Rate the last audiobook you listened to

  • sirtacos 15 Oct 2019 09:45:04 8,192 posts
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    Have to drive 3h each day for a new job, so I've recently rediscovered the joy of being read to.

    Currently listening to vol. 1 of His Dark Materials, which is (excellently) voiced by a cast of professional actors.

    Rate some audiobooks pls, I need recommendations.
  • mumtoucher 15 Oct 2019 15:51:50 631 posts
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    I have been listening for these while driving for years, it really does transform driving! I spend a lot of my working life on the road, around the south east, alot of it on the dreaded M25 and i find myself not wanting to get out of the car some days!

    I recommend the following, (I've listened to them all, some of them I've been through twice)

    The most recent series I've listened too are Malazan Book of The Fallen, these are by far my favourite fantasy books ever, but quite challenging to listen to as there's a lot going on, if you havent read them first.

    All of the Iain M Banks Culture books are brilliant in audio form - Epic scifi / that can be really funny also. 8 - 10 books

    The Wheel of Time - great fantasy 14 book series - serious time imvestment!

    The Dark Tower, such a great series, features my all time favourite narrator - Frank Mueller, Who narrates the first 5 books before he died, 7 books in total - well worth your time

    Most of Steven Kings other books are also great listens

    Brandon Sandersons books are also worth a listen - they are narrated by the same guys who read the Wheel of Time, I'd start with the Stormlight Chronicles.

    Audible is worth subscribing to if you don't already!

    Edited by mumtoucher at 15:54:43 15-10-2019

    Edited by mumtoucher at 19:11:25 15-10-2019
  • mumtoucher 15 Oct 2019 15:53:17 631 posts
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    I've also listened to loads of Tom Clancy, they are all on Audible too!
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 15 Oct 2019 16:06:06 21,502 posts
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    I have listened to 2 audiobooks in my life, I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan and Alan Partridge: Nomad. They are both magnificent.
  • DUFFMAN5 15 Oct 2019 17:50:57 25,081 posts
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    @Decks
    You win, what more does one need :)
  • nickthegun 15 Oct 2019 17:59:32 79,230 posts
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    Kate 'Janeway' Mulgrew narrates a lot (most?) Of Joe Hill's books and is absolutely fantastic at it.

    NOS4A2 and The Fireman already great books, read brilliantly.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 15 Oct 2019 18:02:21 17,917 posts
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    I thought the Fireman was terrible (non audiobook).
  • nickthegun 15 Oct 2019 18:09:24 79,230 posts
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    I really liked it but it did kind of King out at the end, I'll give you that.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 15 Oct 2019 18:09:43 21,502 posts
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    Edmund Kemper has narrated quite a few apparently.
  • Your-Mother 15 Oct 2019 18:32:25 3,225 posts
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    The Fireman is Baby Kingís worst book, though much like his dad even the bad stuff is at least readable.

    Or I guess listenable in this case.
  • HairyArse 15 Oct 2019 18:50:25 1,335 posts
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    Iíve only ever listened to two audio books and I thoroughly enjoyed them both.

    Limmyís autobiography and Whitehouse and Mortimer Go Fishing which was surprisingly excellent even though I give zero fucks about fishing.
  • wuntyphyve 15 Oct 2019 18:52:34 13,145 posts
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    Decks wrote:
    I have listened to 2 audiobooks in my life, I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan and Alan Partridge: Nomad. They are both magnificent.
    I can heartily recommend Toast on Toast, read by Matt Berry in character. I loved both partridges but honestly laughed more at Toast. It's just ridiculous.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 15 Oct 2019 19:05:38 17,917 posts
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    I struggle with audiobooks. I like the idea but I canít quite find the right context. If I listen when Iím travelling or walking I lose concentration and miss stuff. And if I listen when Iím doing nothing I fall asleep.

    They are absolutely superb at putting me to sleep which is itself brilliant, but not their intent.
  • nickthegun 15 Oct 2019 19:11:57 79,230 posts
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    I drive nearly two hours a day, so they are perfect for that. I listen to podcasts at night for much the same reason as you. Spoken word sends me to sleep at night but you don't really have to follow the plot of someone getting abducted by aliens.
  • andy10 15 Oct 2019 19:12:00 323 posts
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    Ayoade On Top is an enjoyable breakdown of the Gwyneth Paltrow film View From The Top, which I've never even seen. He reflects at length on how it fits into his life, including an excursion into the history of Happy Eater restaurants. Recommend.
  • Your-Mother 15 Oct 2019 19:12:36 3,225 posts
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    You-can-call-me-kal wrote:
    I struggle with audiobooks. I like the idea but I canít quite find the right context. If I listen when Iím travelling or walking I lose concentration and miss stuff. And if I listen when Iím doing nothing I fall asleep.

    They are absolutely superb at putting me to sleep which is itself brilliant, but not their intent.
    Same. I think I have it ingrained somewhere in the workings of my brain that my eyes are the primary input for my concentration. I legit find it difficult to just stare off into space at nothing, it always feels like they need to be locked on and concentrating on something. I can just about get away with listening if I'm on a treadmill though.

    I did try the whole "read and listen simultaneously" thing you get with the Kindle app + Audible, but my reading speed is insanely fast and I either ended up impatiently jumping ahead anyway or feeling like I'm stuck in slow traffic.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 15 Oct 2019 19:13:13 21,502 posts
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    Yeah I've tried a few and my brain just doesn't engage with them for some reason.

    The Alan Partridge ones really are something special though, I'll definitely give the Toast one a go.
  • nickthegun 15 Oct 2019 19:15:45 79,230 posts
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    I can't listen to them at work. If I'm doing something I need to even vaguely concentrate on, they just become white noise.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 15 Oct 2019 19:19:25 21,502 posts
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    I'll be honest I struggle to even read books now. I just fucking fall asleep. My think bag only likes it when I pump the flashy lights straight into my eyeholes.
  • Dougs 15 Oct 2019 20:16:44 91,055 posts
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    Like others, I can never find the right circumstance. I don't drive much and I need to concentrate for work etc, I switch off from what I'm listening to. Walking to and from my commute 2-3 days a week is about it but that's my podcast time.
  • Not-a-reviewer 15 Oct 2019 21:30:11 5,869 posts
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    I canít listen to them and do work but theyíre good for longer drives, especially when I have to go for 4 hours each way.

    Generally I prefer non fiction. Fiction is a struggle and anything half decent I usually wish Iíd just got the book instead.
  • askew 15 Oct 2019 22:13:43 20,237 posts
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    Ooh: https://www.audible.co.uk/ep/title?asin=B07QY1FVDT&source_code=WLS30DFT1Bk1380208199183
  • Trafford 16 Oct 2019 05:27:52 8,394 posts
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    Anthony Beevor's The Second World War.
    If you like military history it's great and about 60 hours long.
    I'd never get through a book that size

    Edited by Trafford at 05:28:34 16-10-2019
  • Mola_Ram 16 Oct 2019 06:06:18 21,765 posts
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    I listen to podcasts and various short essays/articles when I'm walking. Generally I can maintain the focus on them for an hour or so, but I think audio books might be more difficult in that regard.
  • Mola_Ram 16 Oct 2019 06:10:18 21,765 posts
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    Oh yeah, and obligatory professional plug...

    If you're not sure about paying for one, your local library most likely has loads and loads of audiobooks (they call them "talking books") that you can loan out for free. Either physical copies on mp3 discs, or ones downloadable through an app like Overdrive (recently rebranded as Libby) or Borrowbox.

    Edited by Mola_Ram at 06:14:38 16-10-2019
  • bone-on 16 Oct 2019 06:20:16 432 posts
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    Alien 3

    Voiced by Michael Biehn and Lance Henrikson returning as Hicks and Bishop.

    This is the Alien 3 film/script that never got made, itís very short but itís a great way to pass 2 hrs.
  • RawShark 18 Oct 2019 14:39:56 953 posts
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    I've started to listen to the audio book of A Song of Ice and Fire. It's long.

    It should make any difference, but it's weird hearing Tyrion Lannister's lines read in a squeaky Welsh accent. And the narrator can't seem to make his mind up about whether Joffrey is called Joffrey or Jeffrey.
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