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Old 14-06-2010, 12:06   #1
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Audio Books - Any recommendations?

Hello all,

I have subscribed to Audible.co.uk (In fact did a few months ago!), and could do with some idea what is good out there in the world of audio books.

I like contemporary fiction, but sway away from crime/thrillers.
Sci Fi would be ok too.
Would prefer a british voice rather than American if possible (let the backlash commence!)

I hope some of you are into your Audio books - I hear that Stephen Fry's weightloss is due to walking while listening to Audio books - heres hoping it works!!

Cheers,

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Old 14-06-2010, 12:08   #2
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World War Z

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I found Anansi boys (neil Gaimen) done by lenny henry was actually really good, even though I was dubious about lenny henry doing it.
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I found Anansi boys (neil Gaimen) done by lenny henry was actually really good, even though I was dubious about lenny henry doing it.
Like Neil Gaimen, but not sure about Lenny's over the top voice! May give it a try. Think I have 3 books I can have at the moment.
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Just finished Daemon by Daniel Suarez, which was pretty good in a geeky techy kinda way.
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I'm listening to Skullduggery Pleasant at the moment, Kids book, read by an Irishman, but very good.

Steven Fry is somewhere in my Audible list to download at some point
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Like Neil Gaimen, but not sure about Lenny's over the top voice! May give it a try. Think I have 3 books I can have at the moment.
...I was hesitant myself, but actually really enjoyed it as he's pretty good at doing different voices.
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Where do you all get your audio books - audible, or by other means.....
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Audible. It's by far the best place for them. I've got a platinum account cos I spend a lot of time commuting.
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Shantaram by Gregory Davis Roberts is my Fave audiobook at the moment!
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Shantaram by Gregory Davis Roberts is my Fave audiobook at the moment!
Has good reviews on paper - like the sound of it. Thanks for that. Will get this and World War Z later.
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Just finished Daemon by Daniel Suarez, which was pretty good in a geeky techy kinda way.
I'd recommend the sequel, Freedom™
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Just finished Daemon by Daniel Suarez, which was pretty good in a geeky techy kinda way.
Gets very mixed reviews - I like a bit of techno ******** myself. May give it a go. Sounds like Dan Brown for the IT literate!!!

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Old 14-06-2010, 20:08   #14
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For SF try

David Weber's Honor Harrington series - excellent military SF

Z.A Recht's Morningstar novels - Zombies, disaster and treason.

If you like Dr Who, you could always try Big Finish and their on-going tales of the 5th,6th,7th and 8th Doctors though they also do Sapphire & Steel, Sherlock Homes, Stargate and assorted other SF drama's.
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Yep Big Finish do some great stories and James has done some great articles on them over at cult on digital fix, the best Who one is Chimes of Midnight, its no contest everyone seems to agree it.

I much prefer full cast audios when you can get them, another good one is His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman with full cast. Theres an old thread here somewhere about audiobooks, you oculd try doing a search cos I do remember recommending that audio before.
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Vintage Stuff by Tom Sharpe and read by Stephen Fry

But DO NOT listen to it on public transport!

I did and strained a muscle in my side trying not to laugh
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I prefer a full cast dramatisation also.

Definitely try the Dr Who Big Finish range, Chimes of Midnight and Spare Parts are the very best ones IMO. Also the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the BBC Jeeves (Richard Briers and Michael Hordern) audio dramatisations are superb. The Lord of the Rings BBC series weighs in at 13 cds but is excellenr too
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I really enjoyed the first of Stephen King's Dark Tower series - thought the voice of the reader was very atmpsoheric. Started the second one, but there's a much poorer reader for this one.
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I really enjoyed the first of Stephen King's Dark Tower series - thought the voice of the reader was very atmpsoheric. Started the second one, but there's a much poorer reader for this one.
I find that with books of a series. I've been listening to Steve Berry's Cotton Malone series, the first was really good, the second was read by someone else, and nothing seemed right. A bit like replacing Jodie Foster in the Hannibal films, you know the character but it isn't the same
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