Audiobook recommendations please

#1
Greetings All,


I spend a couple of hours travelling every day & like to listen to audiobooks rather than the radio or music.

I've been through (& enjoyed) :-

All of the Robert Ludlum Jason Bourne series.
All of the Harry Potter series (Stephen fry is fantastic).
All of the Dan Brown Novels (Angels & Demons is great - so much better than The DaVinci Code).

So - Any recommendations? I'd prefer unabridged if available & I like the idea of a series read by the same guy.



TTFN

BFG
 
#2
Fry reading Rowling is indeed good stuff - is the man capable of doing anythnig substandard?

Do they have to be stories, or are you open to the idea of listening to stand up comedy and non-fiction too?

In the former category, Jimmy Carr, Eddie Izzard and Billy Connoly are great listens and I have more Just a Minute tapes in my glovw compartment than anything else. In the latter, any of Bill Bryson's books will be money well spent.
 
#4
Download the entire Economist magazine as MP3, takes ages but useful on a long drive. I decided to try a bit Marx' Communist Manifesto - what an absolute dirge. I have a few of the Pratchett books on MP3 as well as Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy which is pretty good.
 
#6
I can reccomend the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett and the Gunslinger series by Stephen King.
 

Mr Happy

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#7
mcvicar said:
I can reccomend the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett and the Gunslinger series by Stephen King.
My experience is that discworld is all abridged, read by tony robinson and crap (the version, not the books). No?
 
#8
Thanks for all the comments.

I'm currently downloading the complete Discworld (unabridged !!).

I've Just downloaded the "His Dark Materials" trilogy.

I've also got a copy of John Grisham's "The Appeal".


Should keep me busy for a while......


TTFN

BFG
 
#11
Mr Happy said:
Do come back re the Discworld stuff.. I would like to know if I am missing out (so that I can take action).

Here you go :-
http://www.mininova.org/tor/1103349

It's an 11.5 GB D/L - so not for the bandwidthly challenged.

Books 1-23, except for books 3 and 9, are read by Nigel Planer.
Book 3 is read by Celia Imrie.
Book 9 and most of the books from 24 onward are read by Stephen Briggs.

Obviously I'm only downloading them as it's easier than converting my own perfectly legal bought copies to mp3 format......



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BFG
 

Mr Happy

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#12
Obviously, what I meant, rather than where to get quality back ups though...

is what is the quality like. And I don't mean audio-quality. I mean proper quality. I ask because IMO Baldrick facking murdered the books with his abridged versions... Maybe it is just me but when that guy is digging up a field somewhere looking for a Saxon burial plot my eyelids get heavy..
 

old_fat_and_hairy

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#13
The Sharpe novels are available on audio, as are the Hornblower stories. But I favour comedy, and have -like Artemis - the Just a minute series, and also 'I'm sorry, I haven't a clue' as well as avy Lark, Hancock and various others.
Great for both long and medium journeys.
 
#14
The quality of the Pratchett books is fine, I have listened to about 6 of them now and Nigel Planer reads them very well. I have not listened to the Tony Robinson versions so cannot compare them, but have found these to be perfectly good.
 
#15
Might I recommend www.audible.com reasonably priced and a fantastic amount of choice. I've just finished Jenkins seminal work on Churchill, all 59 hours of it. 8O
 
#17
Mr Happy said:
i own that book, is the audio version abridged?
They normally do both but mine is unabridged.

Edited to add, if you want it PM me and I'll give you my login and you can download it.
 
#18
The concept of audiobooks is one I've never previously embraced, and I can imagine the narrator is a large contributer to the overall quality of the title. Have either John Cleese or Martin Clunes ever voiced one?
 
#19
skintboymike said:
The concept of audiobooks is one I've never previously embraced, and I can imagine the narrator is a large contributer to the overall quality of the title. Have either John Cleese or Martin Clunes ever voiced one?
Go over to mininova.org and search books/audio books and take a look for yourself.

I do a lot of driving out to site some months and have them playing on my Tom Tom as well as on my iphone. It really is a good way of making more interesting use of otherwise 'dead' time.
 
#20
Check your PMs Mr Happy.
 
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