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    Audiobooks recommendations here, please.

    I'm sure there are some within some separate book threads, but if you have any you want to recommend, I'll take it.

    Seems to be an art to them, for sure.

    My favorite was actually a multiple CD set of Hampton Sides "Ghost Soldiers" as read by James Naughton. I had a long commute back then, and it really filled the time...completely captivating.

    Currently listening to Adam Carolla's "In Fifty Years We'll all be Chicks." It is more him ranting than really listening to a book, but I'm enjoying it for what it is. Side note: iTunes pricing of the audio book as more expensive than a "regular" book caught me by surprise.

    That's all I have, so far.

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    I almost exclusively only listen to audiobooks when I have a long drive (i.e. Dallas to Austin and back) and almost exclusively only listen to audio books from comedians. I have listened to Adam Carrolla's book and, while I am huge, daily fan of his podcast, I did not love the audiobook (though, I was trying to listen to it on a flight and never could really get into it in that setting...and blame the setting for my response).

    The last few audiobooks I have listened to and really enjoyed:

    -Bossypants by Tina Fey
    -Pure Drivel by Steve Martin
    -Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman
    -I am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
    -Why We Suck by Dennis Leary

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    I also enjoyed Bossypants, and Tina Fey reads it. The best audiobook that I've listened to though is The Help. The women who read that book are phenomenal. The really do a great job with all of the voices and I think I enjoy the book more from their reading than the actual content. The guy who reads the Dragon Tattoo books is also pretty good.

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    I travel cross-country frequently to catastrophe sites such as hurricanes and other storms. I have listened to several Dean Koontz books and they are very captivating and well paced. They are pretty spooky when you are driving solo up I-35 in the middle of the night. The descriptive prose really comes alive in that black highway ahead.

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    The excerpts I've heard of Corolla's book on his podcast make me not really want to listen to it. He seems funnier when he's not working off a script.

    I'm sure many of you wouldn't be interested, but the audio books of the Harry Potter series are really well done. I've only listened to the American version (can't think of the guy who reads it, but he's great), which I believe won some grammies. The British version is read by Stephen Fry, and I'd like to listen to those, as I am a fan (no homo).

    Kinda related to that (via the British TV show Jeeves & Wooster) - I bought an audio book of one of P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves novels, and it really drove home the point that the narrator makes or breaks an audiobook. The dude who was reading it was super british and I just couldn't follow.

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    Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol was good for a not too long ago road trip I had (unabridged version). Might be because I love the historical info.

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    just recently listened to "Outliers." I highly recommend it if you liked the Freakonomics books or Moneyball. No complaints about the reading, which is done by the author. If you havent checked out any of these, I recommend them all (although i read the Freakonomics books and Moneyball, so i dont know about the audiobooks).

    The reason I clump them together is that they are all about scientifically parsing out what is real from what is perceived. Pretty interesting/entertaining/funny stuff, and you don't need to be a stats geek to appreciate it...but if you are, then definitely check them out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MusChampion View Post
    just recently listened to "Outliers." I highly recommend it if you liked the Freakonomics books or Moneyball. No complaints about the reading, which is done by the author. If you havent checked out any of these, I recommend them all (although i read the Freakonomics books and Moneyball, so i dont know about the audiobooks).

    The reason I clump them together is that they are all about scientifically parsing out what is real from what is perceived. Pretty interesting/entertaining/funny stuff, and you don't need to be a stats geek to appreciate it...but if you are, then definitely check them out.
    I listened to Outliers on a road trip, and I think it really lends itself to the audio format. Each chapter is a new subject (you listen to him talk about The Beatles for half an hour, then he talks about youth hockey in Canada for half an hour, etc), so it's pretty easy to stay engaged.

    If you download free audiobooks from librivox, I would suggest listening to some of the download on your computer before starting to burn all the CDs. Some strange voices on those readers.

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    The Dark Tower series (S. King) is really good. Love the narrator, but I think he was able to read the last book...motorcycle crash or something.

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    Any James Lee Burke book. Very gritty with lots of testosterone laced crazy/flawed characters.

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    Dead I Well May Be by Adrian McKinty
    - The first in a trilogy of gory, gritty Irish crime thrillers read in a fantastic brogue.

    Flashman in the Great Game by George MacDonald Frasher
    - Hilarious historical fiction. A cowardly sex-addict blunders his way through 19th/20th century British history. (#5 in a series of over 10 books)
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    Game of Thrones with Roy Dotrice narrating. The man is amazing. He must have a catalogue of 1000 voices, all top notch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnarkle View Post
    Game of Thrones with Roy Dotrice narrating. The man is amazing. He must have a catalogue of 1000 voices, all top notch.
    I have to acknowledge that I am not much of an audiobook listener, and those that I have listened to have been non-fiction. Are you telling me that in the Game of Thrones books the reader does voices? Like he's reading a radio play or something?

    Is that common for novels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of LL View Post
    I have to acknowledge that I am not much of an audiobook listener, and those that I have listened to have been non-fiction. Are you telling me that in the Game of Thrones books the reader does voices? Like he's reading a radio play or something?

    Is that common for novels?
    Dotrice uses different voices for almost every character, which is mind-blowing, considering there are 500+ characters in the series. The actual reading of the series is nearly as impressive as the writing of the series. I'm about 1/3 of the way through the second book and while it can be a little difficult keeping everything straight just listening, it really is enjoyable. I have the books to go back and re-read in case I missed anything.

    Cannot recommend the audiobook series highly enough.

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    I just drove to Lubbock and back and listened to the Odyssey. Holy crap how repetitive that became on the way back with the "Royal visage of Odysseus" and the offerings to the gods, and heedful Penelope. The story is still fantastic and the end is great but it drags on.

    I may just have to get GOT on audio given that recommendation even though I've read the first couple of books already.

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    bump. i need audio books for flights when too lazy to read and for working out.

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    What kind of stuff do you like?

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    The Kid Stays in the Picture is a great audio book about the life of Robert Evans and how he brought Paramount Pictures from near collapse and created classics such as the The Godfather and Chinatown. Evans reads his own prose and it is his charisma and charm that make it extremely entertaining. Anyone who enjoys Hollywood history will enjoy listening to it.

    Side note - The movie about the book basically just uses the audio book and adds pictures & videos from the corresponding time periods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carrera View Post
    bump. i need audio books for flights when too lazy to read and for working out.
    I have listened to some of the books by Jo Nesbo when working out- they're good for that. They're making a movie adaptation of The Snowman soon, with Martin Scorsese directing. As a bonus, the main character in the series is named Harry Hole. Perfect for Shaggy.

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    Listened to Outliers on a trip to NOLA this weekend. VERY interesting and entertaining. Pos. Rep for the suggestion.

    Also listened to 127 hours as well. Read in the authors voice and was definitely worth reading/listening too.

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    Outliers is a great audiobook. I downloaded Stalin and am listening to it. I usually like to listen to audiobooks that are outside of my direct interest because I see it as a minimal investment if it sucks.

    Edit:my audiobook is anything not business / economics/ or history because that is my normal read
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    Quote Originally Posted by schnarkle View Post
    Game of Thrones with Roy Dotrice narrating. The man is amazing. He must have a catalogue of 1000 voices, all top notch.
    i have all of these and he is amazing.

    i would also recommend "Fatherland" a murder mystery set in nazi germany except that germany had won WWII in this piece of fiction...

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    anything in the Spencer series by robert b parker. all read by the same person and really good light reads.

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