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yaffle
Sep 15, 2002

Flapdoodle

XBenedict posted:

Ok but did you get into these because of Good Omens?

I just read them all when I was a kid, they are very good.

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Enfys
Feb 17, 2013

Obscene


Lordshmee posted:

I just finished Other Minds by
Peter Godfrey-Smith. Itís a self-described philosophy book but goes into quite a bit about the evolution and behavior of cephalopods with emphasis on their minds. I liked it and the narration was good.

I really enjoyed listening to this as well

luscious
Mar 8, 2005

Who can find a virtuous woman,
For her price is far above rubies.


Enfys posted:

I really enjoyed listening to this as well

Thanks! I just grabbed this! I havenít been listening all year.

Ups_rail
Dec 8, 2006


Does anyone know what up with audible?

I was a fan of Ian M Banks and his culture novels and about 3 years ago I found another UK author whose writting remindes me of the culture books

https://www.audible.com/author/Neal...KRW8AB2MW934RF2

He s book arent avaible in the us anymore

I then went on to discover other good sci fi books like stuff by jermey robbins

Then I found pulpy stuff like BV Larsons books (how he pumps those out is beyond me)

But lately I am seeing basically erotica in the sci fi field and its like I went from sci/fi to pulp sci fi to loving fan fiction. have I just taught audible algorithm to give me trash or is their like a dispute with publishers?

The last book series I fought to find and enjoy was tales from the gas station.

Mister Facetious
Apr 21, 2007


You're Goddamned right I support Medicare for all.







Their recommendation algorithm is pretty poo poo, because it gives priority to what you recently looked at instead of what you've bought; if you've ever clicked on something out of morbid curiosity, it thinks you did it out of genuine interest.

As for that author you linked, it gave me the option to purchase his books, and I use the .com website for my account still.

Mister Facetious fucked around with this message at 11:52 on Dec 25, 2020

mystes
May 31, 2006



It might have gotten worse as a side effect of audible trying to push their "audible original" content, but the audible website has always been useless for discovering new content anyway.

poisonpill
Nov 8, 2009

The only way to get huge fast is to insult a passing witch and hope she curses you with Beast-strength.



2-for-1 sale again at Audible. If you haven't read The Illiad recently or at all, you really owe it to yourself to try this:
https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Iliad-Audiobook/B00HUWO1T2
It's Dan Simmons reading a good translation and he brings it to life. I can't shill it enough.

Roundabout
Oct 31, 2006
It's Crumbelievable!

I stopped using audible because I am trying to minimize my reliance on amazon as much as possible. Right now I am trying libro.fm, which gives 15% of its revenue to bookstores. I set my account up so it goes to my local bookstore (The Last Bookstore in LA). 15% isn't much, but at least they are getting something out of it. Also, if you use the code "switch", you start out with two audiobook credits.

Anyways, so far it seems to be going okay. I have been listening to The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath, which is a pretty great memoir/study about addiction. Bonus points for the author being the reader and a good one at that.

Syrinxx
Mar 28, 2002

Death is whimsical today



poisonpill posted:

2-for-1 sale again at Audible. If you haven't read The Illiad recently or at all, you really owe it to yourself to try this:
https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Iliad-Audiobook/B00HUWO1T2
It's Dan Simmons reading a good translation and he brings it to life. I can't shill it enough.

What's the link to the 2 for 1? They aren't advertising it anywhere on the site that I saw.

KingShiro
Jan 10, 2008

EH?!?!?!


Got a 2 credit trial so I picked up The Corner (David Simon) and Mythos (Stephen Fry).

Listening through Fellowship of the Ring now, itís alright... all these songs are wack

Enfys
Feb 17, 2013

Obscene


If you listen to the trilogy, you're going to hear so many songs.

It's especially fun if you listen to them at a faster playback speed, so the narrator's attempts to carry a tune get even more garbled.

Lordshmee
Nov 23, 2007

Let's fuck



The Lord of the Rings is the only series of books Iíve ever encountered that I canít get through either reading or listening to. They are intensely boring. It makes me sad because all of my friends read them as kids and love them, I adored the movies... I want to like them but simply cannot.

I just got done listening through the entire Dark Tower series by Stephen King again. Thatís a 2 month endeavor at 2 hours a day, but recommended! Fair warning though the series took so long to finish that the original narrator (the excellent Frank Muller) was replaced at book 5 because he was royally hosed up in a motorcycle accident. The silver lining is that his replacement was George Guidall who is also excellent.

Right now I am about 2/3 of the way through The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. Really digging this one. The perspective shifts both characters and timeframes and you never know more than what the characters in each scene know at the time, so youíve got to put it all together.

Henrik Zetterberg
Dec 7, 2007




Dark Tower was so weird. Some of the books were really really good and others (I'm looking at you, The Gunslinger) were confusing garbage.

my kinda ape
Sep 15, 2008

Everything's gonna be A-OK


Oven Wrangler

Lordshmee posted:

Right now I am about 2/3 of the way through The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. Really digging this one. The perspective shifts both characters and timeframes and you never know more than what the characters in each scene know at the time, so youíve got to put it all together.

I think that was the very first audiobook I ever listened to. It's very good! The sequel is good too and worth checking out.

Mister Facetious
Apr 21, 2007


You're Goddamned right I support Medicare for all.







Lordshmee posted:

The Lord of the Rings is the only series of books Iíve ever encountered that I canít get through either reading or listening to. They are intensely boring. It makes me sad because all of my friends read them as kids and love them, I adored the movies... I want to like them but simply cannot.

The first lotr book is the only good one. The second two are just absolutely boring.

Enfys
Feb 17, 2013

Obscene


Lordshmee posted:

The Lord of the Rings is the only series of books Iíve ever encountered that I canít get through either reading or listening to. They are intensely boring. It makes me sad because all of my friends read them as kids and love them, I adored the movies... I want to like them but simply cannot.


I devoured them as a kid and have tried to re-read them a few times as an adult and always stall out at some point.

kaworu
Jul 23, 2004



Been trying to listen to ASoIaF in its entirety from start to finish recently, and I made it about... halfway through A Feast For Crows (book 4) before getting totally and utterly burnt out on these goddamn books, so I am having to uh... Take a break, at least for now.

I decided to choose a decently reviewed Stephen King book that I have never read and which wasn't too cripplingly long, and chose based primarily on which reader I most wanted to listen to.

I ended up with Duma Key mostly because it's read by John freaking Slattery, who is definitely near the top of the list of actors whom I'd enjoy listening to even reading the phone book. And he hasn't disappointed so far, though admittedly the story itself has yet to really grab me in the way most King books do, I mean, I'm not giving up on it or anything, but I was hoping for some sort of impossibly intriguing supernatural hook. 2 hours into the story and it's been a pretty straightforward character study so far - at least the protagonist is a painter (rather than, say, a writer) so I am thankful for such small things.

edit: I guess I spoke slightly too soon, because I'm now 4 hours in and an impossible-to-resist supernatural hook has definitely appeared, just as expected. Now I get to see King continue to set it up perfectly and then screw up the ending

kaworu fucked around with this message at 17:05 on Mar 1, 2021

Henrik Zetterberg
Dec 7, 2007




Try the wheel of time

NikkolasKing
Apr 3, 2010





I'm always pleasantly surprised when I find good secondary philosophical literature in audiobook form. It's one thing to find an audiobook of say, Descartes' Meditations, but to find a good collection of essays on Descartes in audio form?

https://www.audible.com/pd/A-Companion-to-Descartes-Audiobook/B00CBG1104

Or, say, to find Goethe's Faust in audio but also a whole philosophical biography of Goethe?
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HDSU0FQ/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

But the real shock for me just now was this:
Baumgarten and Kant on Metaphysics


I was actually depressed because it was like $70 via Kindle and I could not find it ...anywhere else in text format. But then my Google search turns up it on Audible and I'm like "this is awesome."

Bought that poo poo in a hurry. I always buy stuff like this to show there is at least some interest and hopefully encourage more audiobooks made of these kinds of secondary sources which are potentially more crucial than the main works.

CrazySalamander
Nov 5, 2009


NikkolasKing posted:

I'm always pleasantly surprised when I find good secondary philosophical literature in audiobook form. It's one thing to find an audiobook of say, Descartes' Meditations, but to find a good collection of essays on Descartes in audio form?

https://www.audible.com/pd/A-Companion-to-Descartes-Audiobook/B00CBG1104

The reviews on that one are great, lol.

quote:

Probably the worst book on audible
This book wasnít for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
John Carriero's essay on Descartes was turbid and obtuse. I cannot believe that someone with a bachelor's degree would produce such numbing spew.

What could John Carriero and Janet Broughton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
There is nothing positive about this. I bought it on the basis of the amazon reviews, which, I now realize, were lies.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?
Not narrated it.

You didnít love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
It did not.

Any additional comments?
Oxford University Press has disgraced, which it has been doing with increasing frequency.

quote:

execrable
What disappointed you about A Companion to Descartes?
It was very boring. Not illuminating. Gratuitous and myopic scholarship.

Has A Companion to Descartes turned you off from other books in this genre?
Not really, but John Carriero's contributions to this volume were singularly poor, and did make question the legitimacy of this ever-growing--but steadily deteriorating---secondary literature.

Have you listened to any of Annie Wautersís other performances before? How does this one compare?
She is an excellent narrator. I don't wasted

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Companion to Descartes?
Everything that John Carriero wrote. He is sooo boring.

Any additional comments?
Why was this written?

Please report back and tell us if these are valid.

E: That metaphysics book seems to be on kindle for $16 right now if you want text.

CrazySalamander fucked around with this message at 05:31 on May 4, 2021

NikkolasKing
Apr 3, 2010





CrazySalamander posted:

The reviews on that one are great, lol.



Please report back and tell us if these are valid.

E: That metaphysics book seems to be on kindle for $16 right now if you want text.

Yeah I'm obviously gonna try to form my own opinion but those reviews did make me uncertain about purchasing it. I was like "great, they give us a collection of Descartes essays and they suck."

But that "Companion" is referenced on multiple entries for Descartes on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy which is a very respected scholarly resource that actual academics use a lot. And the guy the reviews called out, John Carriero, has written a pretty respected book on Descartes' Meditations So I'm leaning more in trusting them than random Audible reviews.


Also on Kindle the Metaphysics book still says it's $68.40 for me. But it's fine, I prefer audiobooks. I have terrible eyesight and using TTS speech is my only choice most of the time. Having an actual reader is really nice.

And I almost forgot, let me rep another book:
Why We Are Restless: On the Modern Quest for Contentment. It's a short analysis of Montaigne, Pascal, Rousseau and Tocqueville. It touches on a topic very near and dear to my heart: French Philosophy and also the peculiarly modern condition in which we all live.

NikkolasKing fucked around with this message at 12:29 on May 4, 2021

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Jack B Nimble
Dec 25, 2007




Soiled Meat

Thank you! I would never have thought essays like this even existed on Audible aside from, say, The Great Courses. I'm buying the Descartes one with my next credit.

Edit: ok so now I read the reviews. Still interested.

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