Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Book Talk
Reload this Page >

Anyone do unabridged books on tape?

Book Talk A Place To Discuss Books and Audiobooks

Anyone do unabridged books on tape?

Old 08-29-01, 08:06 PM
  #1  
DVD Talk God
Thread Starter
 
kvrdave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 86,189
Likes: 0
Received 4 Likes on 4 Posts
Anyone do unabridged books on tape?

I discovered these when I was doing a lot of travel. The library has a good number, but now you can get them pretty darn cheap on ebay, too. Anyway, I love them. But they must be unabridged for me. I can't stand the thought of missing something. You?
Old 08-30-01, 01:06 AM
  #2  
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: LA Staples Center
Posts: 13,733
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Try renting them from www.booksontape.com Really helps get through Rush Hour Commute.
Old 08-30-01, 11:27 AM
  #3  
DVD Talk God
Thread Starter
 
kvrdave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 86,189
Likes: 0
Received 4 Likes on 4 Posts
Not bad, but I think Ebay might still be better. I picked up the 20 CD set of Dreamcatcher by Stephen King for $22 delievered. I can probably unload it when I am done for close to that. And I never know when I'll get to it.

Funny thing is, I have basically no commute, but I do find reasons to drive places when I am listening to a good book. I would think that for those with 1 hour + commutes it would darn near be essential.
Old 08-31-01, 12:06 AM
  #4  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: MN
Posts: 1,558
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I love these when I'm driving back and forth to work. Beats the radio most of the time.

I'm just getting ready to order LOTR on CD. 46 discs! That should take a while to get through.
Old 08-31-01, 07:16 PM
  #5  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Arch City
Posts: 8,210
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I must have unabridged! Abridged is suck.

I have a commute to work that lasts anywhere from 45 minutes to over an hour. I listen to books all the time.

Dave,
A great place for buying and renting is www.booksontape.com.
They have a good selection of unabridged. I rent about 3 or 4 for every one I buy.

edit: I guess I should've looked at Kenwood's post before replying!
Old 08-31-01, 07:56 PM
  #6  
DVD Talk God
Thread Starter
 
kvrdave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 86,189
Likes: 0
Received 4 Likes on 4 Posts
Originally posted by BoatDrinks
I must have unabridged! Abridged is suck.
I have listened to just one abridged book. Star Trek I.Q. In the middle of the reading (by John DeLancie), he basically says, and a great adventure happened, but you'll have to read the book to find out all about it. It just sucked.

Very few Star Trek books that are unabridged
Old 09-01-01, 01:40 AM
  #7  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: LA
Posts: 1,388
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I enjoy listening to the Tom Clancy books on tape. I actually have them on mp3, so I can listen to them while working on the pc.

They have to be unadbridged for me too. No way can you take a 400 page book and condense it down to 2 cassettes.
Old 09-06-01, 11:31 AM
  #8  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Laguna Hills, CA
Posts: 4,926
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Me and my wife are both driving (seperate cars) to California from Nebraska starting on the 11th. We got two books on cd -- one was a non-fiction WWII story about a outnumbered platoon and one was a suspense novel but I can't remember the names now.
They were very expensive (from Barnes and Noble)! Kind of sucks but I hope it will make the 1500 mile drive more tolerable.

Maybe someone can set up a thread where we trade audio books with each other?
Old 09-06-01, 11:39 AM
  #9  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Posts: 7,985
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I haven't listened to books on tape in a while, but I used to listen to them quite often. Yes, only unabridged will do for me. I don't see the point of listening to an abridged book. I either absorb the whole book or none of it.

My favorite by far is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, read by the author. He does a wonderful reading with altering character voices. I've both read the book and listened to it and found the listening experience even more enjoyable than the reading.
Old 09-06-01, 06:56 PM
  #10  
DVD Talk God
Thread Starter
 
kvrdave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 86,189
Likes: 0
Received 4 Likes on 4 Posts
Originally posted by Big Daddy

They were very expensive (from Barnes and Noble)! Kind of sucks but I hope it will make the 1500 mile drive more tolerable.

Maybe someone can set up a thread where we trade audio books with each other?
You ought to check with your library.
Old 09-06-01, 09:52 PM
  #11  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Posts: 7,985
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally posted by kvrdave


You ought to check with your library.
Yep. Also check into interlibrary loan. Many public libraries trade with other libraries across the country, so if your library doesn't have something, they can typically get it for you in a few days. And it's free!

If your public library doesn't ILL, almost any college library will.
Old 09-07-01, 10:17 AM
  #12  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Laguna Hills, CA
Posts: 4,926
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hmmm, didn't know about the library exchange thing. Oh well too late now. Maybe I will take Dave's advice and e-bay them when I'm done.
Old 09-07-01, 12:02 PM
  #13  
DVD Talk God
Thread Starter
 
kvrdave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 86,189
Likes: 0
Received 4 Likes on 4 Posts
Originally posted by Big Daddy
Hmmm, didn't know about the library exchange thing. Oh well too late now. Maybe I will take Dave's advice and e-bay them when I'm done.
A very good way to go. I just picked up the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, unabridged on 54 CDs for about $205. It sounds like a lot of money (and it is) but they are out of print, and have been going for upwards of $300. I got myself a lot of listening to do. If you really have a long trip, Stephen King's The Stand is about 26 hours long. I really prefer King when he reads it himself, like the OOP Dark Tower ones, but you can still get them from the library.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.