S/D: Audiobooks

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What are your fave books on tape/audiobooks/etc? Which productions do you think really add to the novel, as opposed to just being a dry reading of the text?

My recent fave has been Paul Giamatti doing PKD's A Scanner Darkly, and Stephen King's Nightmares & Dreamscapes, which had various folks reading the tales(King, Yeardley Smith, Rob Lowe, Tim Curry, etc).

Years ago, I used to have James Mason doing an adaption of 20,000 Leagues, but I lost that tape.

And which ones are complete crap?

kingfish du lac (kingfish 2.0), Thursday, 22 June 2006 15:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I listen to audio books in my kitchen while dealing with dishes and baking.

Search: Davina Porter reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series (long, complicated, historical, sexy)

Also: How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater by Mark Acito - Jeff Woodman narrates and the book is hilarious fun, but his interpretation is fantastic.

I haven't really run across any horrible narrators, but I randomly checked out a Catherine Coulter historical romance on tape and it just isn't working for me for some reason. (So much so that I can't even remember the title...)

Sara R-C (Sara R-C), Thursday, 22 June 2006 18:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The audio version of America (the Jon Stewart/Daily Show) is great...it's read by Jon, and the other Daily Show correspondents contribute as well. Adding their delivery to an already excellent book makes it great.

musically (musically), Friday, 23 June 2006 19:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

oh yeah kingfish and if you haven't already heard al franken's books on tape you'd love them. My husband is addicted to audiobooks so thanks for the PKD rec, I'll pass that on. He really likes all the Nero Wolfe mysteries.

teeny (teeny), Friday, 23 June 2006 20:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

In line with the America recommendation, I'd also recommend Wigfield, written and narrated by the creators of Strangers With Candy (Colbert, Sedaris, & Dinello). I think the book works much better in audio than it does on the page.

Deric W. Haircare (Deric W. Haircare), Friday, 23 June 2006 20:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

heard any good ones lately?

piscesx, Tuesday, 30 October 2012 17:41 (six years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Surprised this is such a short thread! As with ebooks v treebooks I guess this is my equivalent of ilm's tedious format fetish, but: I have recently started listening to books. At work I'll often spend an entire day performing some solitary repetitive procedure, and podcasts are a waste of life, so these are a good way to make the most of the time. The first thing I heard was william gass's the tunnel, read by the author: a book that didn't do all that much for me on the first pass REALLY opened up in aural form - the jokes landed better, the "jingling" musicality came thru, the sense of being trapped in this dude's loathsome and pathologically disquisitive mind was that much more acute; this is only surprising in that the print book's typographical experiments are the most successful I've seen ito understanding how the reader's eye moves across the page, so doing an audio verzh might seem perverse.

Since then I've listened mostly to short literary fiction + airport novels; the format is especially suited to the latter I think, like I've been catching up on the late novels of Stephen King and this stuff was just made to be read aloud by sonorous dudes. I wanna do another enormous "difficult" book tho, has anyone heard the gravitys rainbow?

So far I'd say plus column: short stories where you can't see the final sentence approaching, minus column: the horrible simpering voice these professional sonorous voice dudes all seem to do for all female characters, which in King's case shows up how shit these characters tend to be

the siteban for the hilarious 'lbzc' dom ips (wins), Sunday, 20 September 2015 13:17 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

I don't know if it's only the UK store, but audible are having a "daily deal throwback sale" all this week, which basically means reinstating the most popular flash deals they've had all at once - a few hundred titles at 1.99 or 2.99 (also a few at .99). Some good stuff there.

scotti pruitti (wins), Sunday, 25 February 2018 13:25 (nine months ago) Permalink

Does everything on audible still sound like it was compressed to 32 inside a large tin can, by hand?

Haribo Hancock (sic), Sunday, 25 February 2018 17:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

Probably! The files are quite small, which is why I like it. I think there's an option to download in HQ?

scotti pruitti (wins), Sunday, 25 February 2018 17:38 (nine months ago) Permalink

This is good information, thanks.

I know it's a radio play, not really an audiobook, but it's great to see the first series of the Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy on that list.

trishyb, Sunday, 25 February 2018 18:00 (nine months ago) Permalink

The audible app is driving me nuts right now. It won’t download whole audio files without me actively watching the download. Switch to another app or let it lock and the download pauses, never to be restarted without deleting and starting again.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 25 February 2018 21:06 (nine months ago) Permalink

I don't know if it's only the UK store, but audible are having a "daily deal throwback sale" all this week, which basically means reinstating the most popular flash deals they've had all at once - a few hundred titles at 1.99 or 2.99 (also a few at .99). Some good stuff there.

They did this in the US for a week or two in December for all the daily deals of the past year. Most were on the order do $3.95-$4.95. I bought a few things.

Whiney On The Moog (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 25 February 2018 21:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

I sometimes have weird downloading issues, usually more about my Internet connection than the app itself.

Also want to know if any of those UK sale audiobooks are read by Simon Vance, who seems to never ever pronounce anything wrong.

Whiney On The Moog (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 25 February 2018 23:01 (nine months ago) Permalink

There are some audio books that have multi-reader, all-star casts reading all the parts. Might be a good Whitman’s Sampler to see which readers somebody particularly enjoys.

Whiney On The Moog (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 25 February 2018 23:14 (nine months ago) Permalink

Of the books mentioned upthread, I found the Paul Giamatti version of A Scanner Darkly which looks intriguing, but didn’t see Gass’s The Tunnel, except as a CD. Did notice a book by an author he is often confused with, though, The Recognitions.

Whiney On The Moog (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 25 February 2018 23:49 (nine months ago) Permalink

Search: Davina Porter reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series

Her narration of Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles is really good as well.

Whiney On The Moog (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 25 February 2018 23:58 (nine months ago) Permalink

Some people are crazy about Vance but I find him a little insipid - he's like a North American's idea of what a British person should sound like. So maybe Vance fandom = accent porn.

From the sale, I'd highly recommend Juliet Stevenson's Middlemarch, especially if you've had trouble reading Middlemarch. And Robert Powell doing 39 Steps unabridged sounds fabulously cosy.

I love Roy Dotrice doing Game of Thrones - if there's still anyone deciding between reading the books or watching the show, the correct answer is the audiobooks.

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 26 February 2018 00:46 (nine months ago) Permalink

The British narrator I am allergic to is John Lee. I couldn’t get through his Under The Volcano.

Whiney On The Moog (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 26 February 2018 00:59 (nine months ago) Permalink

Also want to know if any of those UK sale audiobooks are read by Simon Vance, who seems to never ever pronounce anything wrong.

Ugh, I don't like Simon Vance. He does a terrible Stephen Maturin, and I just can't forgive him for it.

I'm currently listening to Jim Dale reading The Night Circus, and that's pretty great.

trishyb, Monday, 26 February 2018 16:42 (nine months ago) Permalink

Who would do Aubrey–Maturin well? The other reader on the UK audioboks is pretty boring too.

Dan Stevens? Michael Jayston? The ghost of Brendan Brehan?

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 26 February 2018 17:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

They have some of the Robert Hardy ones. He's great. Not as good as Patrick Tull, but you can't get Patrick Tull's recordings easily anywhere (or you couldn't the last time I checked, anyway).

trishyb, Monday, 26 February 2018 18:40 (nine months ago) Permalink

Oh, thanks for that tip - I just listened at a section of Tull doing M&C. He's perfectly matched. Gonna see if I can find a bootleg.

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 26 February 2018 19:01 (nine months ago) Permalink

The Patrick Tull recordings are all on US audible. They are great, some of my favourite performances.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 26 February 2018 19:43 (nine months ago) Permalink

Speaking of performances, the latest John LeCarre is performed by Tom Hollander rather than Michael Jayston and it’s an OK performance but it feels very wrong.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 26 February 2018 19:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

I don't know the names of any audiobook readers tbh! I should make a note of the ones I like I guess. I generally just spend my one audible credit a month on a book I'd like to hear (usually one I've read before or one I don't care to read but am curious about)

scotti pruitti (wins), Monday, 26 February 2018 19:56 (nine months ago) Permalink

Easily my favourite audiobook reader is Peter Kenny who does an incredible job with Iain (M) Banks' books. I don't think any of his books are in the current sale though.

treefell, Monday, 26 February 2018 20:04 (nine months ago) Permalink

The Patrick Tull recordings are all on US audible.

Seriously? I need to move.

What I actually need to do is complain to Audible.

trishyb, Monday, 26 February 2018 21:01 (nine months ago) Permalink

There's a labour-of-love, all-metadata'd-up O'Brien/Tull bootleg that's quite easy to Google for

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 26 February 2018 22:11 (nine months ago) Permalink

I will do that. Thanks.

I did have them all in one handy place some years ago, but successive laptop and phone changes cut them adrift somehow.

trishyb, Monday, 26 February 2018 23:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

Something told me that the mere mention of Simon Vance would draw this kind of fire, that he would be in that category of British things that Britishes hate like, say. The Beautiful South.

Whiney On The Moog (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 02:26 (nine months ago) Permalink

Does anyone else do the whispersync thing? I did it with a couple of books, but have gone off it lately. Occasionally husband will come into the room while I have an audiobook going and will listen along for a little while. He did not enjoy A Little Life at all. Kept hearing snatches of it and asking, "What IS this? Why are you listening to this? It sounds HORRIBLE."

trishyb, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 12:34 (nine months ago) Permalink

your husband OTM

I don't like swapping between audio and reading, it makes books feel too system-y, a bit too much like work.

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 14:20 (nine months ago) Permalink

A Little Life IS horrible

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 02:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

In both what it's about, and its execution.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 02:24 (nine months ago) Permalink

I won't disagree with that. But I did find it compelling and highly involving. Certainly I was in a hurry to see what happened in the end.

I don't like swapping between audio and reading, it makes books feel too system-y, a bit too much like work.

I still don't know if my inability to follow The Luminaries properly was because of the book itself or the way I experienced it, but I stopped doing whispersync after that.

trishyb, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 13:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

You may not like Simon Vance, but whazzabout Simon Prebble?

What is Blecchism ? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 16:08 (one week ago) Permalink

I’ve gone off these a bit

Pierrot with a thousand farces (wins), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 17:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Like I still listen to them but I feel like I enjoy them most often despite the readers, who can feel like a nuisance intermediary for the text - the tunnel was the book that really turned me on to these and as a rule a good book read by the author is best, I find a lot of these actorly types approach every work of literature as though they’re Stephen fucking Fry reading Harry fucking Potter, all storytime cadences and squawking cartoon voices

Pierrot with a thousand farces (wins), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 17:17 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh but also I meant to say, someone’s done a recording of the complete novels of mark twain and put it on audible for like £0.80, a penny per hour. Might be a “get what you pay for” type deal but still, tempting at that price. (I have never read any Twain but was thinking of making it a thing next year, this could be a companion piece)

Pierrot with a thousand farces (wins), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 18:19 (one week ago) Permalink

I'd imagine most of Twain's stuff is on Librivox for free

President Keyes, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 18:39 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah that’s definitely what I thought too (note to self: know what librivox is)

Pierrot with a thousand farces (wins), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 18:45 (one week ago) Permalink

https://librivox.org/

President Keyes, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 18:47 (one week ago) Permalink

Ohh, liBRIvox

Pierrot with a thousand farces (wins), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 18:49 (one week ago) Permalink

You may not like Simon Vance, but whazzabout Simon Prebble?

Turns out I only don't like him reading Patrick O'Brian. He's perfect for Anthony Powell.

trishyb, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 14:41 (one week ago) Permalink

brian blessed has an autobio that he reads himself. in that voice. all the way through.

adam the (abanana), Thursday, 6 December 2018 04:37 (one week ago) Permalink


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