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PostPosted: 13:00 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Audiobooks Reply with quote

Talk to me.

I listen to a lot of audiobooks, with having to spend a lot of time on the motorway. I've gone through the entire works of Harry Harrison, J.K Rowling, Jim Butcher, Patrick Rothfuss and Terry Pratchett.

I've just finished the latest work of Pratchett, Raising Steam, this morning and now I'm stuck for ideas.

Can anybody recommend me series worth getting into?
I mainly like fantasy or sci-fi novels, but I'm open to suggestions.
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PostPosted: 13:15 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you tried podcasts?

I got into them last March, with the Joe Rogan Experience being the primary source. Each is around 3hrs long and he has a wide variety of people on (Neil DeGrase Tyson, Shane Smith (from Vice Magazine), Jason Silva, Kevin Smith to name but a few).

From there I've clocked on to lots of other podcasts, you might like "The Nerdist" if you are into Fantasy/Sci-Fi as they have a lot of authors, comic book artists, actors and video game developers from that genre on - I listened to a G.R.R Martin one last week.

Speaking of G.R.R - hows about the Game of Thrones audiobooks?

Podcasts work for me as its conversation so I don't have to invest my imagination into it, but I could never get on with audiobooks, as I can read 20x faster than the guy whos talking, and when I read I draw a mental imagery of whats going on and think about the interaction of characters and so on.....this is great laying in bed or on the sofa, not so much doing 50 down the dual carriageway on two wheels. So my travel audio is 90% podcast, 10% music these days.

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PostPosted: 13:19 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Wheel Of Time - Robert Jordan.

Should keep you occupied for a few weeks. Very Happy

Also look at Brandon Sanderson's stuff, the Mistborn series is good.
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PostPosted: 14:00 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wikipedia wrote:
The Wheel of Time now spans fourteen volumes, in addition to a prequel novel and a companion book.


Sounds perfect Thumbs Up

I don't think I'll ever find anything that beats the Discworld series with 40 books, plus however many on the side!


GhostRider: I have listened to all of A Song of Fire and Ice that's been published so far, just forgot to mention it Embarassed

I'll have to try podcasts, although I have to admit it is uncharted territory for me.
I don't listen to audiobooks on the bike, I just use music because I can barely hear it anyway!
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PostPosted: 14:01 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can get the Joe Abercrombie books on audio I would recomend them.
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PostPosted: 14:12 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

dydey90 wrote:
Wikipedia wrote:
The Wheel of Time now spans fourteen volumes, in addition to a prequel novel and a companion book.


Sounds perfect Thumbs Up

I don't think I'll ever find anything that beats the Discworld series with 40 books, plus however many on the side!


GhostRider: I have listened to all of A Song of Fire and Ice that's been published so far, just forgot to mention it Embarassed

I'll have to try podcasts, although I have to admit it is uncharted territory for me.
I don't listen to audiobooks on the bike, I just use music because I can barely hear it anyway!


Also look up Dan Carlins "Hardcore History" specifically "Wrath of the Khans". He describes the rise and fall of Genghis Khan and the Mongolian empire, but more in an "interesting guy down the pub" kind of way rather than a shitty textbook reading. There's a good 6 hours of it, and its really quite fascinating - and I'm not one for history in general. This is the way history should be taught in school.

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PostPosted: 14:34 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Re: Audiobooks Reply with quote

Is 'classic' Sci Fi ok?
A lot of Heinlein's stuff is available on audio book.
Philip K Dick and John Wyndham while a bit more modern Vernor Vinge, and Neal Stephenson - all authors I like available on audio books.
Recently listed to The Postman by David Brin, To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer, The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison and The Lathe of Heaven be Ursula K Le Guin all of which I liked.

Orson Scott Card's Ender's game series too - not a fan myself, but have listened to most of them.


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PostPosted: 14:36 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

pinkyfloyd wrote:
If you can get the Joe Abercrombie books on audio I would recomend them.


Ah yea forgot these, the First Law Series is very good.
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PostPosted: 14:41 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Stainless Steel Rat was one of the series I demolished, I think I read most of them in paper form aaaaages ago too, my dad has quite a collection of old yellowy-brown paged sci-fi novels from the mid 70's.

I really wish I'd made this thread early, I've got quite a bit of stuff to look at now!
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PostPosted: 14:43 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant too.

:edit: Oh, and Robin Hobb - The Farseer Trilogy and The Tawny Man Trilogy. Laughing
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PostPosted: 14:51 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yeah done all three Robin Hobb trilogies too Smile Really liked those, they were much darker than most novels.
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PostPosted: 14:53 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

dydey90 wrote:
Oh yeah done all three Robin Hobb trilogies too Smile Really liked those, they were much darker than most novels.


There's 4. Wink

Didn't much like the ship ones though.
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PostPosted: 14:56 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just looked it up because I know there's another one coming out and there's five Embarassed one isn't related to the same world though. It's the Rain Wilds Chronicles I've missed.

Just remembered I've gone through seven books by Trudi Canavan too in her Kyralia series.
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PostPosted: 15:01 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was a good series too.

I'm sure I'm going to OD on this genre soon. Laughing
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PostPosted: 15:06 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surely not...

It's amazing just how many tv adaptations have been announced too, following the Game of Thrones sensation. Looks like they might do one for The Kingkiller Chronicles and there's only been two of the planned nine books actually written so far.
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PostPosted: 15:08 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Dune series (by Frank Herbert) will keep you occupied for a good while. Really good books too. Takes a little time to get used to them but once you do they are amazing.
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PostPosted: 15:09 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stephen King's Dark Tower series
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PostPosted: 15:14 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dark Tower Series by Stephen King??

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PostPosted: 15:15 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bubbs wrote:
The Dune series (by Frank Herbert) will keep you occupied for a good while. Really good books too. Takes a little time to get used to them but once you do they are amazing.

But beware the prequels - which are co-written by Kevin J Anderson.
I've seen more intelligent environments from an 8 year old than his - kinda like I expect poor 'fan-fic' is, but loads of people buy it.
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PostPosted: 15:49 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did once start the Dark Tower series, but never really got into it. I think I actually have the Dune audiobooks too, it's just a matter of finding them!
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PostPosted: 16:51 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

GhostRider wrote:
Dark Tower Series by Stephen King??

GhostRider


Yep - sort of western/fantasy/sci-fi.
https://www.stephenking.com/darktower/
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PostPosted: 17:11 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

For anybody who's interested I found a pretty good site to download from:

http://theaudiobookbay.com

As the name suggests, this is a torrent site. You need to create a login, but all they need is an email address and a username. I've found everything on there so I'm currently bringing down 23 books Smile
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PostPosted: 19:27 - 17 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

"We're Alive" is a pretty good podcast drama. It's been running awhile, and has nearly finished, but the beauty of that is you can download it in its entirety and listen to the episodes back to back without having to wait a week or two like I have.

The only annoying thing are the sponsor ads at the start and end of each episode nowadays but I suppose it's those which have kept it free.

Anyway, rather than read out prose it is acted, with sound effects, etc., so it's enjoyable and easy to get immersed in.
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PostPosted: 16:33 - 25 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

Providing you can get your hands on the unabridged versions, I quite enjoyed the Artemis Fowl audiobooks. Same target age as the Harry Potter's (i.e. 'young adult') but still rather fun.
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PostPosted: 21:12 - 25 Feb 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

dydey90 wrote:
For anybody who's interested I found a pretty good site to download from:

http://theaudiobookbay.com

As the name suggests, this is a torrent site. You need to create a login, but all they need is an email address and a username. I've found everything on there so I'm currently bringing down 23 books Smile
are these type of sites linked to people hacking?
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