Essential Listening (audible books)

I’ve been an audible.com customer for around a decade and judging by the size of my library, have consumed over 270 books in that time. That sounds about right, since my plan has 2 books a month. My commute is not that long, probably around 20 minutes. But that’s 40 mins a day. And there is also workout time, honey-do time, time watching the kids, chore time, standing in line time, and lunch time. I also listen to a few podcasts, alternating between a good book and a podcast about every other week. And because not everything worth reading has been recorded, I consume books the old school way too, albeit at a much slower rate. Usually when I hit the rack, it’s to sleep.

Not all audible books are created equally. The narrator can make or break a book or aspiring author. For instance, my favorite new sci-fi writer is Craig Alanson. While he does self publish via Amazon, his novels really went viral when noted audible.com narrator RC Bray was signed to read the Expeditionary Force series.

Then take a series or book too time consuming to absorb, like a James Michener novel, or the entire Aubrey and Maturin series. The audible version is much more palatable during a boring commute, while loading the dishwasher, or standing in line at the department of motor vehicles.

Perhaps I am in the minority. In that case, this thread will undoubtedly come to an ignominious end. But on the chance that there are others out there searching for an exceptional listen, I propose the Essential Listening thread,

Where to begin? How about one that many of you have either seen the film and/or read the book decades ago. I had done both, but so long ago that only glimpses of the film remain in memory. Admittedly, experiencing the DCS Hornet and Tomcat and all of the associated media surrounding both have heightened my awareness of carrier ops. But listening it today was as if for the first time. And it’s awesome. Hit the Sample button for a taste.

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Good topic, love audio books … love my Kindle too, but for dedicated audio books I do find they are brilliant in my alternating night shift day shift routine when switching from nights to days especially, dark room, just the book being read to me and depending on its type can help me drift off early, its not a problem the next night as I can always remember where I left off, find that chapter and resume … not the ideal way to listen to a book, but it works for me, have some special sound audio stuff that is just sounds of nature, waves lapping on a shore … soothing stuff like that, when I really struggle to sleep I put that on and have it on repeat, really helps my insomnia :slight_smile:

I can listen to audio books in the normal way too of course :slight_smile:

Flight of the Intruder is a good one I do agree, lots of great detail, the other Jake Grafton book too, The Intruders I’ve read/heard this way too.

Arthur C Clark novels are on audio books, the 2001 and its follow ups I highly recommend this way, Rama series too, lots of his short storys as well … pure Science I like to listen to on audio book as well, digesting it all bit by bit fore the heavier science stuff … Good topic, hope to see more good audio book recommendations :+1:

Contact read by Jodie Foster is a great listen, the book is much more diverse and detailed than the Movie, but both are good … Oh and Carl Sagan (RIP) has a lot good audio book stuff too.

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I’ve listened to every single book written by Peter f Hamilton on audible. My favourite author. When I was driving trucks I could really get into them going up and down the motorway.
I’ve done a LOT of science fiction books and could reccomend a huge amount but actually when I think about it I really enjoyed the non fiction books about the Falklands and world wars.

‘Masters of the air’ and ‘Lancaster’ were a couple of stand out favourites

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So true. I got hooked on the Safehold series by David Weber. Initially I read the books but a some point I switched to Audible. For some reason they switch the narrators at least 3 times with mixed to poor results.

Anyway…

I recommend the Great Courses series. Each is a collegiate course taught/narrated by a professor. I like the history courses but all have been at least very good. The one caution…if you are like me and tended to fall asleep in class, probably not the best thing to listen to while driving…just say’n. :yawning_face::open_mouth:

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Way back in the day when I had a cassette radio in my tractor I used to go to the local library and rent taped stories. The choice was limited but it beat the radio when I was spending 14 hours a day ploughing or working land.
Fast forward 20 years and I got the harry Potter books read by Steven fry who is a suberb reader for the kids on my ipod.

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Agreed. He is fantastic, especially when narrated by John Lee. I’ve enjoyed both the Void trilogy and the Commonwealth series.

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John Lee is phenomenal in the commonwealth series. You may not get the reference but I whenever I swear inside my head my inner monologue tends to use John Lee’s version of nigel sheldon voice 'jeeeeezus chrrrrist"

Have you read or listened to the great north road or the new salvation series. I am waiting for the 2nd book in salvation series as the first one blew my socks off. I think mr Hamilton struggles to write women characters very well but by God I love his style of writing so much. It’s kind of spoiled high science fiction for me to be honest. I’ve never found anything that comes close to the commonwealth series.

But I have HIGH Hope’s for salvation

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If you’re into audiobooks you might also like Dan Carlins Hardcore History series. It‘s a free podcast and your smartphone can already play it offline. The length and intensity of them is more „book“ than „podcast“.

what a great idea, thx :slight_smile:

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Having finished FOTI, which I must say is one hell of a book, we now move on to WW2 armor. I’m about half way through this and enjoying it immensely. The author is new to me, but well suits the genre. The NYT describes it as “Band of Brothers in tanks”. I’m inclined to agree. The author’s bio