Where do you get good free audiobooks from, legally?
My current list includes: LibriVoxPodiobooks
my local library, which has a good selection
... where else do you
I also have a bunch of places where I get audio of short stories, like Escape Pod
, are they on topic here?
- Prince Caspian (CS Lewis) (unabridged)
I'm re-reading (listening) to the Chronicles of Narnia series. The children get pulled back into Narnia at the end of their summer trip to the country - but time goes much slower here than in Narnia, and a very long time has passed in Narnia in the meantime.
- In the Frame (Dick Francis) (unabridged)
Dick Francis's books are all related to the horse racing world. In this one, the main character is a painter of race horses whose cousin comes home to find his home robbed and his wife murdered. The coincidence is that a customer who is looking for a portrait of her home's burnt remains had also been to Australia.
- Honus Wagner (Dennis & Jeanne Burke DeValeria) (unabridged)
This is a biography of one of the original inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and arguably, the best shortstop of all time. This was an outstanding read, but there was a lot of details of games that would quickly bore anyone not completely devoted to baseball. This was my spring training baseball fix, and I loved it.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 7: The Vile Village (unabridged)
The orphans are now adopted out to a village, because "It takes a village to raise a child" (and none of the other relatives are willing to help out, given the orphans recent track record). Unsurprisingly, things do not go entirely as well as might be hoped.
- X-Files: Fight the Future (the movie) (Chris Carter) (abridged)
I ran out of audiotapes while I was at I-Con, and picked up this and the next entry to get me back home again. I had seen the movie, but with really bad sound, so the book helped fill in a couple of the details, but still, this was not the most compelling story I have ever seen.
- Star Wars: A New Hope (George Lucas) (abridged)
Well worth the $2 I paid for it! Lots of sound effects, and the narrator wheeled out a good variety of voices - especially for Obi-Wan. I'm sure everyone knows the story...
- Season in Hell (Jack Higgins) (abridged)
Read by David McCallum. A somewhat interesting thriller set in recent Britain, hard to explain without giving too much away.
- Snow White and the Eleven Dwarfs (Edward D Hoch) and Of the Fog (Ed Gorman) (unabridged short stories)
A series of short stories, playing with old fairy tales and the like. Ok, no better.
- X-Files: Ruins (Kevin Anderson) (abridged)
Read by Mitch Pileggi. Pretty good story, better than the last X-Files novel I listened to. Recommended for X-Files fans
- The American Century: 1889 - 1929 (vol 1) (Harold Evans) (unabridged)
An American history written by a European. Interesting, with some different foci than in other histories I've read. A good refresher for some long-forgotten stuff too.
- Eragon (Christopher Paolini) (unabridged)
Highly recommended. A good boy and his dragon story, and worth the acclaim it is getting.
- Second Wind (Dick Francis) (unabridged)
This time, the focal character of this mystery, which starts with a race horse that gets mysteriously ill, is a weather man, who with is pilot/fellow weatherman buddy, goes flying into a hurricane (idiot!). A couple turns were fairly obvious, but not all of them (although wren13 would have easily gotten one that I missed). Definitely a good listen.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 5: The Austere Academy (Lemony Snicket) (unabridged)
Read by the author. A disappointment. I thought that neither the story nor the writing style lives up the the standard set up in the previous 4 books. I'll still try the sixth though.
- Murder at Five Finger Light (Sue Henry) (unabridged)
One of the Jessie Arnold / Alaska mysteries, this one doesn't involve dog sled racing. Five Finger Light is a lighthouse on the interior passage that Jesse is heading to help refurbish and upkeep with friends, and of course, complications follow. A good read.
- The Modigliani Scandal (Ken Follett) (abridged)
Read by Michael York. An art school grad student heads into continental Europe to chase a newly discovered missing painting by the master. Unfortunately, she's not the only one looking. Not bad, but not fantastic either.
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Book 1 (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) (4x 45 minute BBC radio broadcasts)
"The Red-Headed League", "A Scandal in Bohemia", "A Case of Identity", and "The Bascombe Valley Mystery". Scandal introduces "The Woman" (Irene Adler), and the Red-Headed League is a wonderful and classic scam uncovered. Wonderful fun.
- Christmas Party / Man Alive (Rex Stout) (CBC radio broadcasts)
CBC adaptations of the Nero Wolfe short stories. Well executed, although the voice of Wolfe sounds odd compared to what I am used to and expect.
- Death in Paradise (Robert B. Parker) (unabridged)
Read by Robert Forster, one of my favorites. One of the Paradise/ Jesse Stone mysteries. A teenage woman's body turns up on the shore of the town pond, and our protagonist needs to find out who she is to find out who shot her and why. As always, good dialogue.
- Virtual Light (William Gibson) (abridged)
Read by Peter Weller (Robocop), who clearly had fun with it. Typical Gibson, with people trying to live their lives as technology changes the world.
- The Weeping Werewolf (Bruce Coville) (unabridged)
A full cast production. This is a kids book, book 2 in the Moongobble series, but having read a couple of his other books and having met him at a Boskone a couple of years ago, I picked it up. Not quite as good as book one (Dragon of Doom), but it might be better for kids. Moongobble is attempting his second Mighty Task to gain him entrance to the Society of Magicians. Here, he is sent to bring back a bottle of tears from the (gasp) Weeping Werewolf.
- R.U.R. (Karel Copek) (adapted as a radio play)
The classic story where Copek coins the word "robot", this is an important read for any S.F. fan's cultural context.
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- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (J.K. Rowling) (unabridged)
First, I love the way Jim Dale reads the Harry Potter books. I know all of you were discussing this book months ago, so I'll just say that, while Harry is a bit of a prat, I am very interested in seeing where Rowling takes the next (and final) book. Highly recommended.
- Out of the Silent Planet (CS Lewis) (unabridged)
One of the classics I read as a kid, and remembered pretty much nothing of. Its an interesting, but not particularly compelling read.
- The Long Ball: The Summer of '75 -- Spaceman, Catfish, Charlie Hustle, and the Greatest World Series Ever Played (Tom Adelman) (unabridged)
Ok, if you are interested in the Red Sox or baseball history in general, this is a very highly recommended book. Lots of interesting side stories, background, texture, and the playoffs in a great deal of detail. For me, this was an outstanding read.
- Spring Fever (Dick Francis) (unabridged short stories)
Three short stories, all based in the UK horse racing community. I didn't find these as interesting as his novels, but that is generally true for me and short stories, so I leave the decision to you.
- So You Want To Be a Wizard (Diane Duane) (unabridged)
Oddly, this story (which I'd never read before) seemed more familiar than Out of the Silent Planet (which I had). I won't get into the plot, which is aimed at YA, I think. It was pretty good, but not as good as the Tamora Pierce stuff.
- Talking God (Tony Hillerman) (abridged)
Another reread, narrated by the author. As Leaphorn describes at the end, (to paraphrase) "Mr. Chee and I are like wolves who have followed two different tracks to the same bush. One of us thinks that there is a chipmunk hiding in there, and the other thinks there is a bobcat." Both trails start in the New Mexico reservation, and end up in Washington DC. Not one of Hillerman's best, but still recommended.
- VEIL: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-1987 (Bob Woodward) (abridged)
Written with a great deal of cooperation with William Casey, former CIA chief, this book is hardly the complimentary bio that Casey would have wished. Definitely critical of his work, while favorable of the man as a person, Woodward paints a very bleak picture of the mistakes of ego and information that lead to a number of decisions that look at best embarrassing, and at worst criminal in the light of day. A very interesting listen.
- Bullet for a Star (Stuart Kaminsky) (unabridged)
Another of the Toby Peters books, based in WWII-era LA, this one guest stars Errol Flynn as a victim of blackmail. Toby tries to ease him out of the problem, but of course, such things can't go smoothly. As always, I love this series.
- The Devil Met a Lady (Stuart Kaminsky) ) (unabridged)
Another entry of the series, this time, Toby is rescuing Bette Davis.
- The Destroyer: Bamboo Dragon (Murphy and Sapir) (abridged)
Heavy satire disguised as men's adventure. A guilty pleasure.
- James Madison (The American Presidents) (Gary Willis) (unabridged)
A very interesting book, covering Madison's youth briefly, moving through his time on the Constitutional Convention, Congress, and into his presidency. Much of the book covered the War of 1812, which was of course, an important part of his presidency. I learned a lot, since I didn't even realized we had invaded Canada (as a response to our ships being stopped by the British fleet, so that they could search for and reclaim their escaped impressed sailors, which we hired by the plenty).
While he was a good back-room negotiator, it painted a very unflattering picture of the man in other ways, too numerous to enumerate here. Recommended.
- High Stakes (Dick Francis) (unabridged)
An early Francis mystery, the main character this time is a race horse owner (and toy designer) who discovers that he is being bilked by his trainer. He fires him, but is perceived to be the bad guy himself as things go down hill. I very much liked the story, perhaps my favorite of what I've read so far. Highly recommended.
- Me: by Jimmy (Big Boy) Valente (as told to Garrison Keillor) (abridged)
An unlikely story of a orphan boy who works out, takes steroids, escapes his life by joining the military (the elite "Walrus" team) in Vietnam, comes back to a life in Pro Wrestling, and eventually runs for and is elected Governor of Minnesota. Any similarity to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. The sarcasm is not. (mostly read by Keillor)
- The Art of War (Sun Tzu, adapted and introduced by Stefan Rudnicki)
A classic, and since I can't compare editions, I really have nothing to add to the subject. Worth reading in one form or another.
- The Best Fantasy Stories of the Year (1988) (ed. Orson Scott Card and Martin Greenberg) (unabridged)
- Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1) (Jim Butcher) (unabridged)
Read by James Marsters, this is a great book and a fantastic performance. A Wizard/Private Eye. I loved it. Highly recommended.
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne) (abridged)
Interesting - I had never read any of the original book, although I had been exposed to the story through a number of ways. One of the more interesting classics I have read this year
- Off on a Comet (Jules Verne) (unabridged)
This was rather improbable by current day science, but was possibly quite plausible at the time. An interesting story, where a piece of northern Africa and the Mediterranean gets bounced off onto a comet for a couple of years. One of the weirdest scientific oopses was a translation of 78 F into 46 C - talking about a quite comfortable day in the mid-40's C? I don't think so!
- Legally Correct Fairy Tales (David Fisher) (abridged)
Somewhat amusing, but not really my cup of tea as it turns out
- Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet (MC Beaton) (unabridged)
The Agatha Raisin mysteries are fairly light, and have a touch of romance (the writer is perhaps better known as the romance writer Marian Chesney). Here, Agatha (and the rest of the women in the village) fall in love with the dashing new veterinarian, and oddly enough, things go awry.
- Across the Nightingale Floor (Lian Hearn) (unabridged)
Really good story set in a feudal Japan setting with magic.
- 10 Rings (Yogi Berra) (unabridged)
Well, its about the Yankees, but other than that, it was a very interesting read. Read by Yogi's son, Dale (also a former major leaguer).
- A Series of Unfortunate Events Book 3: The Wide Window (Lemony Snicket)
- A Series of Unfortunate Events Book 4: The Miserable Mill (Lemony Snicket)
The next two books in the series, these read by the author. Definitely amusing, and the author is starting to play with some of the patterns that he set up in the first couple of books.
- From the Dust Returned (Ray Bradbury) (unabridged)
John Glover reads this masterpiece, and does it justice. It springs from a story done for the Halloweeen 1946 issue of the New Yorker magazine, and has slowly been expanded over the years, and finally turned into novel form. While it is not normally "my style", the stories are so well done, and the poetry of the words and the reading is simply superb. Highest marks. Oh yes, and the cover work was done by Charles Addams!
- Enquiry (Dick Francis) (unabridged)
I am a fan of Dick Francis's mysteries, and this one is no exception. A rider and a trainer are suspended for allegedly throwing a race, and the rider goes about setting the record straight and clearing his name.
- Rapunzel's Revenge (Brendan DuBois) / Prince Charming (William L DeAndrea) - unabridged short stories
Cute twists on the familiar fairy tales, set in the current day world. Short and fun.
- The Precipice (Ben Bova) (unabridged)
The Earth is collapsing (economically and ecologically), and the protagonist is trying to get to the Asteroid Belt to get resources to save humanity. Pretty good - I'll read the next book at some point
- The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde) (unabridged)
Catching up on classics. Some good writing, and although one can't really use Wilde to support ethical/moral arguments with much effect, he did make some interesting suggestions.
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (CS Lewis) (unabriged)
Another classic, read since the movie is coming out soon. Not as good nor as powerful as I had remembered, but that's the problem with reading YA stuff again as adults some times. Read by Michael York.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1 - The Bad Beginning (unabriged) (read by Tim Curry)
A new classic, this was an amusing read. A bonus feature was the interview of the author at the end of the reading. I'll definitely read the next one soon.
- Murder on the Yellow Brick Road (Stuart Kaminsky) (unabriged)
An early one of the Toby Peters mysteries set in 1940's LA/Hollywood. This time, a munchkin gets murdered on the set of Wizard of Oz (a full year after the movie came out, so why he was in the costume is a very good question). You may have heard me discuss this series before, and you probably will again.
- Rogue Warrior II: Red Cell (Richard Marcinko) (abridged)
Special Ops type stuff, and a fun read if you are into that kind of thing. (read by the author)
- The Overcoat (Nikolai Gogol) (unabriged short story)
A story translated from Russian, about a civil servant who needs to replace his overcoat. Very good. Recommended by _kk.
- The Big Kill (Mickey Spillane) (unabridged)
Mike Hammer chases after the bad guys who killed a chap who had just left his infant son in a bar to go out into the rain and his death. A little more complicated than some of Spillane's books, this was a good puzzle.
Here are the audiobooks I listened to in the month of July
- Octopussy, The Living Daylights, and The Property of a Lady (Ian Fleming) (unabridged)
These are actual Ian Fleming books, and are very different from the movies (although the setting to The Living Daylights will look familiar).
- The Better To Eat You With (3 short stories, unabridged)
Short stories vaguely based on the ideas from Grimms' Faerie Tales and the like.
- The Last Suppers (Diane Mott Davidson) (abridged)
- Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist (Dorothy Gilman) (unabridged)
- The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling (Lawrence Block) (unabridged)
I love these stories, and this was no exception.
- Plain Tales from the Hills (Rudyard Kipling) (unabridged short stories)
Hmmm...why did I think to read Kipling? This was really quite good, by the by
- Digger (James Herriot) (short stories)
- The Teammates (David Halberstram) (unabridged)
This is a biography based on the lives of Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky, and Dom DiMaggio, who were team mates on the 1940's Red Sox. Very good.
Hello an audio book fan here. Mostly I buy them new from Barnes or used on EBAY. I resell most back on Ebay.
Best of 2005
Fourth Of July - Patterson - Good who done it police story
The Closer - Connaly - Best police novel in years. Closed case one.
Velocity - Koontz - Downright creepy triller
Winning - Jack Welch - Required management book
True Beleiver - Great romantic novel of trust
Harry Potter 6 - rowling - series is still going strong.
- Red Mars - Kim Stanley Robinson (unabridged)
A wonderful book, first in a trilogy that is based on a Mars being terraformed. Perhaps more politics than I would prefer, but the science of the terraforming and some of the philosophy was very interesting. 27 hours or so! My library has all 3 books, and I'll get the second one, but not too soon.
- Rock of Ages - Stephen Jay Gould (unabridged)
Non-fiction, talking about the separate magisteriums of Science and Religion, and how they really shouldn't conflict. Lots of history of science and philosophy.
- Best of Asimov's 2002 (unabridged) Four short stories:
The Clear Skies of Luna, by Greg Benford - another terraforming story, and one that didn't grip me anywhere near as much.
Speaker for the Woodland Sea, by Ian Watson - a world where the surface is entirely wood. Interesting.
Candy Art, by James Patrick Kelly - hard to describe, but good.
With Caesar in the Underworld, by Robert Silverberg - one of his Roma Eterna stories (alternate history).
- The Janson Directive - Robert Ludlum (unabridged)
Middle of the road Ludlum - not as good as the Bourne books, but still gripping if you like the genre. A former government operative is hired to rescue a major world figure, who promptly dies during the escape. Mayhem ensures as Janson tries to figure out what really happened.
- Edge of Danger - Jack Higgins
More espionage/thriller type stuff, but not as good as the Ludlum. Not really recommended unless you really don't have anything better to read. Read by Patrick McNee (The Avengers)