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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

Adventurous books for a sensitive 7-year-old.

I need books with adventure but not a lot of suspense or overt conflict, for boys age 5-8. [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Jan 16, 2010 - 49 answers

Boring Books

I'm trying to find incredibly boring books. The kind of books that you'll try to read, and can't help but space out. Bonus points if its in the public domain. [more inside]
posted by daboo on Sep 25, 2008 - 80 answers

Other Like Hiro to Help Me Lose Weight

Recommendations for Sci-Fi while on the Treadmill? [more inside]
posted by Smarson on Jun 3, 2008 - 25 answers

Family-friendly books and audiobooks?

Family-friendly audiobooks and/or book content reviews? (Have you read The Kite Runner? Never Let Me Go? Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell?) [more inside]
posted by rafter on Jun 16, 2006 - 30 answers

Audiobook suggestions

Audiobooks: My Audible wish list is empty -- help me fill it with compelling, commute-friendly nonfiction and literary fiction. [more inside]
posted by kmel on Mar 16, 2006 - 24 answers

Is China Mieville Anti-Audio?

Knowing his politics, is there some obscure economic/philosophical reason why China Mieville's books don't have audio versions? Or do I just not know where to look?
posted by halespawn on Mar 9, 2006 - 8 answers

Libraries + Free Audiobook Downloads? Tell me where.

Libraries + Free Audiobook Downloads? Tell me where. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Feb 16, 2006 - 19 answers

Is "A Winter's Tale" (by Mark Helprin) available on Audio Book?

I have physical handicaps which prevent me from actual eye-to-book reading. I desperately want to read A Winter's Tale, but I can't find it anywhere on Audiobook. My question is: Is it available anywhere, and if so, where?
posted by jitterbug perfume on Feb 11, 2006 - 9 answers

Your favorite books on tape?

Your favorite audio books? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Nov 16, 2005 - 32 answers

Are traditional books inherently better than audio books?

Books v Audio Books: What is the unique value of the work of reading? [more inside]
posted by peacay on May 25, 2005 - 23 answers

Where are audio books sold?

Sources for audio books.. What are the major audio book sites to search to see if a book is available in an audio version?
posted by stbalbach on Sep 10, 2004 - 5 answers

Can anyone recommend some good Shakespeare recordings (Audiobooks)?

I have an abiding passion for audiobooks (concomitant with my hour or so of daily commuting), and it occurs to me that this would be an ideal way to get over my general Shakespearean illiteracy. Can anyone recommend some good Shakespeare recordings? The more compelling the recommendation, the better.
posted by blueshammer on Aug 4, 2004 - 10 answers

What fictional public domain book would be good for a voice-actress to do?

I'm thinking of producing an unabridged audio book (more for the experience than for money). I have a wonderful voice-actress who is up for it. Now I need to choose a book. I'd like it to be fiction and something in public domain (i.e. a classic). What would you like to hear that hasn't been recorded already (or that's been done badly)?
posted by grumblebee on Feb 4, 2004 - 13 answers

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