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Yesitsme
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08-24-2004

Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 8:16 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Yesitsme a private message Print Post    
Listening to Rob Lowe's book "Stories I only tell my friends." Really am enjoying it. He is a good story teller. Had just finished Tina Fey's book "Bossypants" and liked it, thought it was brilliantly funny at times, but also found it a bit disjointed and without focus overall. Also thought she was a bit underwhelming reading the audiobook. But Rob Lowe threads things together well and his voice is so smooth. Feel like he is in the room talking to me. The man has had an interesting life!

Teachmichigan
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07-22-2001

Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 8:36 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Teachmichigan a private message Print Post    
I'm listening to Menonite in a Little Black Dress -love it!


ETA: Hangover from the Tony Awards...I first typed and posted "Mormon in a Little Black Dress"! LOL

Calamity
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10-18-2001

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 9:48 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Calamity a private message Print Post    
Last audio book I listened to was Calvin Trillin's About Alice. It was only one disc but stays with you.

Calamity
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10-18-2001

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 12:18 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Calamity a private message Print Post    
I got talked into listening to another Stephen King story, "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut". Was again promised it wasn't horror but I've learned that what may or may not be considered horror is all relative when it comes to SK. That baseball novella I read may not have been categorized as horror but it did have...well, never mind. But it was horrifying to me.

Anyway, it turns out "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" was a bit eerie - in the best possible way - however not what I'd call horror (and I'm a wuss). I really liked it except for the part about what Homer found on the car. That was awful. I was reminded of A Wrinkle in Time's explanation of a tesseract even before the first Mrs. Todd said anything about folding the map. Oh and I had to take a detour while listening to this. And it was starting to get dark with no one else on road. Nothing like a little atmosphere to help get you into a story. So I was glad Kiwi was with me! The CD set had three other short stories on it but there was no way I was going to listen to any of them based on their synopses.

After that I listened to the Lost Hero (good if basic, could've used some editing; of the three new main characters, Leo was great while Jason & Piper were not) and am now listening to Einstein: His Life and Universe (I'm not confused yet but figure I will be sooner or later depending on how technical it gets).

Teachmichigan
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07-22-2001

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 3:18 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Teachmichigan a private message Print Post    
I just finished listening to The Confession (John Grisham) yesterday - I loved it! It took the first couple chapters to get used to the narrator's voice (kind of like listening to the Wicked trilogy in that it took me a bit of time to stop focusing on the narrator's voice), but it was a fantastic story. Now I'm on to listen to The Kitchen House.

Yesitsme
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08-24-2004

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 - 12:34 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Yesitsme a private message Print Post    
My fellow audio-bookers (and everyone else)! There is a contest going on for audiobooks and one of my fave books of the year is in the running. If you don't have another favorite, vote for Taylor Stevens' book The Informationist. This was her first novel and it is a good one. Met her this year and she was a sweetheart. She said she doesn't expect to win, but would love to say she lost to Steven King or Michael Connelly! (Plus just looking at the bracket is good for finding new possibilities to listen to!)


https://www.audible.com/tournament

Yesitsme
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08-24-2004

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 8:58 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Yesitsme a private message Print Post    
So I know a lot of you are Stephen King fans. Me too! But Taylor Stevens is now against him in the battle of the audiobooks. This was her first book, and winning this will mean so much more to her career than it will his. So please give the lady a vote!
https://www.audible.com/tournament

Teachmichigan
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07-22-2001

Sunday, February 09, 2014 - 8:57 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Teachmichigan a private message Print Post    
I am just here to whine......I love my audiobooks. I listen every morning as I get ready and at least 3 hours in my car as I travel every week. I use my Iphone for all my listening, and today I sent it through the washing machine. WAAAHHHHHH....

It's resting in a bag of rice, but I have very little hope of it working again. I'm not due for an upgrade until July, so I'll be using my old Blackberry Torch. However - Audible has NO APP for Blackberry! WTH??? I'm going to have to go digging for my Ipod.....WAAHHHHHHH!!!

Seamonkey
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09-07-2000

Sunday, February 09, 2014 - 10:32 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Seamonkey a private message Print Post    
What about your kindle? (if you have one)

Sorry about the iphone :-(

Jimmer
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08-30-2000

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 7:55 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Jimmer a private message Print Post    
That's unfortunate. The good news is I think that Apple will replace it with the same model at a reasonable price (much much less than the original full price). You may want to check into that.

Teachmichigan
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07-22-2001

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 6:21 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Teachmichigan a private message Print Post    
I downloaded the book I'm listening to now on my Kindle, but I've discovered that 1) it's much quieter when connected via cord to my alarm clock, and 2) - and MOST annoying - is that I have no way to speed up the reading. On the Audible App, I listen to most books at 1.25 of 1.5 speed without any loss of emotion, expression, etc. Listening to it at normal speed this morning seemed soooooo sloooooow! LOL One of my goals tonight is to get that book on my Ipod!

Jimmer, I don't know if they will since I didn't have insurance AND I got my phone at Sam's Club. Even discounted, most are over $200, and I just can't see spending that when I have a Torch and it's only about 5 months of inconvenience.

Jimmer
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08-30-2000

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 6:30 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Jimmer a private message Print Post    
With Apple I don't think it matters where you bought it. They support their products regardless. The reason I mentioned it is they replaced my youngest DD's 3Gs (which I had given her and was long past any warranty or insurance) for about $100 when the battery failed on it. Their products are expensive but they do support them very well. That phone is still working great for her! I think it's worth checking out. But then again if the Torch will do and it's only a few months then maybe you should just wait.

Teachmichigan
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07-22-2001

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 8:01 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Teachmichigan a private message Print Post    
I'm heading into town where there's an Apple store on Saturday, Jimmer, so I'll definitely swing by. It NEVER hurts to check these things out. Thanks! :-)

Seamonkey
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09-07-2000

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 1:58 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Seamonkey a private message Print Post    
Well I don't know about audible on the kindles, but mine has the capability to speed up the reading.. that currently is the HDX fire, but I know it the past I had speeded things up on other kindles.

But if the volume isn't enough then your ipos might well be your best bet, but I hope you have success at the
Apple Store and get back the device you really want to use.

Too bad there isn't a washday mayday app where your phone could belt out a distress signal from the washer.. before the water goes on.

Or a sensor on the washer when any device enters the danger zone.

Teachmichigan
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07-22-2001

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 7:52 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Teachmichigan a private message Print Post    
Sea, I have a Kindle 3 w/keyboard, so it's just downloaded not run through the Audible app. I put it on my Ipod (nano) last night, and while it's not as smooth when speeded up like it is on the Audible app, it IS better than listening at "normal" speed. :-)

DH's Iphone guru at work said it is really and truly dead (they have a color coding you can see through the earphone jack). Guess I'll be re-learning Torch talk unless Apple has a remarkable deal.

Jimmer
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08-30-2000

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 9:44 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Jimmer a private message Print Post    
The color coding is just a way for Apple to tell if a device has been exposed to water when they are considering warranty issues. It could be a splash of water or complete submersion. But in your situation that isn't a factor as it is out of warranty anyway.

I agree that exposure to water is usually the end for most electronics. Even if you do manage to get them going again they often experience glitches.

Jimmer
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08-30-2000

Saturday, October 06, 2018 - 11:35 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Jimmer a private message Print Post    
What service and/or apps do you use to listen to audiobooks? Can you listen to more than one and have it keep your place in each book even when you exit the app?

Teachmichigan
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07-22-2001

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 6:42 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Teachmichigan a private message Print Post    
I have used Audible for years and also use Overdrive when I get library books. Audible has fantastic deals (I got 12 books for $99 this year AND a free Echo, and last year I got 3 books/credits for $2 each as an incentive to return). I can listen to as many books as I want, and yes, my place is kept when I exit the app.

It uses a subscription service, BUT you always have access to the books you've bought, whether you're subscribing at the time or not. Usually, we do NOT have a "membership" going until we find 2-4 books we want. Then, I'll get a 2 for $22 subscription for a couple months, get the books we want, then cancel the subscription. Just don't cancel if you have credits as you'll lose them.

We have over 250 books in our Audible library and share them between 3 family members. The only wee trick is that if two people are reading the same book and are on the same part (we use multi-part downloads to save space on the phone), you have to click "cancel" when you start up listening after exiting because the app will ask if you want to sync. Then it syncs with whomever was listening last. If you choose "cancel," it picks up where you left off.

Jimmer
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08-30-2000

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 1:13 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Jimmer a private message Print Post    
Thanks for the great explanation. I’ll have to look into it and see if it’s the same in Canada. So you have a subscription and you buy the books?

One of my pet peeves is how incredibly expensive audio books are on places like iTunes. It’s insane.

Overdrive sounds like a good option as well. I already use it to borrow lots of books from our libraries but I keep forgetting about audiobooks on it.

Maris
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03-27-2002

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 3:32 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Maris a private message Print Post    
I subscribe to audible through amazon. I pick a book a month and it is worth it. I have a backlog of books to listen to at the moment. I started the subscription when I was driving four hours a day to work and it made the ride go better. Some of my favorite listens so far have been the Gloria Vanderbilt/Anderson Cooper book, read by both of them. Also John Meacham's Soul of America is a wonderful listen.

Teachmichigan
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07-22-2001

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 7:54 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Teachmichigan a private message Print Post    
Yes, with the subscription you get a 'credit' and each credit buys a book. I'm not sure if the super cheap option is still there. They used to have a $10 per year option where you then got 30% of the list price for any book rather than credits. However, I think that option went away when Amazon bought them.

IMHO, it's a great deal to get audiobooks for $11 and then they have daily specials and often offer buy 1 get 1 or buy 2 get 1 deals as well.

We are still careful what books we buy. If it's a new author, I'm more likely to get in Overdrive because I want to make sure that 1) all three of us will like it, and 2) I'll be willing to listen to it again in the future.

Seamonkey
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09-07-2000

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 11:38 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Seamonkey a private message Print Post    
Maris, try Anderson Cooper's earlier book, read by him. You Will love it too.

Maris
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03-27-2002

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:01 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Maris a private message Print Post    
Will do sea. I have so many books in my library, waiting. I have a couple of credits I havent spent yet. Going to buy Michele Obama's book.

Kappy
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06-28-2002

Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:48 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Kappy a private message Print Post    
I love my local library! After seeing a book mentioned online, Daisy Jones & the Six, a novel, I immediately went online to see if I could borrow it. The library didn't have it but they have a feature where you can recommend books for them to purchase. Today I received an email that they have purchased the audio version and I am now on the waiting list.

Thank you to everyone who recommends good books here, printed, audio or otherwise!

Chewpito
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01-03-2004

Friday, March 01, 2019 - 8:15 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Chewpito a private message Print Post    
Oh Kappy' I love audio books' and I love' the Library...I think I go there 5 times a week. anything that is on audio book I borrow...

I will check out that title. Thanks

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