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Title: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on October 20, 2011, 02:12:12 PM
I thought it would be fun to keep a fairly up-to-date record of what's in my active playlist.

Right now I've got the following:

1) Dark Tower III The Drawing of the Three (Stephen King - I've never read it)
2) Pandora's Star (first Commonwealth book by Peter Hamilton - I've read it but not listened to it.  Got the second one on sale for 5 bucks, so I spent a credit on the first one)
3) My "credits aren't coming in for a few days" time filler, An Outline of History (HG Wells - I've read it a couple of times and listened to it once before)

I've got a few other unread titles in my library that aren't in my phone yet.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: Stovetop32 on October 21, 2011, 03:13:59 PM
Ohh man, been meaning to start the Commonwealth books for a while.

Let me know what you think!
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on October 23, 2011, 09:11:17 PM
I read them already, and I listened to the second set of Commonwealth ones (the Void ones) with the same narrator, so I'm sure they will be great.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on October 23, 2011, 09:19:39 PM
I read them already, and I listened to the second set of Commonwealth ones (the Void ones) with the same narrator, so I'm sure they will be great.

Is the "lady"
(click to show/hide)
?

I never figured that out for sure.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on October 23, 2011, 09:47:50 PM
I think so, but I'm not 100% either.  Couldn't think of anyone else it could be.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on October 25, 2011, 10:32:51 PM
Loving The Drawing of the Three so far.  Just met #2.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on October 29, 2011, 11:43:47 PM
Finished The Drawing of the Three.  Loved it - it was better than the first one, and I'm looking forward to the next one next month.

Started up Pandor's Star, which as I said I have read before but not listened to.  Enjoying it, as I expected.

I definitely find that I get something different out of a book listening vs. reading.  I really noticed it with the Wheel of Time books, where when I first read them I found the female characters aggravating carbon copies of each other, but when listening I found them to be a lot less annoying and a lot more individual/distinguishable.

However, I tend to remember details longer after reading than listening.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on November 14, 2011, 06:49:47 PM
The Drawing of the Three is probably my favorite Dark Tower book.

Does any one else use the Audible app for their Android? I find it actually better to use for my audiobooks than iTunes. A lot simpler, anyway. I suspect that when I finally get my laptop, and access to a version of iTunes from this decade, I'll continue to use the Audible app.

As far as my playlist goes, I just finished I Shall Wear Midnight (Pratchett), and have two novels from a series I've taken some slight interest in queued up. My interest is slightly waning, but I'll probably pick up the series again eventually. It's the Tales of the Otori series from Lian Hearn. Part historical fiction, part fantasy. Pretty well written, and the voice actors (which are so incredibly important in audiobooks) are good. Not exceptional, but they (there are two) give good/accurate voices to the main characters.

My Wish List is 40+ books strong. *sigh*
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on November 14, 2011, 07:24:01 PM
Currently listening to George RR Martin's Dreamsongs.
Several narrators, all good, some great.

Chapter intros by the author, great insight into the man behind the iron throne.


My favourite short is "The Way of Cross and Dragon".

Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on November 15, 2011, 11:11:25 AM
The Drawing of the Three is probably my favorite Dark Tower book.

Does any one else use the Audible app for their Android? I find it actually better to use for my audiobooks than iTunes. A lot simpler, anyway. I suspect that when I finally get my laptop, and access to a version of iTunes from this decade, I'll continue to use the Audible app.

Looking forward to the next Dark Tower book next week.

Still plugging away on Pandora's Star (it's 5 parts, 7+ hours each).

I use the Audible app for Blackberry.  It's got highs and lows.  It's really good about remembering where you are even after things like software updates and hard reboots, but it's a pain to rewind/fast forward, and occasionally it will have a brain fart and skip back to where you last started (and you have to clunk through the fast forward until you find where you were).

iTunes can kiss my ass.  I'm the last person on the planet who hates iTunes and won't use it for any purpose.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on November 16, 2011, 03:53:54 PM
The Drawing of the Three is probably my favorite Dark Tower book.

Does any one else use the Audible app for their Android? I find it actually better to use for my audiobooks than iTunes. A lot simpler, anyway. I suspect that when I finally get my laptop, and access to a version of iTunes from this decade, I'll continue to use the Audible app.

Looking forward to the next Dark Tower book next week.

Still plugging away on Pandora's Star (it's 5 parts, 7+ hours each).

I use the Audible app for Blackberry.  It's got highs and lows.  It's really good about remembering where you are even after things like software updates and hard reboots, but it's a pain to rewind/fast forward, and occasionally it will have a brain fart and skip back to where you last started (and you have to clunk through the fast forward until you find where you were).

iTunes can kiss my ass.  I'm the last person on the planet who hates iTunes and won't use it for any purpose.
It's good for podcasts. And I can't stand the playback on my Android - they chop off the first second or so and that makes a song sound different. It's dumb, and I don't like it. :(

But I also like having one device for music and podcasts and one for audiobooks. Keeps things organized.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on November 18, 2011, 10:06:50 AM
Finished Pandora's Star and jumped straight into Judas Unchained.

For some reason they switched from Bradley Johansen to Bradley Yohansen.  lol
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on November 21, 2011, 10:15:34 PM
Finished Pandora's Star and jumped straight into Judas Unchained.

For some reason they switched from Bradley Johansen to Bradley Yohansen.  lol
I've noticed that in some series - not often enough to annoy me, but sometimes it takes a while to figure out who they're talking about. I think it happens in the WoT series, but can't be sure. I've listened to most of the audiobooks, but have also read a few of them. I started by listening, and didn't know who this Siuan character was, because I wouldn't have pronounced it "Swan" in my head. :P

Great, now I'm wondering how long it would take for me to read through all the WoT books. THEY'RE SO LONG. And often tedious.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on November 21, 2011, 10:44:46 PM
I actually prefer the audiobooks for Wheel of Time to the word books. Definitely for the last few Jordan ones (I'm a Sanderson fanboy so I find his style more enjoyable to read).

I even asked an interesting question of the narrators once about choices in the direction and got a cool response.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on November 21, 2011, 11:03:37 PM
I actually prefer the audiobooks for Wheel of Time to the word books. Definitely for the last few Jordan ones (I'm a Sanderson fanboy so I find his style more enjoyable to read).

I even asked an interesting question of the narrators once about choices in the direction and got a cool response.
I absolutely love the readings of the WoT books. The narrators add a lot to the books. I don't if I could actually read them all, but if I did, I'd be thinking the entire time "Those narrators could do a lot better."
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on November 21, 2011, 11:06:17 PM
The big thing I noticed is that characters that really annoyed me when reading are relatable when listening.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on November 21, 2011, 11:25:30 PM
The big thing I noticed is that characters that really annoyed me when reading are relatable when listening.
I know, right? And the female narrator, I forget her name, adds soooo much character to the characters - Nynaeve and Siuan especially. I don't think I'd get the same impression of them if I'd just read the paper books. It's basically the difference between reading a Shakespearean play and seeing one acted out for you, imo.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on November 22, 2011, 12:18:17 AM
Gosh darn it.

Dreamsongs has gone and made me want to buy GRRM's entire back catalog.
You people need to listen to the version read by various narrators.
Excellent stuff, especially Old Roy.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on November 22, 2011, 09:47:30 AM
The big thing I noticed is that characters that really annoyed me when reading are relatable when listening.
I know, right? And the female narrator, I forget her name, adds soooo much character to the characters - Nynaeve and Siuan especially. I don't think I'd get the same impression of them if I'd just read the paper books. It's basically the difference between reading a Shakespearean play and seeing one acted out for you, imo.

It was actually Egwene for me - I just couldn't get what she was about until I started listening (I think I got on the audiobook train around when book 9 or 10 came out in print, but I've been reading them as they come out since the very beginning).
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on November 22, 2011, 09:48:06 AM
Gosh darn it.

Dreamsongs has gone and made me want to buy GRRM's entire back catalog.
You people need to listen to the version read by various narrators.
Excellent stuff, especially Old Roy.

GRRM is on my "eventually" list.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: MikeHz on November 22, 2011, 10:36:59 AM
I've taken to getting the digital downloads from the local library. Right now, I'm a quarter through A Clash of Kings. The one problem is that with the HBO series out GRRM books take a long wait for the check out.

My wife is just getting ready to start on the first of the Wheel of Time yarns. She's still using disks.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on November 22, 2011, 10:40:58 AM
It's funny - I hear Michael Kramer as Perrin and Kate Reading as Egwene, even when they are reading other books.

I'm really looking foward to the last book, but I'm also kind of sad - I've been reading these for 20 years, over half my life, and some of the magic will be gone when I know how it ends...
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on November 22, 2011, 10:44:42 AM
My wife is just getting ready to start on the first of the Wheel of Time yarns. She's still using disks.

I listened to the prequel book on disks - there was a licensing issue in the past where Audible didn't have the license for New Spring (prequel) and Path of Daggers (book 8) when they had all of the others up to book 10.  I got to book 7, and then checked the disks for New Spring out at the library, then by the time I finished it Audible had sorted the licensing out and had book 8.  :P
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on November 22, 2011, 10:46:29 AM
Finished Pandora's Star and jumped straight into Judas Unchained.

An update for my fans...

For new credit day (Sunday), I got Dark Tower III and the next Dresen Files book from Jim Butcher (I think I'm on book 11).
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on November 22, 2011, 04:35:19 PM
Gosh darn it.

Dreamsongs has gone and made me want to buy GRRM's entire back catalog.
You people need to listen to the version read by various narrators.
Excellent stuff, especially Old Roy.

GRRM is on my "eventually" list.

His back cat was on my eventually, but boy oh boy is he good.
Especially when collaborating with other writers.

Hunter's Run (SciFi) is an excellent example. Not very long either.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on November 22, 2011, 09:38:59 PM
I've just dived into the print version of GRRM's A Song of Fire and Ice series. Now you tell me the audiobook versions are good. :P
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on November 22, 2011, 09:44:10 PM
I've just dived into the print version of GRRM's A Song of Fire and Ice series. Now you tell me the audiobook versions are good. :P

I've been spouting the greatness of the audiobooks for an age.
I like both print and audio as I pickup different things each time.

They do change narrators on a Feast For Crows, he's not great, but not terrible.
Back to Roy Dotrice for the last one.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: MikeHz on November 22, 2011, 10:14:41 PM
Roy Dotrice does the best job reading than any reader I've heard. His ability to actually act out the parts is phenomenal.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on November 22, 2011, 10:30:48 PM
Roy Dotrice does the best job reading than any reader I've heard. His ability to actually act out the parts is phenomenal.

Agreed.
Makes Stephen Fry look amateur.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on December 21, 2011, 12:13:45 PM
Finished Dark Tower III.

Next up, Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on January 02, 2012, 05:37:12 PM
Finished Dark Tower III.

Next up, Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson.
Is this related to his Mistborn series?
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: MikeHz on January 02, 2012, 09:22:19 PM
Currently, "Moonwalking With Einstein." Next up, "A Storm of Swords."
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: David E. on January 02, 2012, 11:00:21 PM
Listening to a silly little Superhero/villain story:  Confessions of a D-List Supervillain by Jim Bernheimer, I downloaded it almost at Random.  It's quite entertaining.  Also listening to Packing for Mars.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on January 03, 2012, 10:43:15 AM
Finished Dark Tower III.

Next up, Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson.
Is this related to his Mistborn series?

Yeah.  He's trying something new (at least as far as I have ever seen), and fast-forwarding his "medieval fantasy" setting to a "western/steam-era" setting.  I've seen interviews where he talks about a pending fast-forward to space opera for the same setting.

I'm about 60% through, and I'm enjoying it (but I'm biased because I like Brandon's style in general, and the narrator is one of my favourites whom I'd listen to reading the back of ceral boxes).
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on January 03, 2012, 03:36:35 PM
Finished Dark Tower III.

Next up, Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson.
Is this related to his Mistborn series?

Yeah.  He's trying something new (at least as far as I have ever seen), and fast-forwarding his "medieval fantasy" setting to a "western/steam-era" setting.  I've seen interviews where he talks about a pending fast-forward to space opera for the same setting.

I'm about 60% through, and I'm enjoying it (but I'm biased because I like Brandon's style in general, and the narrator is one of my favourites whom I'd listen to reading the back of ceral boxes).
Excellent. I have at least one credit that I haven't used. I, too, love Sanderson almost unconditionally. I've been pimping his works for years - I bought the first Mistborn based on the awesome cover art and also enjoyed the story inside. Yes. I judged a book by it's cover. It works sometimes. :D
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on January 03, 2012, 03:50:15 PM
He wrote in a character who does accents, and I'm reasonably sure he was thinking the whole time "Lets see how Michael Kramer deals with this, muhuhahahahaha!"
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on January 03, 2012, 04:08:03 PM
He wrote in a character who does accents, and I'm reasonably sure he was thinking the whole time "Lets see how Michael Kramer deals with this, muhuhahahahaha!"
Oh, sweet, Michael Kramer. He's good people. Also, lol.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on January 09, 2012, 12:29:11 PM
Finished Alloy of Law, and also Howl's Moving Castle (review in the other thread).

Now queued up, Wizard and Glass, the 4th Dark Tower book (about 8 hours in right now).  This one is twice as long as the previous one.  I'm well into the tale of Roland's youth, and it turns out that the one Dark Tower graphic novel that I read (before realizing that I'd rather wait until after I finish the actual books) covered this part.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: David E. on January 09, 2012, 01:30:16 PM
Finished Alloy of Law, and also Howl's Moving Castle (review in the other thread).

Now queued up, Wizard and Glass, the 4th Dark Tower book (about 8 hours in right now).  This one is twice as long as the previous one.  I'm well into the tale of Roland's youth, and it turns out that the one Dark Tower graphic novel that I read (before realizing that I'd rather wait until after I finish the actual books) covered this part.

Best book in the whole series.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on January 09, 2012, 03:33:53 PM
Finished Alloy of Law, and also Howl's Moving Castle (review in the other thread).

Now queued up, Wizard and Glass, the 4th Dark Tower book (about 8 hours in right now).  This one is twice as long as the previous one.  I'm well into the tale of Roland's youth, and it turns out that the one Dark Tower graphic novel that I read (before realizing that I'd rather wait until after I finish the actual books) covered this part.

Best book in the whole series.
+1
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: David E. on January 12, 2012, 10:33:16 PM
Listening to a very good Dramatization of Bram Stokers' Dracula. 
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on January 13, 2012, 06:39:25 PM
I'm listening to The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. It's a little slow, but interesting. I'm trying to get into it, but, like I said, the pacing is kind of slow.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on January 26, 2012, 10:53:34 AM
Yesterday I finished Wizard and Glass.  Sooooooooo good.  Apparently there is a narrator change for the rest of the series, and reviews are poor.  I'm sure I'll still like them though.

Up now, Harry Dresden book 11, Turn Coat.  I've heard some spoilers of what comes next in the series so I've been delaying listening (also, I don't want to run out).
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: David E. on January 26, 2012, 12:11:13 PM
Both Narrators for the DT series are excellent. 
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on March 02, 2012, 10:31:25 AM
The narrator for Wolves of the Calla (which I finished) was not as good as the previous one, but it was still good.

Finished Harry Dresden 11 and 12, working on Dark Tower 6, Song of Susannah now.  Just started it last night.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: Jolimont on March 20, 2012, 04:11:56 PM
I'm on part 3 of The Mote in God's Eye, I've enjoyed it very much. I LOVE audio books, at least 90% of the ones I've tried. My husband hasn't cracked an actual book open for years, I thought his Audible habit was silly, but then I tried it myself, OH Nooooooooooooo!!!
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on March 21, 2012, 09:13:59 AM
Oooh, that's one that I've read a couple of times. Might get that one some time.

Started up Dark Tower 7 yesterday (also known as "New Credit Day).
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on March 21, 2012, 10:30:41 AM
The Mote in God's Eye,

Is the narrator American or British?
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on April 10, 2012, 07:31:22 PM
Just started Out of Oz (Gregory Maguire). I still have three books I've bought but just haven't listened to. My audio habit has dried up since I got my Kindle. My reading habit has slowed down, too, lately. :/ I'm starting to get back into the groove of it, though.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on April 11, 2012, 11:07:06 AM
Just started Out of Oz (Gregory Maguire). I still have three books I've bought but just haven't listened to. My audio habit has dried up since I got my Kindle. My reading habit has slowed down, too, lately. :/ I'm starting to get back into the groove of it, though.

Is that the 4th one?  I've listened to the first 3 and quite enjoyed them.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on April 14, 2012, 04:27:45 PM
Just started Out of Oz (Gregory Maguire). I still have three books I've bought but just haven't listened to. My audio habit has dried up since I got my Kindle. My reading habit has slowed down, too, lately. :/ I'm starting to get back into the groove of it, though.

Is that the 4th one?  I've listened to the first 3 and quite enjoyed them.
fourth and final. it's, so far, almost as good as Wicked (one of my favorite novels of all time). I think I need to reread the series, because I don't remember much of SoaW or Lion. if you do get the audiobook, be warned that the narrator reads sloooowly. I've bumped the speed to 1.5x normal to make it sound normal to my ears.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on April 16, 2012, 01:53:22 PM
I thought the first one was a lot stronger than the other two, although I did enjoy all three.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on April 19, 2012, 03:57:04 PM
Wicked is absolutely one of my favorite books ever.

I'm currently listening to Wicked Bugs by someone or the other. It's okay. Very superficial, but covers a lot of stuff. Only 5 hours long. It reminds me of Hrab's Interesting Fauna bit.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on April 19, 2012, 04:29:58 PM
I saw the musical, which was a total departure from the book, and loved it as well (on a totally different level).
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on April 19, 2012, 04:31:58 PM
Tomorrow (new credit day) I'm going to get Jenny Lawson's book and the latest Honor Harrington I think.  Also got The Nerdist Way on my mind, and the latest Harry Dresden, but those might wait a month or two.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on April 23, 2012, 02:26:07 PM
I went with my gut and got Jenny and Honor Harrington.  Got Nerdist and Dresden on the horizon, and will also probably grab Kevin Smith's book soon too.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on May 20, 2012, 11:20:57 AM
So this month I grabbed Chris Hardwick's Nerdist Way and that new Dark Tower book. Looking forward to both (obviously).
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on May 27, 2012, 04:34:30 AM
I'm still making my way through The Wind-up Girl by Paulo Bacialaialiaggucci. It's a lot better on 2x  :-\ Next month's credit is likely to go to Hitch-22.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on June 27, 2012, 01:06:40 PM
Finished a re-listen of Neverwhere this morning.  Moving on to Scalzi's Redshirts (read by my internet boyfriend Wil Wheaton) next.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: IndySkeptic on June 28, 2012, 10:26:47 PM
Reading The Idea Factory.  It's a history of Bell Labs.  I have about 4 hours left.  I'm an engineer and an all around science geek so it's really interesting seeing how the information age came about from transistors all the way up to the Telstar satellite.  It's not all technical though.  The author does a good job of telling the stories of these early pioneers.

I listened to Under the Dome by Stephen King with my previous credit.  I've never hated a character more than I hated Big Jim Rennie.  Lots of involuntary clinching of the steering wheel on my commute whenever he was being just plain evil.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on July 01, 2012, 08:44:39 PM
I've just started listening to Kafka on the Shore. It's got several readers, and all of them are good. The story started out normally enough, but then it got weird and really caught my attention. I really want to know how the elements of the story fit together. I feel smarter just listening to it.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on July 01, 2012, 11:15:07 PM
Redshirts was really fun. Wil got to show some performance chops, and the story is really good.

Up next is Eon by Greg Bear. I read this some time ago and remember liking it, but not how it goes.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: petrolpetal on July 06, 2012, 02:34:28 PM
I've just started listening to Kafka on the Shore. It's got several readers, and all of them are good. The story started out normally enough, but then it got weird and really caught my attention. I really want to know how the elements of the story fit together. I feel smarter just listening to it.

When you are done - try ''Dance,Dance Dance'', also by Haruki....magnificantly read, and a real treat.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on July 07, 2012, 08:31:22 PM
I've just started listening to Kafka on the Shore. It's got several readers, and all of them are good. The story started out normally enough, but then it got weird and really caught my attention. I really want to know how the elements of the story fit together. I feel smarter just listening to it.

When you are done - try ''Dance,Dance Dance'', also by Haruki....magnificantly read, and a real treat.
Thanks. My reading is going to be on hold for a bit (even my audio reading) because I just got Diablo III. It's always good to have a few more books on the "to read" list, though. :)
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on July 20, 2012, 10:17:16 AM
Finished Eon, liked it a lot.

New credit day today, picked up a couple new books.

Year Zero, Rob Reid

The Long Earth, Stephen BAxter & Terry Pratchett

Heard good things about both, looking forward to some bus rides :)
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on August 09, 2012, 05:07:24 AM
Finished Eon, liked it a lot.

New credit day today, picked up a couple new books.

Year Zero, Rob Reid

The Long Earth, Stephen BAxter & Terry Pratchett

Heard good things about both, looking forward to some bus rides :)
I just added The Long Earth to my Wish List. :D

Are you the Wheaton fanboy/stalker, or is that someone else? I'm only asking because I also added "Redshirts" by John Scalzi, read by Wil Wheaton. It looks to be a nerd-tastic read.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: Holden Attradies on August 09, 2012, 05:32:21 AM
Year Zero was AMAZINGLY good.  It took me a bit to get used to the reader but I adored his voice by the end.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on August 09, 2012, 10:10:17 AM
Are you the Wheaton fanboy/stalker, or is that someone else? I'm only asking because I also added "Redshirts" by John Scalzi, read by Wil Wheaton. It looks to be a nerd-tastic read.

I'm not a stalker.  He's my totes legit internet boyfriend.

(http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j21/amysrevenge/WHEATTTTOOOONNNN/BeardBrothers.jpg)

You'll love Redshirts.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on August 09, 2012, 10:11:41 AM
Year Zero was AMAZINGLY good.  It took me a bit to get used to the reader but I adored his voice by the end.

I know, right?

There have been some really good books to come out in the last year or so.  I used to have an easy time listing off my favourites, but now I have to actually think about it.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on August 09, 2012, 10:36:25 PM
Actually, I think I have Year Zero on my wishlist, too. Coincidence? Perhaps.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: Johnny Slick on August 11, 2012, 05:27:48 PM
Don't remember if I've mentioned these but historian Barbara Tuchman wrote 3 really, really good books about various periods in world history that are narrated by Nadia May and which are also really good if a bit on the dry side. Having now listened to all 3, here's the order you should probably go if you're so obliged:

The Guns of August - a seminal work about the cognitive dissonances that led to the onset of World War I as well as the continued dissonances that led to it getting bogged down into 4 years of trench warfare. It ends in the winter of 1914, just when the action more or less ground to a crawl. Basically you had Germany hatching a really dumb, ill-thought-out plan that her own experts said wasn't going to work (granted, a bunch more refused to listen to those naysayers), the French hatching a really dumb, ill-thought-out plan to settle the score with Germany that basically amounted to "we are gutsy", the Russians just being a complete and utter mess, and the Austrians being the decaying empire which ended up setting off the whole thing.

The Proud Tower - About the so-called "belle epoque" period of 1890-1914. People in the interwar period especially liked to call those times the greatest in European history. However, as Tuchman describes it, World War I was practically waiting to happen; if it hadn't, there might have been mass revolution instead. In a 5-6 year period, for instance (1895 - 1901 I think) there were something like 6 heads of state murdered by anarchists (including our own President McKinley).

A Distant Mirror - About the latter half of the 14th century in Europe, after the plague. I enjoyed it, but then, I am kind of a sucker for medieval history that's not all about the goofy intellectual debates that were going on at the time.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on August 12, 2012, 02:04:26 AM
I got two books for one credit today. 8) Now I only have 5 books in my audiobook list. I'll start listening to Hitch-22 tomorrow. Then maybe the Pinker book I got today--I forget the title, something about people not being as evil as all that. His most recent, I think.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on August 13, 2012, 11:28:19 AM
Dammit, my books this month were too good.  I finished Year Zero in 6 days, and The Long Earth in 9 days, leaving me with 16 days until the next credits.  I used up a few days with podcasts, and I'm going with HG Wells' Outline of History as my traditional gap-filler, but it's still 7 days until new books.

Aargh!  Why do things have to be so awesome?

I was standing there, doing dishes and listening to my book, knowing that I should turn on music like normal to conserve book time, but I couldn't stop.
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on August 13, 2012, 11:31:05 AM
I just added The Long Earth to my Wish List. :D

Long Earth was very enjoyable.  I think that it was largely Baxter's work, with bits and pieces of pure Pratchett scattered here and there (I smelled Pratchett's stank on the bits with the nuns, and a line about how the chief distinction between a person and a really good AI was "the noise they make when you punch them".)
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on August 13, 2012, 08:43:01 PM
I just added The Long Earth to my Wish List. :D

Long Earth was very enjoyable.  I think that it was largely Baxter's work, with bits and pieces of pure Pratchett scattered here and there (I smelled Pratchett's stank on the bits with the nuns, and a line about how the chief distinction between a person and a really good AI was "the noise they make when you punch them".)
:D That most definitely sounds Pratchian. Pratchettine? Pratchettish?
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: amysrevenge on August 20, 2012, 05:54:13 PM
This month I picked up Leviathan's Wake (which I read in paper about 10 months ago) and Caliban's War (which is brand new, both in general and to me) by James Corey.  Both are quite long (so I should be able to reach until next damn credit day).
Title: Re: My audiobook playlist
Post by: pandamonium on August 21, 2012, 01:01:51 AM
I'm a little over half-way through Hitch-22. Even with all the time I spend biking and waiting for trains. Although, to be fair, I've been reading more ebooks lately.