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Amazon Audible?

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red805
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Location: Southern California

Amazon Audible?

Postby red805 » Thu January 16th, 2014, 1:32 am

Does anyone here have experience with or a recommendation for Audible in terms of the amount of historical fiction available? I have sort of gone through the local library selection of historical fiction audio books & the affordable ones I want from Amazon. I've just learned that I can download items from the library onto my IPhone also, so I have to check that out. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

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mercy
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Location: Livermore, Ca
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Love it!

Postby mercy » Thu January 16th, 2014, 6:50 am

I have been an Audible user for the last 6 or 7 years, I love it. they have tons of HF available and it lets me "read" while taking care of otherwise boring tasks like laundry or long drives. Or hand sewing. I highly recommend it.

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Mythica
Bibliophile
Preferred HF: European and American (mostly pre-20th century)
Location: Colorado
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Postby Mythica » Thu January 16th, 2014, 3:06 pm

Audible seems to have a number of HF books I'm interested in. If you have Kindle books, you can get the Audible version for a discount and the two will sync together. Amazon will even find which Kindle books of those you own have Audible versions: https://www.amazon.com/gp/audible/matchmaker?ie=UTF8&ref_=wfv_aa_mm_link& - mine displays many of HF books I've bought. So far, I've only bought Audible books when they are below $4 with the Kindle discount - I don't love audiobooks enough to justify spending more than that.

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wendy
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Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
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Postby wendy » Fri January 17th, 2014, 1:42 pm

Like Mercy, I've been a member of Audible for several years. I am very happy with the service, quality, and the time it frees up. I use it a lot when gardening, and would recommend buying the Marware drum speaker that plugs in to your Kindle and amplifies the sound. It recharges from your computer so works out quite economical. Enjoy -
Wendy K. Perriman
Fire on Dark Water (Penguin, 2011)
http://www.wendyperriman.com
http://www.FireOnDarkWater.com

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red805
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Location: Southern California

Postby red805 » Fri January 17th, 2014, 11:05 pm

Thank you! I currently have an older Kindle which I don't believe has the sound function. I have been thinking of upgrading to a Fire. Is that the Kindle that works best with Audible.com? Or, I could - I've been told - go through ITunes & play things on my new IPhone. Good to hear the HF selection is not skimpy too. I appreciate the info.

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
Bibliomaniac
Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat January 18th, 2014, 1:45 am

Actually, the older kindles are the ones that work best with the sound function. For some reason, they left the speakers off the paperwhite, and so I have to keep a spare keyboard-style kindle (or a kindle touch, I have one of those, too) in my car so that I can continue with my book while driving.

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wendy
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Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
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Postby wendy » Sat January 18th, 2014, 1:27 pm

I have a Kindle Fire. It comes with a built-in speaker but the amplifier helps over a greater range. It's also quite good with head phones and ear buds.
Wendy K. Perriman

Fire on Dark Water (Penguin, 2011)

http://www.wendyperriman.com

http://www.FireOnDarkWater.com

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Mythica
Bibliophile
Preferred HF: European and American (mostly pre-20th century)
Location: Colorado
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Postby Mythica » Sun January 19th, 2014, 2:40 am

"red805" wrote:Thank you! I currently have an older Kindle which I don't believe has the sound function. I have been thinking of upgrading to a Fire. Is that the Kindle that works best with Audible.com? Or, I could - I've been told - go through ITunes & play things on my new IPhone. Good to hear the HF selection is not skimpy too. I appreciate the info.


You can use the Audible app on any smartphone/tablet, it doesn't need to be a Kindle. I use Audible books on my iPhone and iPad.

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Amanda
Compulsive Reader
Location: Sydney, Australia

Postby Amanda » Sun January 19th, 2014, 3:02 am

I really loved Jane Austen's Persuasion, read by Greta Scatchi. I used to listen to it when I was working weekends on my own.

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wendy
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Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
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Postby wendy » Sun January 19th, 2014, 1:31 pm

"Amanda" wrote:I really loved Jane Austen's Persuasion, read by Greta Scatchi. I used to listen to it when I was working weekends on my own.


My favorite is Gillian Flynn's GONE GIRL. Not HF but an excellent, dark, sophisticated tale about a marriage-gone-wrong. I loved this on Audible because it is narrated in two voices - a male and female speaker - that beautifully matches the two central characters of the novel. Well worth a read / listen.
Wendy K. Perriman

Fire on Dark Water (Penguin, 2011)

http://www.wendyperriman.com

http://www.FireOnDarkWater.com


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