next after listening to all of Dickens via audiobooks?) [more inside]
posted by Creosote on Aug 25, 2010 - 19 answers

Stay Tuned, True Believers!

Is there such a thing as Comic Books On Tape? What are some sources of (free-ish) audio material to occupy my young son on a road trip? [more inside]
posted by Overzealous on Jul 1, 2010 - 15 answers

Help me find that voice actor!

Who is the former NPR staffer that is now working in recording audiobooks? [more inside]
posted by pianohands on Jun 29, 2010 - 4 answers

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