Audiobook Week: Audiobook resources

Today’s topic for Audiobook Week is Audiobook Resources: “Where do you learn about great audiobook titles? Find reviews? Buy your audiobooks? Share your secrets with the rest of us!”

I know a lot of people use Audible to purchase audiobooks, but I use a Sony Walkman MP3 player for my audiobooks, and it’s not compatible with Audible. I love my Sony Walkman – it’s simple to use, small enough to fit in my pocket while I do housework, and I can arrange and name the files how I like.

Since unabridged audiobooks on CD are very expensive, I don’t buy audiobooks. I rely on my public library to feed my audio addiction – either ripping the CDs to my computer and transferring them to my MP3 player, or downloading them off of my library’s Overdrive site. Yes, this limits me, and I often get very jealous when I read blog reviews of the latest title on audio, but that’s just the way it is. My library has a wide enough variety and they add new titles to Overdrive often enough that I have never run out of things to listen to.

As far as audiobook reviews, many of the blogs I already read review both print books and audiobooks. If you’re looking for a large database of audio reviews, be sure and check out Audiobook Jukebox.

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12 Responses to Audiobook Week: Audiobook resources

  1. Bernadette says:

    My library buys less than 50 audio books a year and many are non-fiction that I’m just not into – so I am thrilled to have found audible as I’d have no other way of getting audio books (none of the libraries here use Overdrive yet)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bernadette – that’s too bad that your library isn’t better about getting audiobooks! And if Audible would use a format compatible with Sony, I’d definitely be signing up, too. :)

  2. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    I love Audiobook Jukebox!

  3. Nise' says:

    I am a huge supporter of my public library!

  4. Okay, I’m having a hard time concentrating on anything else in this post because I’m still stuck on the fact that Sony Walkmans still exist as mp3 players!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Jen – they do indeed! And I’m not the only one who has one – Vasilly uses one, too. :)

  5. Bob says:

    I actually have a Sony Walkman MP3 Player that I just use for music, and a Phillips Go Gear that I use for audiobooks. I actually like both for different reasons.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bob – I’ve never heard of the Go Gear – will have to check it out!

  6. Trish
    Twitter: TriniCapini
    says:

    This is terrible but audiobooks are expensive and I can’t justify the cost. So I also use my library. I’m actually jealous of those who get the *older* titles (like Lolita read by Jeremy Irons!) because my library seems to focus on YA titles or new hot releases. But love overdrive–makes things so easy, huh?

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Trish – I know! I had just about exhausted our library’s catalog of audiobooks until they added Overdrive – now I have a huge wish list and they add more all the time!